The Boonville Pirates baseball team knew it would be tough to beat the Marshall Owls for the second time in less than a week in the conference finale Friday night at Marshall.
Having just beat the Owls 3-2 earlier in the week in a seven inning battle at Twillman field in Harley park, the Pirates again had a struggle on their hands Friday while playing Marshall to a 1-1 tie after the first inning.
As it turned out, Boonville would score three more runs over the next-six innings to beat the Owls 4-1.
While improving to 19-1 on the season with one game left to go Wednesday night at Father Tolton, the Pirates also secured their third straight NCMC title  at 11-1.
Boonville Pirates baseball coach Fred Smith said it’s always nice to go on the road and beat a quality team like Marshall.
“Jared Viertel once again threw a gem on the mound,” Smith said, “but he’s been like that all season for season. I think the biggest thing this year compared to last year is that he is limiting his walks. He had no walks again on Friday but recorded seven strikeouts. That’s hard to beat. I knew Marshall was going to be tough at their place but I thought our kids gutted it out. Ethan Waibel also came up big again for us with two hits. He had the play of the game earlier in the week against Marshall and then led us in hitting again. I knew it was going to be a dogfight but sooner or later we have to start hitting the ball up and down the lineup because districts is just around the corner. We’ll play Father Tolton on Wednesday and then it’s do or die every game after that in districts. However, I am happy for the kids to win their third straight conference title because it shows that night in and night out they stood everybody’s best and came away with a win except for one game.”
The Pirates definitely had the right idea in the top-half of the first with one run on two hits, which included a hit batter and back-to-back singles by Dylan Watson and Ben Horst.
Of course it didn’t take long for Marshall to get the run back. In the bottom-half of the first, the Owls tied the game on two hits and one error to make it 1-1.
The Owls, however, never got any closer as Boonville tacked on another run in the second with two outs-which all started on a dropped third strike. Waibel later hit into a ground out to score Carson Campbell from second to extend the lead to 2-1.
Meanwhile, after both teams failed to score in the third, fourth and fifth innings of play, the Pirates came back and added another run in the sixth on a RBI-single to right by Samuel Wiser and one again in the seventh on a lead-off double to right by Waibel and a sacrifice fly to center by Kole Ficken to make it 4-1.
As for Viertel, the senior hurler improved to 8-0 on the season by giving up just one run on five hits for the complete game victory.
Weber took the loss for Marshall by giving up four runs on five hits while striking out one batter in seven innings.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, Waibel went 2-for-4 with a single and a double. Horst and Wiser each had one single and one RBI while Watson added one single. Ficken also drove in one run.
For Marshall, Makings, Huston, Yung, Haug and Landreth each had one single.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Marshall 9-1 in five innings.
While improving to 7-4 overall and 5-2 in the NCMC, JV coach Adam Arnette said the JV team came out pretty flat.
“We struggled to get anything going early at the plate,” Arnette said. “We didn’t really get anything going until the fourth inning when we started to be patient and take a couple of walks. Ethan Walker did a great job on the mound. He really filled up the strike zone and let the defense play behind him.”
The Pirates also led Marshall from the second inning on by pushing across two runs in the second, one again in the third, five in the fourth and one in the fifth. Marshall scored its only run in the bottom-half of the second.
Ethan Walker picked up the win on the mound for Boonville while Jacob King took the loss for Marshall.
Reece Lang started the game for Boonville and pitched one inning, giving up one walk while striking out three batters. Ethan Walker then came in and pitched four innings in relief and allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out six batters.
For Marshall, Brenen Sullivan pitched two innings and gave up two runs on one hit and five walks while striking out one.
Boonville also finished the game with five hits in the game, with Russell Potter going 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.
Peyton Keeran, Josh Polk, Tyler Schuster and Dawson Barnthouse each had one single while Peyton Taylor, Cale Fox and Kellen Brownfield added one RBI each.
For Marshall, Cole Tucker went 2-for-2 with two singles.
Brenen Sullivan finished the game with one double while Dylan McKinney and Spencer Kirksiek each had one single. Jerome Edward also drove in one run.