The Boonville Pirates C baseball team followed its normal pattern for the season in a doubleheader Wednesday night against Sedalia Smith-Cotton at Twillman field in Harley park.
While recording a split in its last game against Blair Oaks, the Pirates had deja vu all over again Wednesday against Smith-Cotton by winning the first game 8-7 and dropping the second game by a score of 9-7.
The split put the Pirates at 2-4 on the season.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Smith-Cotton jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first inning. But like most C team games, the lead was short-lived as Boonville rallied back with a five spot in the second to go up 6-3 only to have the Tigers push across three in the third to tie the game at 6-all. Smith-Cotton never got any closer in the ballgame after that as Boonville rattled the bats again with two in the fourth to make it 8-6. Then, in the fifth, Smith-Cotton tacked on another run to cut the lead to one.
Boonville C team coach Joe Henke said the Pirates continue to have a few innings in which they struggle. “I’m happy with the continued improvement the team has shown over the last couple of weeks,” Henke said. “We are still looking for the definitive positions for the boys, but I like how some of the players are developing. We need to continue improving on throwing strikes and making the routine plays in the field. When we continue those two, we will be a hard team to defeat.”
Memphis Waibel picked up the win in relief for Boonville by giving up just one run-unearned-on one hit while striking out two batters. Jamesian McKee started the game and pitched the first-three innings and allowed six runs-four earned-on one hit and two walks while striking out two.
Boonville also out-hit Smith-Cotton 9-2, with Cade Schupp going 2-for-2 with a single, double and three RBIs. McKee also had two hits and drove in one run while Austin Schuster added one double. Aidan Lemmons had a single and one RBI while Waibel, DaWan Lomax and Harley Waller contributed one single each. Aiden Battreall also drove in one run.
In the nightcap, Smith-Cotton led Boonville from the first inning on by pushing across six runs in the first, one in the second and two again in the fifth.
As for the Pirates, they scored in all but one inning by sending one run across in each of the first two innings, three in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Henke said a big first inning doomed the Pirates. “Smith-Cotton opened the game with a series of big hits and got up 6-0 after the first inning,” Henke said. “I am pleased with the fight that the team played with after the first inning. It would have been easy to quit and take the loss. We had several big moments where we had a chance to chip away at the lead, but just couldn’t capitalize on some of the bases loaded opportunities. Jamesian Mckee and Cade Schupp had good at bats in the second game. I thought Aidan Lemmons came in and did a great job pitching for the first time this season. He has a lot of potential and it was good to see him get some experience.”
Austin Schuster took the loss for Boonville by giving up five runs on three hits and one walk in one inning pitched. Chandler Stonecipher then came in and pitched two innings and allowed one run on one hit and two walks while striking out two. Meanwhile, after Aiden Battreall pitched 1/3 inning and surrendered two runs on two hits while walking three batters, Lemmons came in and pitched 1 2/3 innings and issued one hit while striking out three.
Nash McKenzie and Schupp each had two hits and one RBI in the game for Boonville. McKee doubled and drove in three runs while Cameron Ray added a single and one RBI.
Boonville’s C team will play next on Monday, April 1 at Fulton starting at 5 p.m.