The Boonville Pirates C baseball team had a tough order to go Monday night while hosting the Columbia Rock Bridge Bruins at Twillman field in Harley park.
After dropping the first game against Rock Bridge 14-1, the Pirates came back and had a little better game in the nightcap while losing by only six runs at 9-3.
The two losses dropped Boonville to 5-7 on the season.
“In the first game we struggled making plays on defense and left several runners on base,” said Boonville C team coach Joe Henke. Overall, I think we were intimidated by Rock Bridge and it showed in the first game. We struggled making plays that we normally make. You just can’t give a good team that many extra chances. In the second game I thought we played a much better game. Aidan Lemmons and Memphis Waibel did a good job pitching in the second game and I thought we did a much better job in the field for most of the game. We had a few mistakes at the end of the game that cost us a few runs, but overall I am proud of the way we responded. We did a good job of getting on base, but just could not get the big hit when we needed it.”
The Pirates were also lacking in the hitting department in the opener while managing just three hits compared to 13 for Rock Bridge.
Boonville also struggle defensively in Game 1 while committing five errors to Rock Bridge’s one. Add it up and with no hitting and a plethora of mistakes, it’s no wonder the Bruins led Boonville 7-0 after two and 8-1 after three before exploding for six more runs in the fourth to win by the mercy rule.
Cade Schupp took the loss for Boonville by giving up six runs on five hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. Chandler Stonecipher then came in and pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief and allowed seven runs on five hits and one walk while striking out one batter.
Rock Bridge also out-hit Boonville 13-3, with Memphis Waibel, Aidan Lemmons and Cameron Ray each collecting one hit for the Pirates.
Note: The second game was not made available as of press time.