The Boonville Pirates C Baseball Team finished 4-0 to capture first in the Columbia Freshmen Baseball Tournament over the weekend.
With two wins on Friday and two again on Saturday, the Pirates also improved their season record to 15-5 overall.
Of course it wasn’t easy for Boonville, who opening tournament play on Friday with a 8-7 win over Battle. Then, after beating Blair Oaks in the second game on Friday by a score of 14-3, the Pirates came back to win 14-2 in the first game on Saturday against Jefferson City in five innings. Meanwhile, in the championship game, Boonville led Southern Boone of Ashland from the third inning on for a 4-1 victory.
Boonville C-team coach Paul Moore said this was the best baseball the team has played all season and they peaked at the exact right time.
“Our offense exploded for 40 runs in four games while our defense and pitching staff held our opponents to only 13 runs on those four games,” Moore said. “We were able to put the pressure on early and force our opponents to play from behind. I couldn’t be more proud of the effort and determination that I saw this weekend. It was the baseball team that I knew we could be all year and it came together at the perfect time. Our pitching staff did a tremendous job of throwing strikes and drawing weak contact.
“I felt like we could have been a little bit better defensively at times, but we made some tough plays to get us out of some key situations. The key for us in this tournament was that our offense put up enough runs to save our pitch count a bit, so we were pretty fresh going into the championship game. We were confidence that if we could continue to put up runs against a very talented Southern Boone team, we would have a great chance of winning with Trae and Connor on the mound. This is a very talented group of individuals, but it was the best team effort we’ve had all season. We hope to continue building on this momentum during our final game of the season on Tuesday versus Father Tolton.”
The Pirates definitely had the perfect start against Battle after exploding for six runs in the top-half of the first. However, after going up 8-3 after 6 1/2, Boonville may have let its guard down by allowing Battle to rally back with four runs in the bottom-half of the seventh.
Trae Williams picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by striking out seven batters in 3 2/3 innings. He also gave up just one run on three hits and two walks.
Boonville also matched Battle with eight hits, with Clayton Gochenour going 2-for-4 with two singles and one RBI. Kellen Brownfield and Tristan Hauptmann each had one double and one RBI in the game while Tyler Schuster and Malik Brazil added one single and one RBI each and Connor Barnes and Reece Lang each with one single.
In the game later that afternoon against Blair Oaks, the Pirates again had a great start with seven runs in the first-two innings to win by the mercy rule after four.
Josh Schildmeier picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by giving up one run on four hits and three walks in four innings.
Boonville also had 14 hits in the game against Blair Oaks, with Trae Williams going 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple and five RBIs. Carson Campbell was also 3-for-4 with three singles while Tristan Hauptmann added a single, double and one run batted in, Clayton Gochenour with two singles and three RBIs, Logan Zaugg with two singles and two RBIs, Kellen Brownfield with two singles and one RBI and Malik Brazil with one RBI.
In the first game on Saturday, the Pirates picked up where they left off on Friday by exploding for 14 runs over the first-three innings to lead Jefferson City by a score of 14-2.
Reece Lang pitched all five innings for the Pirates for the win and gave up two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out three.
Boonville also out-hit Jefferson City 12-3 with seven of the team’s 12 hits going for extra bases. Connor Barnes went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and four runs batted in. Clayton Gochenour was also 2-for-3 with a single, double and one RBI while Trae Williams added two singles, Tristan Hauptmann with one double and one RBI, Carson Campbell with one double, Reece Lang with one single and three RBIs, Malik Brazil with one single and one RBI and Kellen Brownfield and Tyler Schuster each with one single.
In the championship game against Southern Boone, the Pirates again led from start to finish while pushing across one run in the third and three in the fourth to go up 4-0. Southern Boone then came back with one in the bottom-half of the fifth for its only run of the ballgame.
Trae Williams picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by giving up one run on two hits and one walk in five innings. He also struck out six batters.
Boonville also finished the game with seven hits in the game, with Carson Campbell going 3-for-4 with two singles, one double and one RBI. Tristan Hauptmann also doubled in the game while Clayton Gochenour, Tyler Schuster and Malik Brazil each singled and Trae Williams drove in one run.