Three Pirates were awarded All Conference mention for their play in Central Ozark Conference. Senior Ethan Whiteis was 1st Team Pitcher. Chad Reusch was 1st Team Outfield. Hayden Gibson was 2nd Team Outfield.
Branson Pirates Zac Redford, Chad Reusch, and Ethan Whiteis received All District honors based on their performance in the two district games played.
The Branson Pirates season ends in heartbreaking fashion against the Ozark Tigers on Monday 3-2 in eight innings on a walk off home run. Branson received an outstanding performance on the mound by Senior Zach Redford. Redford would pitch six innings and strike out four Tigers. He would only allow two runs on three hits. The first run scored on a single in the bottom of the 2nd to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Branson would get its first run in the 5th on an error to tie the score 1-1. They would take the lead in the sixth when Ethan Whiteis scored on a single by Zac Funderburk. The Tigers would tie the game up in the bottom half of the inning with a two out infield single. In the bottom of the eighth, Ozark would get a walk off home run to end the game and the Pirates season. A special thanks to all the seniors who made the Pirates 2015 season a memorable one and best wishes to them in their future pursuits. Joseph Lemley, Ben O'Dell, Zach Redford, and Ethan Whiteis represented Pirate Baseball well and will be missed.
The Pirates win their opening round District game versus the Parkview Vikings 10-2 behind the pitching and hitting of Ethan Whiteis. Parkview opened the scoring with a lead off home run by Hunter Steinmetz. However, Branson responded with two in their half inning. Hayden Gibson had a sacrifice fly to drive in Hunter Werling, then Whiteis singled to drive in Chad Reusch. Whiteis hit a three run home run in the bottom of the 2nd to give the Pirates a 5-1 lead. Then he would settle in to retire 16 of 17 batters in a row until running into some trouble in the 7th. However, by the 7th inning, he had a comfortable 10-1 lead by that point. Branson will play the Ozark Tigers on Monday at 7 p.m. at Kickapoo.
The Branson Pirates regular season came to an end on Friday night. Branson fell to Rogers Heritage 11-10 in eight innings. It was a game of several lead changes, but Rogers Heritage was able to get a walk off home run to win the game. Seth Cline had a good day at the plate with three hits, two runs scored, and an RBI. Chad Reusch also had three RBI's to help pace the Pirates. Branson will next play in districts on Saturday, May 16 at 3 p.m. vs Parkview at Kickapoo.
The Class 5 District 11 Tournament has been seeded and the Branson Pirates will be the #3 seed. They will play the #6 seed Parkview Vikings on Saturday, May 16 at 3 p.m. at district host Springfield Kickapoo. The overall seedings look like this: #1 Kickapoo, #2 Ozark, #3 Branson, #4 Nixa, #5 Glendale, #6 Parkview, and #7 West Plains.
Special thanks to the grounds crew (Keith and Jeff) at Pirate Park for their great work on the field.