2017 Team Preview: Boonville Pirates



Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

As  we  prepare  for  the  upcoming  2017  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: 3rd year
2016 Overall Record: 26-6
2016 Conference Finish: 12-0 (1st Place)  
2016 Post­ Season Finish: Class 4 State Runner-up
2017 Preseason Rank: #3

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 4
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 5

Players with 2016 Post Season Honors
Nick Zeitlow, RHP, 2017, 1st Team All-State
Jared Viertel, RHP, 2018, All Conference/District
Riley Lang, SS, 2017, All Conference/District
Kole Ficken, 3B, 2018, Honorable Mention All-State (Central Missouri)

Players to Watch
Dylan Watson, C, 2019
Trae Williams, P, 2019

Season Outlook
The Boonville Pirates look to get back to the Class 4 Final Four where they fell in the State Championship game. Boonville will have a pair of arms to help them get back. Senior Nick Zeitlow, an upper 80's right-handed pitcher, was named to the All-State team a season ago and junior righty, Jared Viertel, came on strong in 2016 with a fastball in the upper 80's as well. The one-two combo on the mound will a promising duo this spring for the Pirates. Boonville will also feature, junior Kole Ficken, a Central Missouri recruit, on the infield.  Ficken was named Honorable Mention All-State a season ago and represented Missouri in PBR Future Games last August.  Senior All-District shortstop Riley Lang will also return giving the Pirates stability defensively on the left side of the infield and balance to the line up.  A pair of sophomores will also make their mark on the 2017 season.  Catcher Dylan Watson and pitcher Trae Williams will give the Pirates young talent to make another run at the state championship.  Coach Smith enters his third year as the team's skipper and has a lot to be excited about in 2017. 

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High School coaches can request a 2017 Team Survey by email PBR State Director, Shon Plack at, [email protected].

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