The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team will have to wait today to find the outcome of last night’s game against the Odessa Bulldogs in the semifinal round of the Class 3 District 14 Tournament at Odessa.
Trailing 6-4 in the fifth when play was suspended due to lightning, the Lady Pirates came back and tied the game in the sixth inning by pushing across two runs to make it 6-6. Meanwhile, after both teams put up one run in the seventh, Odessa came back and added another run in the top-half of the eighth to go up 8-7 before play was suspended.
In the other semifinal game last night, No. 1 Grain Valley defeated fourth-seeded Oak Grove by a score of 5-0.
Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Christie Zoeller said the game was stopped because of lightning the first time for approximately one hour. Zoeller said the Lady Pirates then had the bases loaded in the bottom-half of the seventh with the score tied at 7-7 but failed to score a run.
“In the eighth inning Odessa scored and now they have bases loaded with one out,” Zoeller said. “So far this game has been a bit of a roller coaster. We were very worried that it was going to get called in the sixth because we had completed five innings. However the girls stayed positive and waited the delay out in the cold and wet conditions and came out with a new fire under them determined to win this game. As we stand now, Odessa is up by one with bases loaded in the top of the eighth. When the game resumes we know we have to comeback with an even bigger will to win. If we keep playing together we know we can accomplish anything.”
Freshman pitcher Michelle Surratt has pitched all eight innings for the Lady Pirates. While giving up eight runs on 13 hits and three walks, Surratt also has four strikeouts in the game.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, Madison Lester is currently 4 for 4 with four singles and one RBI. Addy Reardon has a double, triple and one RBI, followed by Emily Gerhardt with two singles and two RBIs, Havyn Monteer with a two-RBI double, Olivia Imhoff also with one double, Millie Moyer with a RBI-single and Michelle Surratt and McKenna McAreavy each with one single.