Win 16-5 to closeout the regular season at 20-1 overall
The Boonville Pirates baseball team matched its season high for runs by beating Father Tolton 16-5 in the regular season finale Wednesday night in Columbia.
With the district tournament starting Saturday at Twillman field in Harley park, the Pirates appear to be peaking at the right time while pounding out 20 hits against the Blazers.
The win was also the 20th of the season for the Pirates, who improved to 20-1 overall.
Needless to say, Boonville Pirates baseball coach Fred Smith had mixed feelings on the game.
“Really good season,” Smith said. “I know I am being picky at 20-1, but I thought this game was a mixed bag. Yeah we ended up having 20 hits so I thought we hit the ball really well, but pitching-wise wasn’t our normal. We also committed five errors, which on the season we maybe have 20 so a little lackluster there. Hopefully we got that out of the way going into districts but we hit the ball really well, ran the bases well and did a lot of positive things.”
Another positive coming out of the game is that Boonville has now won 14 straight. The Pirates dropped their only game of the season back on April 12th against Hannibal 3-2 but avenged that loss 16 days later by a score of 5-2.
Senior pitcher Jared Viertel also remained perfect on the season at 9-0. Although not his sharpest game of the season, Viertel still managed to strikeout seven batters in three innings. Father Tolton, however, tagged the right-handed hurler for four runs on four hits and two walks.
Smith also used both Reece Lang and Connor Barnes for two innings each. Lang struck out three batters and gave up one run on four hits while Barnes struck out three batters and allowed two hits and one walk.
Drew Timmerman took the loss for Father Tolton by giving up five runs on six hits in one inning.
Of course this game was over quickly as Boonville came out and reeled off eight unanswered runs in the first-two innings. But then errors began to show its ugly face as Father Tolton rallied back with two in its half of the second, two again in the third and one in the fourth to make it 9-5.
The Blazers never got any closer as Boonville scored the next seven runs with four in the fifth and three in the seventh to lead 16-5.
“I told the kids that five errors can’t happen because we are now one and done time,” Smith said. “You come out and have a flat day, it’s over. Hopefully we have enough senior leadership that they’ll take care of that.”
With six players with at least two hits or more in the game, senior Ben Horst appeared to take the lead for Boonville with four hits in four at-bats with one single, three doubles and four RBIs.
Kole Ficken also had four hits with three singles, one double and two RBIs while Trae Williams added two singles, one triple and four RBIs, Ethan Waibel with one single and one double, Dylan Watson two singles and three RBIs, Samuel Wiser two singles, Avery Reardon one single and two doubles, Connor Barnes one single and one RBI and Carson Campbell with one single.
For Father Tolton, Max Schelich had three hits while Stephen Wilson, Joe Sinek and Derrick Evers added two hits each.
In the JV game, Father Tolton defeated Boonville 9-7.
Despite the loss, which closed out the JV season at 7-5, coach Adam Arnette said his team hit the ball well. “We actually ended up out-hitting them 11-3, but we allowed way too many walks and it ended up costing us the game,” Arnette said. “We just can’t allow that many free bases and expect to have a positive result.”
Ethan Walker took the loss for Boonville by giving up two runs on one hit and six walks in three innings. He also struck out two.
As for the hitting, Clayton Gochenour went 2-for-3 with a single, triple and two RBIs. Cody Garner finished the game with a single and a double while Chris Gross added two singles and one RBI, Tyler Schuster two singles, Peyton Keeran with a double and one RBI, Russell Potter one double and Dawson Barnthouse with one single and one RBI.