Improve to 7-1 on the season
The Boonville Pirates baseball team got back on track Friday night against the Odessa Bulldogs.
After dropping their first game of the season one night earlier at Hannibal 3-2, the Pirates looked like their old self against Odessa by pounding out 10 runs on 11 hits en route to a 10-3 victory.
“Totally different mindset,” said Boonville Pirates baseball coach Fred Smith. “We talked about what we needed to do. We were more aggressive at the plate and pitching and defense were steady for us. We also got out to an early lead in the first but then put it on in the second and third inning. Much better outing but we still have a lot of work to do. It’s a work in progress but we got in three games this week so we’ll take it.”
Boonville senior pitcher Jared Viertel will also take his fifth win of the season. Although Viertel saw his ERA go from .000 to .447, the senior righty was still dominating while giving up just two runs on one hit and four walks in 3 2/3 innings. He also struck out four batters.
Of course Smith used a total of four pitchers on the night, with Kellen Barnes throwing 2/3 inning and giving up one run on one hit and two walks. Reece Lang then came in and pitched 1 2/3 innings and struck out two batters while giving up one hit and one walk. Then, to finish the game, Mason Hage struck out one batter in one inning.
Smith said Viertel’s numbers were exceedingly high but with the cold weather he didn’t want to chance him getting hurt so that’s why he pulled him after 3 2/3 innings.
“He did his job and set the tone the first couple of innings and had good velocity, so all in all good outing,” Smith said.
The Pirates also scored in every but the final two, which by then was mostly JV players.
Boonville opened the game with one run in the first on two hits but then batted around in the second with six of the nine reaching base. The Pirates also had four hits and two walks in the inning, which included big hits from Ethan Waibel, Trae Williams and Kole Ficken. Waibel had a RBI-single to right, followed by a two-RBI triple down the right field line by Trae Williams. Ficken then followed it up with a RBI-double to left to extend the lead to 5-0.
The runs didn’t stop there. After another scoreless inning by Odessa in the third, Boonville came back and plated four more runs in the bottom-half of the inning on a RBI-double to left by Ben Horst, a two-RBI-single to center by Waibel and a RBI-single to left center by Williams to make it 9-0.
From there the JV team pretty much played the rest of the game. Odessa finally got on the board with two runs in the fourth on one hit, one walk and one error. Then, after Boonville plated one in the bottom-half of the inning on a fielder’s choice by Horst, Odessa came back and added another run in the fifth on two walks and two walks.
Boonville also gunned down a Odessa runner in the inning, which started as a double to right. However on the relay throw in to Ficken at second, the senior standout had a perfect throw to third to get the runner.
As for the hitting, Waibel had a big night with three hits with two singles, one double and three RBIs. Williams was 2-for-3 with a single, triple and three RBIs while Ficken had a single, double and one RBI, Horst with one double and two RBIs and Connor Barnes, Dylan Barnthouse and Carson Campbell each with one single.
In the JV game, Boonville fell to Odessa 6-0.
Boonville JV coach Adam Arnette said the JV team gave up too many walks and that was the difference in the game. “We really need to get back to four game of filling up the strike zone and letting our defense work,” Arnette said. “One bright spot was Cody Garner coming in and doing a great job on the mound and at the plate. He threw four innings and struck out 10 and also had two hits.”
The loss dropped Boonville’s JV to 2-4 on the season.
As for Garner, the freshman hurler pitched four innings in relief of starter Cale Fox and struck out 10 batters while giving up one hit and one walk. Fox took the loss for Boonville by giving up three runs on one hit and three walks in the first. Peyton Keeran also pitched one inning in relief and allowed three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out one.
Managing hits for Boonville were Garner with two singles and Peyton Taylor and Chris Gross each with one hit.