The Boonville Pirates baseball team picked up a split Monday night on the road against the Centralia Panthers, winning the first game 13-0 in three innings and dropping the second game 2-1.
Boonville assistant baseball coach C.J. Zeller said the team showed up just the way you would expect Boonville teams to show up.
"We looked very focused from the time we got there and through pre-game,"Zeller said. "Kayle pitched really well for the three innings we played. It was awesome to see him work really well with Ethan Watson behind the dish. That combination is huge going forward because of the depth it adds to our pitching. We took advantage of mistakes in the way of walks from Centralia, and ran the bases very well. Colby Caton stole the show offensively with his hard hustling, opposite field inside the park homer."
The Pirates, 3-1 on the season, scored in all three innings in the first game against Centralia and out-hit the Panthers 5-1.
In the first inning, Jamesian McKee hit a two-RBI double to right to put the Pirates up 2-0. Meanwhile, in the second inning, Boonville plated a total of six runs on just one hit with Colby Caton hitting an inside the park grand slam home run to extend the lead to 8-0.
The Pirates scored two runs earlier before Caton’s home run on four walks and a hit batter.
Of course the runs didn’t stop there for Boonville. In the fifth, the Pirates tacked on five more runs on three straight singles by Peyton Keeran, Peyton Taylor and Kayle Rice to push the lead to 10-0. Boonville scored three more runs after that on two walks, which resulted in Caton and McKee both stealing home.
Kayla Rice picked up the win on the bump for Boonville with five strikeouts in three innings. Rice also allowed just one walk.
Colby Caton went 1-for-1 with a grand slam home run and four RBIs. Caton also scored two runs.
Jamesian McKee doubled and drove in three runs while Rice had one single and three RBIs. Peyton Keeran and Peyton Taylor each had one single.
Six different players scored at least one run for Boonville.
In the second game, which was cut short due to darkness, Boonville again got on the board first with one run in the top half of the first only to have Centralia rally back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
That turned out to be all of the scoring in the ballgame as both teams put up goose eggs for the rest of the game.
Zeller said Game 2 was a very disappointing follow up to the first game.
"We had a cavalier attitude in the dugout,"Zeller said. "I’m sure that attitude disappointed those in the stands that came to watch us as much as it disappointed me. It didn’t represent the expectations we had set out for ourselves at the beginning of the season. We have lost a lot, but we need to still show up to play the game the right way regardless of the situation. Axton Nease gave us what we he had on the mound, but later revealed that he was pitching injured. I know he was looking for redemption after his last outing, and anyone who is a competitor understands that. Peyton Keeran followed him up with a very solid performance in relief that was outstanding for a guy who really hasn’t been pitching much lately. He kept us in the game, and it is appreciated. I wish we could have given him some run support but our approach was terrible at the plate."
Zeller said it seemed a lot of the guys were up there looking at a short porch and started taking "daddy hacks" trying to hit the long ball.
Each team had one hit in the game.
Of course not having lights to finish the game didn’t help Boonville to say the least.
"We were told that we wouldn’t have lights to finish the game, which put us in a pressure situation," Zeller said.
Axton Nease took the loss on the mound for Boonville. Nease pitched 2/3 inning and gave up two runs on one hit and three walks while striking out one batter. Peyton Keeran then came in and pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief and recorded two strikeouts.
Shane Chamberlain had the only hit in the game for Boonville, which came way back in the first inning on a one-out single to left.