The Boonville 8U All-Stars captured first in the Missouri Babe Ruth State Tournament over the weekend in Scott City, Missouri by finishing the tournament with a record of 4-0-1.
The Boonville 8U All-Stars will now advance to the Babe Ruth World Series on July 28-August 5 in Jensen Beach/Treasure Coast, Florida.
Although the Boonville 8U All-Stars wound up winning four straight to closeout the tournament, the opening game on Thursday against Heartland ended in a 5-5 tie.
But even then it took a rally by Boonville with four runs in the bottom half of the fourth to tie the game.
Karrman Leonard, Kinlei Ruffel and Kinsey Biesmeyer each had two singles to pace all hitters for Boonville. Paige Vroman homered in the third for the 8U All-Stars while  Jaden Ronnfeldt, Graycen Syferd, Penny Hoff and Reece Ball each had one single.
No team came closer than two runs against Boonville for the rest of the tournament as the 8U All-Stars defeated Sikeston 5-3 on Friday and 10-2 on Saturday.
In the game on Friday, Boonville and Sikeston were tied 3-3 after one but then the 8U All-Stars came back and tacked on one run in each of the third and fourth innings for the victory.
Jaden Ronnfeldt picked up the win in the circle for Boonville.
Karrman Leonard, Avery Schrick, Greycen Syferd and Destiny Hawkins each had one single in the game for Boonville. Schrick and Ronnfeldt also drove in one run each.
In the third game of the tournament and second against Sikeston, the Boonville 8U All-Stars left little doubt this time while pushing across six runs in the first three innings and four more runs in the fifth.
Boonville also had its best offensive performance of the tournament by out-hitting Sikeston 16-5.
Karrman Leonard and Kinlei Ruffel each had three hits in the game for Boonville. Paige Vroman and Jaden Ronnfeldt finished the game with two singles and one RBI each while Greycen Syferd added two singles, Reece Ball one single and two RBIs, Kinsey Biesmeyer and Brookie Hicks each with one single and one RBI and Destiny Hawkins with one single.
Ruffel also drove in two runs while Leonard had one RBI.
In the final game on Saturday against Heartland, the Boonville 8U All-Stars again led from start to finish by pushing across one run in each of the first, second and third innings of play and three in the fourth to extend the lead to 6-1. However in the fifth, Heartland plated four runs to cut the lead to one at 6-5. Meanwhile, in the sixth, Boonville added another run for a 7-5 victory.
Boonville also out-hit Heartland 14-12, with Karrman Leonard going 3-for-4 with three singles and three RBIs.
Destiny Hawkins also finished the game with three hits and one RBI while Kinlei Ruffel and Jaden Ronnfeldt added two singles each, Kinsey Biesmeyer one single and two RBIs and Paige Vroman, Greycen Syferd and Penny Hoff each with one single.
In the championship game on Sunday, the Boonville 8U All-Stars defeated Heartland 6-3 for the state title.
Although Heartland wound up closing the gap in the third and fourth to make it a three run ballgame, they were no match in the first two innings as Boonville opened the game with two runs in the bottom half of the first and four again in the second to make it 6-0.
Kinsey Biesmeyer led the hitting attack in the game for Boonville with three singles and one RBI.
Kinlei Ruffel finished the game with one single, one triple and two RBIs while Greycen Syferd added two singles, Jaden Ronnfeldt with one single and two RBIs, Karrman Leonard one single and one RBI and Paige Vroman, Penny Hoff and Destiny Hawkins each with one single.