The Boonville Pirates C baseball team added another split Tuesday night against the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tigers by winning the first game 6-4 and dropping the second 8-7.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 9-3-1 overall, C team coach Joe Henke said he was proud of the way the team competed. “We got a good starting pitching and we played a good first game,” Henke said. “Unfortunately, we were not able to finish out the second game. I am disappointed with the teams poor attitude in the second game. We have to be able to overcome difficult situations and get past a few mistakes. We have to fix a few things fundamentally and keep our focus from game to game.”
In Game 1, the Pirates opened the game with two runs in the first and then sent four runs across in the third. Sedalia Smith-Cotton scored two in each of the second and fifth innings of play.
Hunter Pethan picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. He also struck out three batters. Spencer Steakley then came in and pitched 1/3 inning and allowed just one hit.
Boonville also out-hit Smith-Cotton 10-9, with Charlie Bronakowski going 3-for-3 with a single, two doubles and one RBI. Harper Stock was 2-for-2 with two singles and one RBI while Saylor Marquez added a double and two RBIs, Lane West also with one double and Bryce Harris, Kayle Rice and Andrew Wiser each with one single.
In the nightcap, Boonville led Smith-Cotton 4-1 after 3 1/2 but then surrendered six runs in the bottom-half of the fourth to trail 7-4. Then, after tying the game in the top-half of the fifth, the Pirates gave up the go ahead run in the bottom half of the inning for the loss.
Kayle Rice took the loss in relief for Boonville by giving up one run on one walk.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, Rice had two hits with a single and a triple. Steakley doubled and drove in one run while Marquez and Cameron Ray added a single and one RBI each, West with one single, Bronakowski with two RBIs and Harley Waller with one RBI.
Pirates C team picks up split against Bruins
Another doubleheader, another split for the Boonville Pirates C baseball team Monday night on the road against Rock Bridge.
While taking the first game 3-1 behind the pitching of Cody Garner and Charlie Bronakowski, the Pirates couldn’t seem to get the big hit in the nightcap in a 4-3 loss.
“We had a great night of pitching last night,” said Boonville C team coach Joe Henke.  “It was a great night of baseball between two good teams.  Each side pitched and played solid defense.  Runs were hard to come by and I am proud of the way the boys competed last night.  Rock Bridge is a good team and we were able to win one and almost pulled out a sweep.   We had a few bad moments, but all in all, I am proud of the effort.   We need a few more timely hits, but our pitching was fantastic.  Cody, Charlie, Spencer and Kayle came in a did a great job of throwing strikes and gave us strong performances.”
Of course the Pirates could do no wrong in Game 1 while out-hitting, out-pitching and out-playing the Bruins in the field. Boonville also scored just enough runs while plating one in the first and two again in the fourth.
As for the pitching, Garner picked up the win by giving up just two hits and three walks in five innings. He also struck out five batters. Bronakowski then came in and pitched two innings in relief and gave up one just one hit.
Crouse took the loss for Rock Bridge by giving up three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out six batters.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, Spencer Steakley had the only extra base hit in the ballgame with a double. Bronakowski and Bryce Harris each had one single and drove in one run while Axton Nease, Kayle Rice, Spencer Steakley and Lane West added one single each. Hunter Pethan also drove in one run.
For Rock Bridge, Owen, Bassford, Kallenboch and Arnett each had one single.
Boonville also led Rock Bridge 3-1 after three innings in the nightcap before surrendering two in the fifth and one again in the sixth to suffer the loss.
Clapp picked up the win on the mound for Rock Bridge while Kayle Rice took the loss for Boonville. Clapp pitched two innings and struck out three batters while giving up just one hit.
For Boonville, Bronakowski pitched the first-three innings and allowed one run on five hits while striking out three batters. Steakley then came in and pitched one inning in relief and yielded two runs on three hits. Then, to finish the game, Rice pitched 1 1/3 innings and issued one run on two hits.
Rock Bridge also out-hit Boonville 10-6, with Kallenboch, Borgmeyer and Metz collecting two hits each.
For Boonville, Bronakowski doubled while Garner, Harris, Cameron Ray, Harper Stock and Harley Waller each singled. Stock also drove in two runs while Saylor Marquez had one RBI.