Seven out of eight runs are unearned
The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team had the Mexico Bulldogs on the ropes last night while playing to a 3-3 tie for eight innings at Rolling Hills park.
But then in the top-half of the ninth, the Lady Pirates had that one disastrous inning. With bases-loaded and one out in the inning, Boonville looked to be well on its way to recording out No. 2 on a hit back to the pitcher. However on the relay from the pitcher to the catcher, the ball sailed high all the way back to the backstop for a run to make it 4-3. Of course that just opened the flood gates as Mexico tallied four more runs on a wild pitch, a bloop single to left and a two-RBI double to left center en route to a 8-5 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 12-5 overall and 7-3 in the NCMC, head coach Christie Zoeller said the girls just have to find a way to stop the snowball once they make an error.
"You just hope as a coach that you improve in those areas that you need to improve on and find a way to win close ballgames," Zoeller said. "But I am proud of the girls for not giving up. The last time we played Mexico we lost to them at their place 13-3. I thought Michelle (Surratt) pitched a great game. She suffered an injury on Friday so she battled through that. Mexico is a good hard-hitting team and Michelle didn't allow many hard hit balls. Offensively, we did a great job of getting people on base and moving them around because we have been struggling with that."
The Lady Pirates definitely matched Mexico, the No. 1 team in the conference, hit for hit. And while the Lady Bulldogs put up eight runs against Boonville, only one of those runs were earned.
Nonetheless, Mexico earned its first run of the ballgame when sophomore Karen Baker hit a solo home run over the fence in left to go up 1-0.
Meanwhile, after failing to score for the first-two innings, Boonville came back and matched Mexico's run when freshman Miranda Northern drilled a fastball by sophomore pitcher Danielle Baumgartner deep and over the fence in left center to tie the game at 1-all.
But even that was short-lived as Mexico rallied back with two runs in the top-half of the fourth on three errors, one wild pitch and a RBI-single to right by Baumgartner to make it 3-1.
The Lady Pirates didn't go down without a fight, though. In the bottom-half of the fourth, Boonville got one of the runs back when Addy Reardon beat out an infield single and later scored on a RBI-double to right-center by Emily Gerhardt to cut the lead to one at 3-2.
Meanwhile, after a scoreless fifth, Boonville tacked on another run when Olivia Imhoff hit a two-out double to center and scored on the RBI-single by Reardon to tie the game at 3-all.
The Lady Pirates may have also had the best play of the game in the top-half of the eighth. After a lead-off triple by Alison Mudd to right-center, Baumgartner hit what looked like another extra base hit down third base line. However, Boonville third baseman Emily Gerhardt snagged the line drive and tagged Mudd for the doubleplay for the second out. Surratt then got senior Brooke Costley on a ground out to short to end the inning.
Of course the Lady Pirates weren't so lucky in the ninth as Mexico exploded for five runs on just two hits to go up 8-3.
However, in the bottom-half of the ninth, Boonville rattled the bats with two runs on back-to-back singles by Havyn Monteer and Imhoff and another single by Gerhardt. But that's where it ended as Mexico came back and gunned down junior Devin Ellebracht at second and then struck out the next batter to closeout the game.
Baumgartner went the distance on the mound for for Mexico and gave up five runs on eight hits while striking out 10. Surratt, meanwhile, pitched all nine innings for the Lady Pirates and surrendered eight runs on nine hits and nine walks while striking out five.
Mudd also led the hitting attack in the game for Mexico with a single, double, triple and two RBIs. Baumgartner, meanwhile, added a single, double and three RBIs.
For Boonville, Emily Gerhardt went 2-for-4 with a single, double and two RBIs. Olivia Imhoff was 2-for-4 with a single, double and one RBI while Addy Reardon added two singles and one RBI, Miranda Northern with a solo home run and one RBI and Havyn Monteer with one single.
Mexico also won the JV game by a score of 4-0.
While playing only three innings, the Lady Bulldogs scored two runs in each of the first and third innings for the victory.
Boonville JV coach Stacey Bishop said the girls had a hard time adjusting to Mexico's pitcher. "When we did hit, it was right to their defensive player," Bishop said. "The girls fought hard and never gave up."
Havyn Monteer took the loss on the mound for Mexico by giving up two runs on one hit and four walks while striking out one batter in one inning. Miranda Northern then came in and pitched one inning in relief and surrendered one hit and one walk while striking out two. Then, to finish the game, Millie Moyer pitched one inning and allowed two runs on three hits.
Cali Jo McAreavy and Laurel Lutz each had one hit in the game for Boonville's JV, who dropped to 8-5 overall and 6-4 in the NCMC.