The Boonville Pirates baseball team went into Monday’s game against Rock Bridge with nothing to lose against the No. 9 ranked team in Class 5.
Although the season has been a bumpy ride thus far for the Pirates, a six game win streak has eased some of the frustrations. That is until Monday’s game as Boonville played the Bruins even for 5 1/2 innings before falling by a score of 3-1.
The Pirates, dropping to 10-8 on the season, also had their six game win streak snapped.
Despite the loss, Boonville Pirates baseball coach Adam Arnette said overall his team had a pretty good game with a great Rock Bridge team. “If some of our hits fell, the game could have had a better ending for us,” Arnette said. “We started off the first inning well, getting two hits from Trae Williams and Kayle Rice. We ended up getting the bases loaded, but were only able to score one. We need to do a better job scoring runs when the opportunity arises. After that our bats seemed to cool off. We put the ball in play and had some good at bats, but Rock Bridge made the plays they needed to keep our hitters quiet. They are a solid team, led by a great pitching staff and a good defense.”
Solid in that now the Bruins are 19-5 on the season.
As for the pitching, Hay picked up the complete game victory with four strikeouts in seven innings. He also gave up just one run on two hits and two walks.
As for Boonville senior Reece Lang, who dropped to 3-3 on the season, the left handed hurler pitched well enough to win while giving up just three runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings. He also struck out three batters.
“Reece did a great job battling on the mound,” Arnette said. “He was able to recover from a tough first inning to finish the game. He was able to step up and go the distance for us and did a good job keeping Rock Bridge at bat for most of the game.”
With both teams committing just one error each in the game, the Pirates took advantage of that one lone miscue in the first inning on a ground ball to short by Connor Barnes to lead off the top half of the first. Trae Williams followed suit with a single to right while Dylan Watson drew a walk to load the bases. However after getting Kellen Brownfield on a pick off at first, sophomore Kayle Rice came back with another single to score Barnes from third to make it 1-0.
The Pirates had only two base runners reach base after that as Peyton Taylor was hit by a pitch in the second with one out. Dylan Watson also received a walk for the second time in the ballgame in the top half of the third.
Hay retired the side in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings of play.
As for Rock Bridge, the Bruins plated one run in the bottom half of the third on three hits. The run came with two outs on a line drive single to left by Wright. Then, in the sixth, the Bruins answered again with two more runs on two doubles, one single and one error to extend the lead to 3-1.
“We had a couple of mistakes that allowed them to score some runs in the sixth,” Arnette said. “We have to do a better job with the little things.”
As for the hitting, Wright had one of three doubles on the night for the Bruins and was the only player in the game with multiple hits. Nivas and Mooney also doubled for Rock Bridge.
For Boonville, Kayle Rice went 1-for-3 with a single and one RBI while Trae Williams had one single.
Rock Bridge also won the JV game over Boonville 5-0.
The Pirates, dropping to 4-6 on the season, trailed Rock Bridge 2-0 after one and 4-0 after two before giving up another run in the third.
“We struggled hitting again tonight,” said JV coach Greg Hough. “A lot of factors can weigh in on lack of success. Some we can improve on, example better approaches others are difficult at this time such as more reps. The JV team was off most of the week last week with the wood bat tournament. Hopefully with a full slate of games the next couple of weeks we can get back on track. Rock Bridge was a good hitting team, not many errors on our part just good play by them.”
Ethan Walker took the loss for Boonville by giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five batters.
Walker also had one of two hits in the game for the Pirates, being a single. Russell Potter had the only other hit.