The Boonville Pirates baseball team could have quit after the third inning the way things were going Tuesday night on the road against the Moberly Spartans.
After putting up three runs in each of the first and third innings to lead Moberly 6-0, head coach Fred Smith said his team just quit playing for some reason for the rest of the game. Luckily for Boonville, the six-run cushion was good enough to beat the Spartans 6-2 for the season sweep.
“We got out to a great start but then we just quit playing,” Smith said. “Connor Barnes probably had his best outing in my opinion but after going up 6-0 we just quit. I think we had only one hit after the third. We are not playing a complete game and kind of coasted. It’s another road win so that’s good but we need to get this thing figured out in a hurry because districts is just around the corner.”
Once again, the Pirates did everything well as far as pitching and defense against Moberly. Barnes evened his season record to 1-1 by holding Moberly to just one hit and one walk over a six inning stint. He also struck out seven batters. Kellen Barnes also pitched part of the seventh while giving up two runs on two hits and one walk. Then, to closeout the game, Reece Lang pitched one inning and struck out two batters.
As for the pitching for Moberly, Wetrich took the loss by giving up six runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four batters in three innings.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville plated three runs in the top-half of the first on one walk and three hits, all singles by Trae Williams, Kole Ficken and Barnes. Ficken’s two-RBI single also put him at 24 RBIs in nine games for the team lead.
The Spartans barely got a smell after that as Barnes retired the side in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings of play. Moberly stranded one in the third on an error and then left two on in the sixth after a walk and another miscue.
As for the three-run third inning for Boonville, Ficken again led things off with a single to center. Then, after another single to center by Dylan Watson, Barnes collected his second hit of the game with a RBI-double to left to extend the lead to 5-0. Two batters later, senior Avery Reardon drove in the final run with a RBI-single to right.
A total of nine batters came to the plate in the inning for Boonville. However it was pretty quiet for the rest of the game as the Pirates put up goose eggs over the next four innings. Meanwhile, in the seventh, Moberly finally got on the board with two runs on one walk, two hits, a hit batter and catcher obstruction.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, who improved to 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the NCMC, Connor Barnes went 2-for-3 with a single, double and two RBIs. Ficken had two singles and two RBIs while Reardon added two singles and one RBI, Watson one single and one RBI and Williams, Ben Horst and Carson Campbell each with one single.
Boeding had two hits in the game for Moberly, both being singles.
Boonville also won the JV game against Moberly 11-9.
The Pirates, improving to 3-4 overall and 3-2 in the CAC, trailed Moberly at one point by a score of 9-8 before rallying with three runs in the top-half of the fifth for the victory.
Boonville JV coach Adam Arnette said it was an exciting game. “We totaled 11 hits,” Arnette said. “Keeran and Taylor all had two hits each. These guys really bounced back and played their game this week. They got down in the fourth and bounced right back to take the lead in the top of the fifth. Two runners got on in the fifth and we were able to step up defensively and shut them down. I am really happy with the way we battled.”
Peyton Keeran picked up the win in relief for Boonville. Kellen Brownfield started the game and pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on four hits and four walks. Keeran then came in and pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two. Then, to finish the game, Ethan Walker pitched one inning and yielded two hits.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, Peyton Taylor went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and three RBIs. Keeran had a single, double and one RBI while Brownfield added two singles and two RBIs, Russell Potter with one triple, Chris Gross with one double and one RBI, Cody Garner and Dawson Barnthouse each with one single and Clayton Gochenour with one RBI.