Cal Ripken Minor and Major open 2020 season with three close games

Chris Bowie
Rt. B Cafe's Blaine Begemann beats the throw to third while's Shawn Beach-Reasons wait for the throw in the second inning Monday night in Cal Ripken Major at the high school ballfield. Rt. B Cafe defeated 10-7.

Exciting was the word to describe the 2020 season in Cal Ripken Major and Minor Monday night.

With one game at the high school ballfield and two at the Cal Ripken field at Harley park, league president Mike Watts said it was exciting to finally start the season.

“All the ballgames were close,” Watts said. “Teams obviously hard kinks to work out due to lack of practice, but the excitement level was more than could be expected I guess. Looking at both rosters from both leagues and based on first game results, it could be a wide open and exciting season. You have to think every team has a chance. A couple of games didn't end up like I thought they might before the game started. It just goes to show that practice and working together in a game setting is very important.”

In the only game in Major at the high school ballfield, Rt. B Cafe rallied back to beat in a hard-fought battle 10-7.

As for games at the Cal Ripken field, Bradley Automotive scored four of its six runs in the final two innings to beat Axis Seed 6-4. Meanwhile, in the nightcap, Boonville Ready Mix edged Einspahr Construction 9-7.

With great crowds at both field, Watts said there was a lot of excitement and cheering going on. He said the league is still continuing to try and follow recommendations with hand cleaner and disinfectant. They were in each dugout and available to parents as needed, he said.

Watts also gave a shout out to Boonville Athletic Director Chris Shikles and the city of Boonville for allowing the league to play some baseball this year.

“I look forward to a fun, safe and enjoyable season for everyone,” Watts said. was definitely enjoying the fruits of its labor for 1 1/2 innings while leading Rt. B Cafe 4-2. However, in the bottom of the second, Rt. B Cafe exploded for five runs to go up 7-4. Meanwhile, after rallied back with two runs in its half of the third to cut the lead to one at 7-6, Rt. B Cafe came back and plated three in the bottom half of the inning to extend the lead to 10-6. then scored another run in the fourth to round out the scoring.

Bodie White picked up the win in relief of starter Brayden Viertel for Rt. B Cafe while Chase Chamberlain took the loss for White pitched two innings and gave up three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out two batters. Chamberlain, meanwhile, pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four.

Rt. B Cafe also out-hit 10-2, with Lane Hackman going 3-for-3 with two singles and one double. Bodie White had two singles while Aden Rapp, Aiden Swanson, Brayden Viertel, Blaine Begemann and Logan Turk added one single each.

For, Chase Chamberlain went 2-for-3 with a single and a double.

In the first game in Minor, Axis Seed led Bradley Automotive 4-2 after three but then surrendered one run in the fourth and three again in the fifth to suffer the loss.

Gavin Ridgeway picked up the win on the bump for Bradley Automotive while Levi Ray took the loss for Axis Seed. Ridgeway pitched three innings in relief and struck out six batters while walking four. Lane Rapp started the game and pitched the first-two innings for Bradley Automotive. Josh Solomon pitched one inning in relief.

For Axis Seed, Ray pitched one inning in relief of starter Thomas Schuster and gave up three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three batters.

Bradley Automotive also out-hit Axis Seed 9-3, with Lane Rapp and Brad Bishop each going 2-for-3 with two singles. Easton Gerding, Josh Solomon, Chandler Twenter, Carson Renfrow and Ben Oeth each had one hit. Twenter also drove in two runs while Solomon and Renfrow each had one RBI.

For Axis Seed, Kade Watring had one single and drove in two runs while Bryton Scott added a single and one RBI and Thomas Schuster and Ean Wessing each with one single.

In the nightcap, Einspahr Construction led Boonville Ready Mix 7-6 after two innings but was outscored 4-0 for the rest of the game.

Boonville Ready Mix plated two in the third and two in the fourth to get the win.

Brennan Alberts was the winning pitcher in the game for Boonville Ready Mix while Landon Conz took the loss for Einspahr Construction. Alberts pitched three innings in relief and struck out seven batters while giving up just one walk. Conz, meanwhile, pitched two innings in relief and allowed four runs on two hits and one walk while striking out six batters.

Boonville Ready Mix also had seven hits in the game, with Ledgyr Conrow going 3-for-3 with a single, double, triple and two RBIs. Brennan Alberts was 2-for-2 with a single, double and two RBIs while Waylon Monteer and Jaxson Stonecipher added one single each.

For Einspahr Construction, Quincy Hobbs, Tallin Kempf and Karson Elbert each had one single. Landon Conz drove in two runs while Bentley Stephens and Kannen Kempf each had one RBI.