Boonville wins 18th straight in NCMC dating back to the start of the 2016 season
The Boonville Pirates baseball team started the second half of the conference season like the first Tuesday night on the road against the Fulton Hornets.
After beating Fulton 11-1 back on March 21st in the home opener, the Pirates have since won five straight in the NCMC by beating every team but the Hannibal Pirates, who they will play on Thursday at Twillman field in Harley park.
Make that six straight after defeating the Hornets 8-3 to improve to 10-2 overall and 6-0 in league play.
Although it took three pitchers and 12 hits to get the job done against Fulton, head coach Fred Smith said the Pirates had a chance to open the game up but just couldn’t capitalize. “Once we got to 6-3, you could tell Fulton had the wind take from their sails,” Smith said. “I thought Connor Barnes and Weston Fahrenbrink came in and dominated their hitters from the fourth inning on. I couldn’t ask for more from Connor. He came in with bases loaded in the first and got us out of the inning with the lead.”
Of course the Pirates couldn’t have asked for a better start, at least offensively in the first-two innings after plating two in the top-half of the first on a two-out RBI-single to right by Ben Horst and a RBI-single to center by Fahrenbrink.
Meanwhile, after giving up just one run in the bottom-half of the inning with the bases loaded, Boonville came back and tacked on another run in the second on back-to-back singles each by Blake Barnes and Makiah Waibel to go up 3-1.
But even that was short-lived as Fulton rallied back again one inning later with two runs in the third on four hits and a hit batter to tie the game at 3-all.
The Hornets never got any closer to taking the lead after that as Boonville came back and plated two in the fifth on one walk and two hits, which included a double to left by Kole Ficken, a sacrifice fly to center for a run by Dylan Watson and a RBI-double to center by Fahrenbrink to extend the lead to 5-3.
The Pirates also sent one across in the sixth on a steal home by Barnes and two in the sixth on a RBI-double to left by Fahrenbrink and a RBI-single to left by Lang to make it 8-3.
As for Fulton, they had only one runner reach base after the fourth inning with a single in the fifth. Barnes and Fahrenbrink combined to retire the side in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings of play.
As for Barnes, the sophomore hurler picked up his second win of the season by pitching 5 1/3 innings in relief of starter Jared Viertel. Viertel pitched 2/3 inning and gave up one run on one hit and three walks while striking out one. Barnes then came in and surrendered two runs on five hits while striking out eight. Then, to finish the game, Fahrenbrink pitched one inning and allowed no hits, no runs and no walks.
Jared Peery took the loss for Fulton by giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out one batter in four innings. Devin Masek then came in and pitched three innings in relief and issued five runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two.
Boonville also out-hit Fulton 12-6, which marked the eighth time in 11 games with 10 hits or more. The Pirates have also outscored their opponent 37-11 in the last four games.
Smith said hitting is contangious and the Pirates are spreading it around. “I’m proud of the players and feel we are getting close to become the team we all are hoping for,” Smith said.
Fahrenbrink is also looking like the hitter that Smith envisioned him to be at the start of the season. With two doubles and three RBIs in four at-bats against Fulton, Fahrenbrink raised his average to a team-leading .519 for the season.
Smith said Fahrenbrink is keeping things simple and seeing the ball well and using the entire field. “I’m really happy for him as he works hard,” Smith said.
Horst also had another two-hit game for the Pirates while driving in one run. Makiah Waibel also raised his average over 100 points with two hits, one of which went for a double, and one RBI. Ficken also doubled while Dylan Watson and Riley Lang added a single and one RBI each and Blake Barnes with one single.
For Fulton, Devon Keltner went 2-for-3 with two singles.
Boonville also won the JV game by a score of 7-6 to improve to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the NCMC.
Boonville JV coach Adam Arnette said this was their worst game defensively, as they committed eight errors as a team.
“It didn't look like the team we are all used to seeing out there,” Arnette said. “We made a lot of mistakes and couldn't make routine plays. However, we looked pretty good at the plate collecting eight hits. Samuel Wiser, Clayton Gochenour, and Kellen Barnes all collected multiple hits and led the team offensively. On the mound, Carson Campbell did a great job for us throwing four innings. He attacked hitters and made them put the ball in play.”
With the score tied at 4-all after four complete innings, the Pirates came out and outscored Fulton 3-2 in the fifth to garner the victory.
Trae Williams picked up the win in relief for Boonville. Carson Campbell started the game and pitched the first-four innings, giving up four runs on three hits and one walk while striking out five. Williams then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed two runs on one hit and two walks while striking out two batters.
Boonville also had eight hits in the game against Fulton, with Samuel Wiser going 2-for-3 with two singles and two runs batted in. Kellen Barnes had two singles and one RBI while Clayton Gochenour added two singles, Trae Williams with one triple and one RBI and Jaylen Butner with one single and one RBI. Dylan Barnthouse also drove in one run.