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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.

Branson loses its final conference game 8-2 to the Ozark Tigers on Tuesday night.  Ozark was able to jump out early on the Pirates with a run in the second inning.  They would extend the lead to 3-0 with a pair of runs in the fourth inning.  Ozark would put the game away in the fifth with four runs.  After being down 8-0, the Pirates scored two runs in the top of the seventh.  Branson finishes the conference season 5-2.  Up next for Branson is a trip south to Rogers, Arkansas on Friday, May 8.

The Pirates fall to the Hillcrest Hornets 7-3 in a non conference match up.  Branson fell behind 7-0 after two innings and were unable to get back in the game.  They were able to score single runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings.  Branson will travel to Ozark on Tuesday in a key COC and district match up.

Branson wins its 5th conference game in comeback fashion versus the Carthage Tigers 11-10 with Senior Ethan Whiteis singling home the winning runs in the bottom of the seventh.  The Pirates entered the seventh inning down 10-7 before starting their rally.  Dawson Nimmo singled to open the inning then Hunter Werling and Hayden Gibson walked to load the bases.  Jake Newberry singled to center to pull the Pirates to within two runs.  Next Bryce Burtless' RBI ground out set the stage for the game winning hit by Whiteis.  Burtless got the win in relief.  Branson's varsity is off until Monday at Hillcrest.

Branson moves to 4-1 in conference with a 5-3 win over the Willard Tigers.  Willard jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st on a wild pitch.  Branson would tie it up in the 2nd on a bases loaded walk to Chad Reusch.  Willard would regain the lead 3-1 in the 4th.  Branson would rally in the 6th with four runs.  Ben O'Dell sparked the rally with a two run double followed by a Dawson Nimmo RBI single.  The Pirates scored their other run on a Tiger error.  Ethan Whiteis would get the complete game victory.  Next up for the Pirates is the Carthage Tigers at home.

Branson loses final game of the River City Baseball Tournament to Creighton Prep 10-1.  The lone run for the Pirates came on a Hunter Werling RBI.  Branson resumes conference play Tuesday when they travel to Willard.

Branson traveled to Lawrence on Friday to play in the River City Classic Tournament.  The Pirates picked up a win in their opening game 8-3 behind the strong pitching of Aaron Batt over Olathe North West.  Batt gave up 3 runs in the first because of a couple of walks and an error, but then settled in to give the Pirates a complete game.  Branson scored seven runs in the third inning to take the lead.  In the third, key hits from Hunter Werling, Ben O'Dell, and Dawson Nimmo gave them a 7-3 lead.  They would add another run in the top of the 5th on a Nimmo RBI single.  Branson would lose their second game of the tournament 14-3 to Olathe South.  They play Creighton Prep to finish the tournament on Saturday.

Branson battles in a win versus the Nixa Eagles 2-1.  Joe Lemley gets the complete game victory.  Lemley would give up his only run in the third and then settle in to retire nine of the last ten Eagles to come to bat.  Branson would tie the game in the on an RBI single by Dawson Nimmo to drive in Zac Funderburk.  In the sixth, they took the lead on an Ethan Whiteis double to score Hayden Gibson.  Branson is now 3-1 in COC play.  They will travel to Lawrence, KS on Friday to play in a tournament.

Branson falls to the Kickapoo Chiefs 5-2 on Wednesday night at Pirate Park.  Kickapoo started the scoring in the second with a solo home run.  They would go up 3-0 in the third on a steal of home with nobody out and later score another run on a passed ball.  The Pirates would score their two runs in the bottom of the inning on a Hayden Gibson RBI single and an Ethan Whiteis RBI double.  However, the Chiefs answered back with a RBI single in the fourth and was able to add another run in the seventh.  Branson will next play the Nixa Eagles on Thursday.

The Pirates lose their first COC game versus the Webb City Cardinals 9-0.  Webb City was able to control the game throughout as Branson only manged two hits on the night.  The Pirates will host the Kickapoo Chiefs on Wednesday night.

Branson Freshman game at Marshfield has been rescheduled for Friday, May 1.

Branson has rescheduled its game versus Kickapoo for Wednesday, April 22.

Branson wins at Republic 3-0 on the strong pitching performance of Ethan Whiteis who threw a complete game shutout.  The Pirates were able to score in the 1st inning when Whiteis laced an RBI single to left to drive in Hunter Werling.   Branson added runs in the third and fourth innings with RBI's from Hayden Gibson and Zac Funderburk.  Branson is now 2-0 in conference play.

Branson's make up game scheduled for Wednesday, April 15th has been canceled.  No make up date has yet to be announced.

Branson wins its conference opener over the Neosho Wildcats 6-4.  Branson jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning with key hits from Jake Newberry and Ben O'Dell.  They added a run in the 2nd on a passed ball and a run in the 3rd on a successful squeeze play.  Up 6-0, the Pirates had to hold off a late rally from the Wildcats.  Neosho scored a run in the fourth, two runs in the fifth, and a run in the sixth.  However, the Pirates escaped a big inning in the sixth.  Aaron Batt entered the game with the bases loaded and nobody out.  He was able to get a strikeout and two pop outs to preserve the Pirates lead.  Batt would get the save for Bryce Burtless who pitched five plus innings for the win.  Branson will play at home versus Kickapoo on Wednesday. 

Due to weather, Branson's game versus Kickapoo is rescheduled for Wednesday, April 15th at 4:30 at Pirate Park.

Branson wins its final game of the Dan Furst Memorial Tournament by defeating the Marshfield Blue Jays 11-1.  The Pirates got two RBI's each from Hayden Gibson, Jake Newberry, and Bryce Burtless.  Branson will host the Kickapoo Chiefs on Monday.

Branson falls to the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints 12-0 in the Furst Tournament.  Branson fell behind 4-0 in the second inning and never could recover in the game.  The Pirates only managed one hit in the game.  Branson finishes the tournament versus Marshfield at 5:30 today.

Special thanks to the grounds crew (Keith and Jeff) at Pirate Park for their great work on the field.

Branson wins its third straight game with a 9-2 victory over the Hillsboro Hawks in the Dan Furst Memorial Tournament.  Joseph Lemley threw a complete game to get the victory.  The Pirate offense got going in the second inning with a key double by Dawson Nimmo to drive in two runs.  Up 3-0, Branson scored four times in the 4th with key hits from Chad Reusch and Hayden Gibson.  The offense struck again in the 6th after the Hawks put two runs on the board in the top half of the inning.  Jake Newberry had an RBI double in the inning.  Branson will play St. Thomas Aquinas at 10 a.m. and play Marshfield at 5:30 to close out the tournament.

Branson puts together another solid performance and defeated the Glendale Falcons 9-1.  Sophomore Bryce Burtless threw a complete game.  Zac Funderburk and Chad Reusch paced the Pirate offense with two RBI's a piece.  Branson opened the scoring in the second with five runs and tacked on four more in the 5th.  Branson will play on Friday vs Hillsboro at Pirate Park as part of the Dan Furst Memorial Tournament at 4 p.m.

The Pirates put together its best game of the year in a 5-0 win over the Joplin Eagles.  Ethan Whiteis pitched the Pirates to victory with the complete game shutout.  Branson's offense was able to get on the board in the 2nd with RBI's from Ben O'Dell and Dawson Nimmo.  In the 3rd, they were able to tack on three runs with Jake Newberry's RBI double a key hit.  Branson will travel to Glendale on Wednesday for a key district game.

The Pirates fall to the Parkview Vikings 10-8.  The two teams combined for 24 hits, but the Vikings late rally secured them the win.  Parkview would score first on a lead off home run by Hunter Steinmetz, but the Pirates would answer back in their half of the first with RBI's from Hunter Werling and Bryce Burtless.  Parkview answered in the 2nd with a run to tie the game at 2-2.  Branson would take the lead back with another Werling RBI in the same inning.  Branson would add to their lead with four runs in the fourth with key RBI's from Werling and Hayden Gibson.  In the bottom of the 6th, Gibson and Ethan Whiteis had back to back doubles to put the Pirates up 8-2 going into the 7th.  However, the Vikings rallied with eight runs in the inning to take the game 10-8.  Branson next plays on April 7 vs Joplin.

Branson lost 7-4 versus the Firebirds from Free State High School in Lawrence, KS.  After falling behind 3-1 to the Freebirds, the Pirates rallied in the bottom of the 4th to take the lead.  Jake Newberry had a sacrifice fly to score Chad Reusch, then Seth Cline had a single to score Ethan Whiteis, and finally Dawson Nimmo singled to score Cline to put the Pirates up 4-3.  The Freebirds answered back to tie the score at 4-4 in the top of the 5th.  With the score tied in the 7th, the Freebirds capitalized on a couple of key errors to take the game 7-4.  Branson will play district opponent Parkview on Tuesday, March 31.

The Pirates make the most of three hits in their 5-3 win over Logan Rogersville Wildcats.  Joseph Lemley was able to get double plays in the 1st and 2nd innings to escape trouble, then settled in to pitch well.  After falling behind 2-0 going into the bottom of the 2nd, the Pirates were able to rally with the help of consecutive errors by the Wildcats and take a 3-2 lead.  In the 3rd inning, Branson extended their lead with an RBI single by Chad Reusch and a sacrifice fly by Ben O'Dell.  Lemley would battle and get the game into the 6th inning.  Aaron Batt would get the last four outs of the game to get his first career save.  Branson will host Free State High School from Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday at 12 p.m. 

Branson won its first game of the season 5-1 versus the Nixa Eagles.  Bryce Burtless picked up his first varsity win with five effective innings.  Burtless struck out six and walked only one.  The Pirates fell behind 1-0 in the 3rd inning, but rallied in the 4th inning with five runs.  With the bases loaded Branson scored on an error, then took the lead on a one out walk to Ben O'Dell.  Burtless and Dawson Nimmo helped extend the lead to 4-1 with one out RBI singles.  Branson scored its final run on a wild pitch.  The game had to be shortened to six innings because of the weather.  The Pirates are scheduled to play Rogersville on Thursday to finish the Lael Lead Off Tournament.  

The Pirates fall to the Webb City Cardinals 6-2 on Monday.  Branson fell behind 2-0 in the top of the 2nd inning.  Webb City's Calem Nutting opened the scoring with a solo home run, then the Cardinals scored their second run on a passed ball.  Branson cut the lead to 2-1 when Ben O'Dell homered to left field.  However, Bradyn Ansley for Webb City hit a three run home run in the top of the fourth to extend the lead 5-1.  Branson is scheduled to play Nixa on Tuesday at 4:30 at Pirate Park.

Branson loses its season opener against the Carl Junction Bulldogs 10-6.  Carl Junction jumped out to a 6-0 lead and the Pirates were unable to fight their way back.  The Bulldogs were paced by their first three hitters in the line up who went a combined 8 for 10 with eight RBI's.  Branson will host Webb City on Monday at 4:30 as part of the Lael Lead Off Tournament.

Branson will open their season Saturday at Missouri Southern State University vs the Carl Junction Bulldogs.  The game was originally scheduled to be played at Pirate Park, but due to weather has been moved.  The game will begin at approximately 6 p.m.  A JV game will follow. 

The Freshman will open their season on Monday at the Nixa Tournament.  The Freshman will play at 6:30 on Monday, 4:15 on Tuesday, and 4:15 on Wednesday.







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