The Boonville Pirates C team finished third over the weekend in the Columbia Rock Bridge Tournament.
The Pirates won a pitcher’s duel on Friday by beating Jefferson City by a score of 2-1.
Cody Garner picked up the complete game victory for the Pirates, while Hunter Pethan provided the damage with his bat with a walk off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to score Saylor Marquez.
In the second game on Saturday, Boonville scored five in the top of the first but failed to hold the lead.
The Pirates wound up losing 10-7 against Battle in the semifinal round.
“We came out strong but just were not able to get big defensive outs when we had a chance,” said Boonville coach Joe Henke. “Battle is a tough-hitting team and we couldn’t keep up. Their second pitcher had us off balance with off-speed pitches.”
In the third game, the Pirates were able to score early and often over Southern Boone for a 17-4 victory.
Lane West pitched a complete game and did a great job throwing strikes, Henke said. “We had a balanced hitting effort from our lineup,” Henke said. “We got bit hits from just about everyone. Saylor Marquez, Cody Garner and Kahle Rice each had long line drives and had multiple hits and RBIs. I was proud of our effort over the weekend. The boys played hard and we got great pitching out of our boys. We would love to have the Battle game back but I loved the way we responded on Saturday. It was a great birthday present for me.”
Pirates C-team wins 10-7 over Fulton
The Boonville Pirates C team scored nine runs in the first-two innings and never looked back, beating Fulton Wednesday night in Fulton 10-7.
The Pirates C team, who improved to 8-5-1 overall, opened the game with six runs in the top-half of the first and then sent three runs across in the second to extend the lead to 9-0. However, after a scoreless third, Fulton rallied back with three runs in the fourth to make it 9-3. Then, after Boonville added another run in the top-half of the fifth, Fulton came back and tacked on four more runs for the victory.
Boonville C team coach Joe Henke said the Pirates got off to a great start by scoring nine runs in the first-two innings. “We pitched several kids and didn’t do a good job of throwing strikes in the late innings,” Henke said.
Bryce Harris picked up the win for the Pirates by giving up just one hit and one walk in two innings. Harris also struck out two batters. Saylor Marquez and Axton Nease followed Harris with one inning each, with Spencer Steakley throwing two innings in relief and Hunter Pethan one inning to closeout the game.
Phillips took the loss for Fulton.
As for the hitting in the game, Marquez went 3-for-3 with two singles, one double and four RBIs. Charlie Bronakowski was 2-for-3 with two singles and two RBIs while Kayle Rice added a double and one RBI, Nease, Pethan and Harris each with one single and one RBI and Andrew Wiser with one single.
Phillips had three of the team’s four hits for Fulton, with two doubles, one triple and two RBIs.