That pretty much sums up the last two days in the annual Boonville Wood Bat Tournament for the Boonville Pirates baseball team.
After winning 15-0 in the opening game on Wednesday behind the no hit pitching of senior Reece Lang, the Pirates came back with two more wins on Thursday at the high school ballfield by beating the Lakeland Vikings in the first game 9-4 and Eldon Mustangs in the nightcap 14-0 in five innings.
That now makes six straight wins for the Pirates, who improved to 10-7 overall. But more importantly, Boonville may have finally found its offense after struggling for the first half of the season. During the six game win streak, the Pirates have outscored their opponents by a margin 60-5. Meanwhile, in the wood bat tournament, Boonville put up 38 runs while giving up just four.
Of course two of those wins came via no hitters by Lang and freshman Jamesian McKee, who was making his first varsity start of the season against Eldon.
Boonville Pirates baseball coach Adam Arnette was more than happy to see the players score runs and hit the ball during the wood bat tournament.
“Our offense has been pretty productive,” Arnette said. “We saw some good situational hitting and like I see people simplified their approach a little bit and had some good results with it. The Eldon win was good for the simple fact that we had a lot of hits and everybody got in, and then you add Jamesian’s performance. He definitely earned some more innings with us so we will see him here again soon. We just told him that we wanted him to fill up the strike zone and that’s exactly what he did.”
Five innings worth to be exact for McKee. In addition to putting up zeroes through five, the right handed hurler also struck out seven batters while giving up three walks. McKee threw a total of 75 pitches, with 43 of those being strikes.
Charlie Mays took the loss for Eldon by giving up nine runs on six hits and three walks while striking out one batter in 1 1/3 innings.
Boonville also burned the base paths against Eldon with all 14 runs coming in just three innings. Five of those came in the first inning as the Pirates sent nine batters to the plate. Of those nine, six reached base either by hit, walk or error.
Of course what better way to start the game than with back to back hits as Connor Barnes led off with a single up the middle, followed by a double to left center by Trae Williams. Then, after Dylan Watson reached on a drop fly ball to right to score the first run, Saylor Marquez was issued a free pass to load the bases. Another run crossed on a wild pitch, followed by another walk to Cody Garner, a fielder’s choice by Josh Polk and a three RBI double to left by Kayle Rice to extend the lead to 5-0.
The Pirates didn’t stop at five runs, though. With McKee throwing bullets on the mound, Boonville came back and tacked on four more runs in the second on a RBI triple to right by Williams, a RBI single to center by Williams, a RBI single to left by Garner and an error by the shortstop on the ground ball by Polk for a run.
The third inning was just as productive for Boonville, who tacked on five more runs on four hits to push the lead to 14-0. Peyton Keeran and Rice each doubled and drove in one run each for Boonville. Garner had an infield single and drove in one run while the other two runs came on a wild pitch and an error.
Kayle Rice went 3-for-3 in the game for Boonville with three doubles and four RBIs. Trae Williams also had three hits with two singles, one triple and one RBI. Cody Garner was 2-for-3 with a single, double and two RBIs while Dylan Watson had two singles and one RBI, Peyton Keeran with one double and one RBI and Connor Barnes with one single.
Eldon had no hits in the game.
McKee closes out wood bat tourney with no-hitter in first varsity start