For the first-four innings last night at Rolling Hills park, the Boonville Lady Pirates softball team played right with last year's defending state champions Centralia Lady Panthers while trailing 4-3.
Now what happened after that is anybodys guess as Centralia exploded for 13 runs over the next-three innings for a 17-3 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 14-10 overall, head coach Christie Zoeller said as the team heads into this week they will know they have got to find a way to play a complete seven inning game with no errors. "We're coming back from injuries and illness and have to take a game like this and see where we need to impfove and find a way to put it all together," Zoeller said.
With the district tournament beginning Wednesday in Odessa, the Lady Pirates will have to mend in a hurry. After tonight's regular-season finale against New Franklin at Rolling Hills park, Boonville will play the winner of Odessa-O'Hara in the semifinal round on Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Lady Pirates are the No. 2 seed in the tournament behind Grain Valley.
As for the game last night, Boonville trailed Centralia from the first inning on while giving up two runs in the top-half of the first on just one hit.
Meanwhile, after getting one of those runs back in the bottom-half of the inning on a bunt single by Olivia Imhoff and a RBI-double to center by Emily Gerhardt, the Lady Pirates surrendered two more runs in the second on just one hit, one error, one wild pitch and a hit batter to make it 4-1.
Needless to say, Boonville kept the game close for a while when sophomore Addy Reardon hit a towering two-run home run over the right field wall in the bottom-half of the third to cut the lead to one at 4-3.
However, after a scoreless fourth, Boonville couldn't seem to buy a run while Centralia added three more in the fifth, one again in the sixth and nine in the seventh for the victory.
Baylee Douglass picked up the win on the mound for Centralia while Havyn Monteer took the loss for Centralia. Douglass went the distance and gave up three runs on five hits while striking out 12. Monteer, meanwhile, pitched the first-three innings and the seventh and surrendered 10 runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out three batters. Michelle Surratt pitched three innings in relief and allowed seven runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out one.
Centralia also out-hit Boonville 15-5, with Alli Massey going 4-for-5 with two singles, two doubles and five RBIs. Haley Schmersahl was 3-for-4 with three singles while Kailee Chitwood had three singles and one RBI.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, Addy Reardon went 2-for-2 with a double, home run and two RBIs. Olivia Imhoff was 2-for-3 with two singles while Emily Gerhardt added one double and one RBI.
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Centralia led 8-2 after one and 17-8 after two before pushing three more runs across in the third.
Boonville JV coach Stacey Bishop said Centralia is always a tough team. "They hit well tonight and our bats were off," Bishop said. "Hopefully we come stronger against New Franklin on Tuesday."
Millie Moyer took the loss on the mound for Boonville. In 2/3 inning, Moyer gave up eight runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out one. Miranda Northern then came in and pitched 1 1/3 inning and allowed nine runs on three hits and three walks while striking out one. Then, to finish the game, McKenna McAreavy pitched one inning and issued three runs on four walks while striking out one batter.
Laurel Lutz and Alyssa Albin each tripled in the game for Boonville while Cali Jo McAreavy and Taylor Ellebrachet each singled.