The Boonville Pirates C baseball team picked up a split against Battle Monday night at Twillman field in Harley park.
After winning the first game 4-2, the Pirates dropped the second game of the doubleheader 10-8.
The split put the Pirates at 7-2-1 on the season.
Boonville Pirates C-baseball coach Joe Henke said it was a pitchers duel in the first game. “Both sides struggled to get runners on,” Henke said. “We were able to break through in the bottom of the sixth with three runs to finally put us ahead. I am proud of the effort from the boys and we were able to get big time pitching from Lane and Charlie. They came through in a big way against a good Battle team. Lane not only pitched well, he came through with a big double to get us going in the fifth inning. Great win tonight. It was a good team effort. In the second game I thought that we were just sloppy in all phases. We didn’t throw strikes and when we did, our defense let us down. It was frustrating. We normally make many of those plays and our pitchers were not able to get out of the inning. Battle took advantage of our mistakes and scored runs in four of the five innings. I will give the boys credit, we continued to fight back and we never quit. We scored in four of the innings as well, collecting 11 hits on the night.”
After four scoreless innings in Game 1, Battle finally broke through with two runs in the top-half of the fifth to go up 2-0. However it was all Boonville after that with one run in the bottom half of the fifth and three against in the sixth for the win.
Charlie Bronakowski picked up the win in relief for Boonville while Sarabia took the loss for Battle.
Lane West started the game for Boonville and struck out 10 batters in 4 1/3 innings. He also gave up two runs on three hits and three walks. Bronakowski then came in and pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief and allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two.
Boonville also out-hit Battle 10-4, with Kayle Rice going 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI.
Cody Garner also had two hits, both being singles. West finished the game with a triple and one RBI while Spencer Steakley added a double, Bronakowski with a RBI-single and Bryce Harris, Saylor Marquez and Andrew Wiser each with one single.
Scofield had a single, double and one RBI to lead Battle.
In Game 2, Boonville and Battle battled back and forth tied 4-4 after one, 5-5 after two and 6-6 after three. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Battle outscored Boonville 4-2 to go up 10-8 and then held the Pirates scoreless in the sixth for the win.
Tolbert was the winning pitcher in the game for Battle while Hunter Pethan took the loss for Boonville. Axton Nease started the game and pitched 2/3 inning, giving up four runs on one hit and four walks while striking out one. Spencer Steakley then came in and pitched 1 1/3 inning and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. Meanwhile, after Cody Garner pitched 1 1/3 innings and issued four runs on four hits while striking out three, Hunter Pethan came in and pitched 1 2/3 innings and yielded two hits and one walk.
Sutton, Halloway, Beavers and Huskey each had two hits in the game for Battle.
For Boonville, who actually out-hit Battle 11-10, Garner went 2-for-3 with a single and a double. Steakley finished the game with two singles and two RBIs while Bronakowski added two singles, Nease, Pethan, Rice and West each with one single and one RBI and Marquez with one single.