Led 7-3 after 3 1/2 in the first game but falls by a score of 10-7
The Boonville Pirates C-baseball team could have easily came away with a sweep Thursday night against the Blair Oaks Falcons.
After dropping doubleheader Monday night at home against Columbia Hickman, Boonville looked to be well on its way to winning the game against Blair Oaks while leading 7-3 after 3 1/2. However, in the bottom-half of the fourth, Blair Oaks exploded for seven runs and never looked back for a 10-7 victory.
In the nightcap, Boonville led Blair Oaks from the first inning to win 12-7 for the split.
Boonville C-baseball coach Paul Moore said the first game of the night was a bit of a rough one for the boys considering they had a decent lead late in the ballgame.
“I thought Peyton (Keeran) did an excellent job on the mound and gave us three solid innings before his pitch count came up, and our offense gave him more support that helped him settle in. Our bullpen just struggled towards the end and got knocked around a little bit, but that can happen on any given night. I felt like we did a much better job of cleaning up our defensive game and limiting our walks a little bit more tonight than we did Monday, and that showed in our ability to score some runs and take the lead late in the game. However, we still had a couple of mental mistakes that proved costly in the end. These guys are young and they are still learning the finer points of the game, so that knowledge will come with time and we will get better in those situations.”
After both teams put up one run in the first, the Pirates came back and tacked on another run in the second to make it 2-1. However, in the bottom-half of the third, Blair Oaks plated two more runs to go up by a score of 3-2. Then, after Boonville exploded for five runs in the top-half of the fourth to make it 7-3, Blair Oaks rallied back again with seven runs for the victory.
Cale Fox took the loss on he mound for Boonville. Peyton Keeran started the game and pitched the first-three innings, giving up three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two. Fox then came in and pitched part of the fourth and surrendered seven runs on six hits and two walks. Then, to finish the game, Ethan Walker pitched one inning and struck out one batter.
Blair Oaks also out-hit Boonville 11-7, with Lentz and Morriss each collecting three hits.
For Boonville, Avery Lauer went 2-for-2 with two singles and two RBIs. Josh Polk also had two hits and drove in one run while Russell Potter doubled and drove in two runs. Peyton Keeran and Dawson Barnthouse each singled while Cale Fox finished the game with one RBI.
In the nightcap, Moore said this game was indicative of the way he thinks this team can play.
“Josh Polk did a very nice job on the mound for us, and we were able to provide him with a lot of run support by being patient and working into favorable counts at the plate,” Moore said. “It’ll be tough to put up double digit runs every game, but I do think that we can be an offensive threat as times goes on. If we can develop our pitching and continue to improve defensively, I feel like we could continue to win games.”
The second game was also back and forth, with Boonville lead 2-0 after 2 1/2 only to have Blair Oaks rally back with two in the bottom-half of the inning to tie the game at 2-all. The only difference in this game and Game 1 is that Boonville held on to the lead while rallying back with six in the fourth and four in the fifth to extend the lead to 12-2. Then, in the bottom-half of the fifth, Blair Oaks made it interesting with five runs to cut the lead to five.
Josh Polk picked up the win on the mound for Boonville, who improved to 3-1 on the season. Polk pitched the first-four innings and struck out five batters while giving up two runs on four hits and three walks. Ethan Walker then came in and pitched part of the fifth and allowed five runs on two hits and three walks. Then, to finish the game, Heath Danner pitched one inning and walked one.
Boonville also out-hit Blair Oaks 13-6, with Heath Danner going 3-for-3 with three singles and two RBIs.
Peyton Keeran was 2-for-3 with a single, triple and three RBIs while Avery Lauer added a single, double and four RBIs, Josh Polk with a single, double and two RBIs, Dawson Barnthouse with a single and a double and Cale Fox and Brett Nowlin each with one single.