Boonville Pirates C baseball coach Joe Henke saw Monday night’s season opener against Columbia Hickman as a typical first game.
Although the Pirates wound up losing both games against Hickman 7-3 and 9-5, Henke said his team did several good things but had a few bad innings cost them in both games. “I thought Jamesian McKee pitched two solid innings and had two good hits,” Henke said. “We also were able to get several good innings from Austin Schuster, Memphis Waibel and Chandler Stonecipher. All in all, this will give us a good base to build up from.”
Hickman never trailed in either game and managed a total of five hits in two games while Boonville had just four hits.
In Game 1, the Kewpies jumped out to stay against Boonville with three runs in the first and then tacked on another run in the fourth to go up 4-0. Meanwhile, after both teams failed to score in the third, Boonville finally got on the board with three runs in the fourth to cut the lead to one at 4-3. The Pirates never got any closer in the ballgame as Hickman plated three more runs in the fifth.
Owen Lamb picked up win on the mound for Hickman while Jamesian McKee took the loss for Boonville. Lamb pitched three innings and gave up just two walks while striking out four batters. McKee, meanwhile, pitched the first-three innings and allowed four runs on four walks while striking out three. Austin Schuster then came in and pitched two innings in relief and gave up three runs on one hit and two walks while striking out two batters.
Mason Meloy had the only hit in the game for Hickman, being a double.
For Boonville, who out-hit Hickman 3-1, Nash McKenzie singled and drove in one run while McKee and Aidan Lemmons added one single each. Aiden Battreall also drove in one run.
In the nightcap, Hickman scored all nine of their runs in the first four innings while Boonville plated one in the first and two in each of the third and fourth innings.
Ryan Holmes was the winning pitcher in the game for Hickman while Memphis Waibel took the loss for Boonville. Holmes pitched all five innings and gave up five runs on one hit and nine walks while striking out four.
For Boonville, Waibel started the game and pitched the first three innings and allowed five runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four. DaWan Lomax, Chandler Stonecipher and McKee all finished out the game for Boonville.
Owen Alberty went 2-for-3 in the game for Hickman with a single, double and two RBIs. Cole Custer and Carter Abrams also doubled in the game for the Kewpies.
For Boonville, McKee singled while Waibel drove in one run.
Boonville’s C-team will host Blair Oaks on Thursday at Twillman field in Harley park starting at 5 p.m.