Brookville Can’t Hold Early Lead in D9 AA Baseball Semifinals Loss to Moniteau

KNOX, Pa. – For much of the season, the Brookville baseball team found itself in close games, even holding leads later in games only to find themselves on the short end of the outcome.

(Photo of Moniteau pitcher Derek Boben. Photo by Mike Schnelle. Check out more of Schnelle’s work here.)

Unfortunately, for the Raiders that trend continued in the District 9 Class AA semifinal Wednesday in a 6-3 loss to top-seeded Moniteau at Keystone High School.

Brookville found itself up 3-0 three batters into the game against Moniteau ace Derek Boben, one of the top hurlers in District 9, thanks to a pair of walks and a three-run home run by Kyle Dunkle.

And the Raiders still led 3-2 going to the fifth before Moniteau scored a pair of runs to take the lead. The Warriors then tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth to end Brookville’s season at 7-13.

Boben played a big role in Moniteau being able to come back and win.

After the shaky start, he gave up just four hits and five walks the rest of the way while throwing a complete-game five-hitter with seven walks and six strikeouts.

Brookville wasn’t without its chances, as the Raiders had runners on in every inning but one the rest of the way but couldn’t get the big hit to add to the lead.

After closing to 3-2 going to the fifth, Moniteau (15-3) took the lead when Boben doubled and Zack Adamson singled to put runners on the corners with one out. That ended the day for Ben Reitz, who took the loss going 4 1/3 innings allowing four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out one.

Jordan Tosh came on in relief and got Lake Pry to groundout scoring Boben to tie the game. But needing one more out to get out of the jam, Tosh couldn’t deliver. Instead, Josh Adamson doubled in Zack Adamson to put Moniteau on top for good, 4-3.

The Warriors added two runs in the sixth. Wyatt Geibel doubled in a run and scored on Jake Jewart’s sacrifice fly.

Espy Reinard had two of Brookville’s five hits off Boben, including a two-out double in the sixth inning.

Moniteau will take on Karns City in the title game at a site, time and date to be determined.

NOTE – The Warriors were home team at Keystone because Moniteau’s usual home field – Kelly Automotive Park in Butler – was unavailable.

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