Courtesy Hallsville Head Baseball Coach Barry Koeneke
5/18, Class 4, District 7, semifinals @Ashland……….
The afternoon and evening didn’t go as expected when the host school, #1 seed SoBoCo, went down, 4-3, in an upset to #4 Wright City Wildcats, and that was followed by our Hallsville Indians edged by the Boonville Pirates, 5-4. The Pirates and Wildcats meet this evening at 6pm in Ashland for a claim to the District Championship.
The Indians held a 3-0 lead in the middle of the 4th inning, sailing along with good pitching from Jr, AJ Austene, and taking advantage of offensive opportunities from struggling pitching of Boonville’s starter, Jamision McKee. Andrew Kabrick scored the first run of the game in the 3rd leading off with a walk. Tyger Cobb reached base on a second baseman’s error. Ben Boyle followed with a well-executed sacrifice bunt putting both Kabrick and Cobb in scoring position. But Austene fanned for out number two. Sophomore Aaron Orscheln came through with a liner into center that scored Kabrick, but Cobb was called out trying to score behind Kabrick in a disagreeable umpire decision to end the frame.
Hallsville scored two more times in the 4th without benefit of a hit. Dalton Whipple and Jack March drew one-out bases on balls and the bases were loaded on a hit by pitch to Andrew Orscheln. Kabrick gained his second of three walks in the game for an RBI and Cobb drove home March with a sacrifice fly.
Boonville then picked up the offensive pace on their side scoring in the bottom of the 4th on a single and a double. The Pirates took the lead in the 5th scoring three times with defensive mistakes by the Indians. An infield error and a lost flyball in the outfield put Hallsville in the hole. The deficit grew to a 5-3 lead in the 6th on three Pirate hits off reliever Boyle.
But the Indians didn’t go down without a fight. Kabrick garnered his third walk to lead off the 7th, but the next two batters struck out. Austene reached on an infield hit to put the tying runs on base. And, as he did in the 3rd inning, Aaron Orrscheln stroked a run-scoring single plating Kabrick. But alas, another Indian whiff ended the game, one of 14 Hallsville strikeouts.
The Hallsville Indians end the season at 13-8.