If you take away the four game slide in Oxford, Alabama, the Boonville Pirates baseball team would stand at 2-1 overall with its only loss coming against state-ranked Helias in extra innings.
But as it stands, the Pirates are currently 2-5 on the season with wins over Fulton and Hallsville and losses to Opelika (AL), Austin (AL), Oak Mountain (AL) and Tuscaloosa County (AL) and Helias.
Of course the Pirates will have a busy week this week after having two games washed out on Thursday and Friday due to rain. After Monday’s game against Southern Boonville at Twillman field in Harley park, the Pirates will competed on Friday and Saturday at the West Central Missouri Baseball Tournament at Liberty park in Sedalia.
Two pools will make up the tournament, which actually begins on Wednesday, April 3, with Oak Grove playing Harrisonville at 5 p.m. and Holden battling Grain Valley at 7:15 p.m.
Smith-Cotton, Ozark, Harrisonville and Oak Grove will compete in the Black Pool while Boonville, Warrensburg, Holden and Grain Valley participate in the Gold Pool.
On Thursday, Warrensburg will play Holden at 5 p.m., followed by Smith-Cotton versus Harrisonville at 7:15. Then, on Friday, April 5, Boonville will play Warrensburg at 12 noon, followed by Warrensburg versus Grain Valley at 2:15 p.m., Ozark versus Harrisonville at 4:30 and Smith-Cotton versus Ozark at 6:45.
Saturday’s schedule has Oak Grove playing Ozark at 11 a.m., followed by Boonville versus Holden at 1:15 p.m., Boonville versus Grain Valley at 3:30 and Smith-Cotton versus Oak Grove at 5:45.
Pool play winners will be determined by win/loss record, head to head, total run differential for tournament (capped at 10/games) and coin flip.
Other rules for the tournament states there will be no time limit and that the 10 run rule after innings will be in effect.
The cost for the tournament is $4 for adults and $3 for students. There are no tournament passes but admission is good for a full day.
After the tournament at Sedalia, Boonville will play three straight games on the road against Clinton on April 9, Eldon on April 11 and Blair Oaks on April 16. The Pirates will then return home for a two day stint for the annual Boonville Wood Bat Tournament on April 17-18.
Note: So far in seven games, the Pirates have been outscored 52-25 and have been out-hit 59-35. Boonville also has 23 errors on the season compared to just 17 for opponents through seven games.
Boonville is also currently hitting .200 as a team with 35 hits in 175 at bats. The Pirates have 30 singles, three doubles, one triple, one home run and 17 RBIs with 26 runs scored and 54 strikeouts.
Boonville’s on base percentage is .281 with a slugging percentage of .246.
Junior Peyton Keeran is currently leading the team with a .333 clip with seven hits in 21 at bats.
As for individual leaders, Keeran leads the team in doubles with two, triples with one, runs scored with five and stolen bases with three. Dylan Watson has one home run, four RBIs and five walks to lead the team while Connor Barnes has five singles.
As for the pitching, Barnes is currently 1-1 with 24 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings for an ERA of 2.049. Cody Garner also had one win on the season.
A total of nine pitchers have split time on the mound for Boonville so far this season. The pitching staff as a whole, according to GameChanger, has pitched a total of 45 innings and given up 52 runs on 59 hits and 31 walks while striking out 61 batters for an ERA of 4.978.