2016 Team Preview: Boonville Pirates

Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

As  we  prepare  for  the  upcoming  2016  high  school  season,  we  will  be  taking  a
preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Boonville HS
Nickname: Pirates
Class: Class 4
Conference: North Central Missouri
Head Coach: Fred Smith
Years as head coach at school: 2nd year
2015 Overall Record: 18-5
2015 Conference Finish: 9-3 (2nd Place)  
2015 Post­ Season Finish: Lost in state quarterfinals
2016 MHSBCA Pre Season Rank:

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 3
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 6

Players with 2015 Post Season Honors
Jady Reece, C, 2016, All-District
Dalton Bealmer, 1B/DH, 2016, All-District
Nick Zeitlow, RHP, 2017, All-District
Riley Lang, 2B, 2017, All-District

Players to Watch
Kole Ficken, 3B, 2018
Connor Pound, LHP, 2016
Jake Esser, RHP, 2016
Blake Barnes, 2B, 2017
Brady Gholson, OF 

Season Outlook
Boonville returns ten players from last years team that was a game away from qualifying for the Final Four at T.R. Hughes.  They have four of their top five hitters returning in the line up and three starting pitchers and a lock-down closer back in 2016.  Expectations are high for the Pirates this spring, as they should be.  They a balanced team that can hit, defend and pitch.  Boonville enters the spring as the #9 ranked team in Class 4 and will match up well with any team in the state.  Scoring runs against the Pirates will not be easy.  They have three solid pitchers in Nick Zeitlow, an All-District returner, Jake Esser and Connor PoundDalton Bealmer will be called on to close and shorten the game for the Pirates.  Offensively, Boonville has a power bat in one of the top sophomores in th estate in Kole FickenBealmer will add more pop in the line-up when he is not closing. Jady Reece, an All-District catcher, will return behind the plate, while Riley Lang, All-District 2B, leads the infield.  Look for Blake Barnes to play a key role on the infield this spring as well. Don't be surprised if you see the Pirates move up the Class 4 rankings as the season progresses. 

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