The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team had the Kirksville Lady Tigers on the ropes last night while leading by a score of 2-1 after 1 1/2.
However a eight-run second inning all proved to be the difference as the Lady Tigers defeated Boonville by a score of 15-5 in six innings.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 12-7 overall and 7-5 in the NCMC, assistant coach Stacey Bishop said the girls knew this would be a tough game, especially since their starting pitcher is out.
"I thought Miranda and Millie did a great job holding their own," Bishop said, "we just gave up too many walks. Our bats were on fire, we just stranded too many runners. I'm very proud of the way the girls played tonight. They really supported one another, kept their hands up and never lost the determination that they started with tonight."
Trailing 9-2 after two wasn't quite what the Lady Pirates had in mind while playing on the road. However, after getting two of those runs back to cut the lead to 9-4, Boonville couldn't seem to buy a run for the rest of the game as Kirksville came back and tacked on one in each of the third and fifth innings of play to go up 11-4. Then, after the Lady Pirates plated another run in the top-half of the sixth, Kirksville came back and added four more runs in the bottom-half of the inning to win by the mercy rule.
Snelling picked up the win on the mound for Kirksville while Miranda Northern took the loss for Boonville.
Schilling started the game for Kirksville and struck out one batter in one inning. Snelling then came in and pitched five innings in relief and allowed five runs on 11 hits and one walk while striking out five.
Northern, meanwhile, pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on four hits and five walks while striking out one. Millie Moyer then came in and pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief and surrendered 10 runs on nine hits and seven walks.
Kirksville also out-hit Boonville 13-11, with Hooper going 3-for-5 with two singles and one triple.
Blanke and Schilling also had two hits in the game.
For Boonville, Addy Reardon went 2-for-4 with a single and a triple while Miranda Northern and Olivia Imhoff each had two singles and one double, McKenna McAreavy with two singles and Madison Lester with one single.
In the JV game, Kirksville defeated Boonville by a score of 6-5.
Boonville led Kirksville 3-2 after one full inning but then gave up three runs in the second to trail 5-3. Meanwhile, after rallying back with two runs in the top-half of the third to tie the game at 5-all, Boonville allowed the winning run to score in the bottom-half of the inning.
McKenna McAreavy took the loss on the mound for Boonville by giving up four runs on one hit and four walks in 1 1/3 innings. Addy Reardon then came in and pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed one run on one hit.
Courtney Timm tripled in the game for Boonville, 8-6 overall and 6-5 in the NCMC. Amanda Hampton doubled while Cali Jo McAreavy, McKenna McAreavy, Alyssa Albin and Laurel Lutz each singled.