The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team couldn’t have written a better script for Saturday’s Lady Pirate Lead-Off Classic at Bill Simmons field at Harley park.
After blowing out Hannibal 19-1 Thursday night in the conference opener, the Lady Pirates came back Saturday to win their seventh straight title in the Lead-Off Classic by outscoring all three opponents by a combined score of 42-5.
After opening the tournament with 14-2 win over California, the Lady Pirates came back and blanked New Franklin by a score of 7-0 in the semifinal round. Meanwhile, in the championship, Boonville scored early and often against Pilot Grove while winning by a score of 21-3 in three innings.
Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Christie Zoeller said the girls came out and played three great game.
“Our bats were on from the beginning of the day and we maintained that throughout the day, which is great to see,” Zoeller said. “Kiley and Michelle also did a great job on the mound for us. They stayed strong and consistent even in the heat. Their pitches were moving and they got us a lot of ground balls and fly balls. Our defense also did a good job. We still need to find a way to play error-free and that is something we will keep working hard on achieving.
“I was also very excited to see the way these girls handled themselves on the basepaths. We have a lot of speed and we utilized that today and it was fun to watch. This Lady Pirates team is full of a lot of drive and determination and those are two key things that will help make us successful as this season goes on. I am very proud of the team effort I saw today. I have stressed from the beginning of the season that we can accomplish many great things if we work together and that is definitely what we did.”
The Lady Pirates left little doubt against California. While playing the first game of the tournament, Boonville came out and dominated the Pintos by scoring three in the first, one again in the second, four in the third and six in the fourth.
Kiley Barnes picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Pirates. In five innings, Barnes struck out five batters and gave up two runs on eight hits.
Boonville also out-hit California 13-8, with Olivia Imhoff going 3-for-4 with three singles.
Havyn Monteer was 2-for-4 with a single, home run and four RBIs while Miranda Northern added a single, home run and three RBIs, Devin Ellebracht with two singles, Taylor Ellebracht with a double and two RBIs, Millie Moyer and Addy Reardon each with one double and Kenley Fuemmeler with one single.
Page 2 of 3 - In the second game, the Lady Pirates jumped out to stay against New Franklin by scoring two runs each in the first-three innings and then adding one in the fifth to win by a shutout.
Michelle Surratt picked up the win in the circle for Boonville while Megan Phillips took the loss for New Franklin. In seven innings, Surratt struck out seven batters and gave up five hits. Phillips, meanwhile, pitched all seven innings and surrendered seven runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out three.
Boonville also out-hit New Franklin 10-5, with Courtney Timm going 2-for-3 with a single, triple and one RBI. Kiley Barnes was 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI while Olivia Imhoff added two singles, Taylor Ellebracht with a RBI-triple, Addy Reardon also with one triple, Miranda Northern with a two-RBI double and Havyn Monteer with one double.
For New Franklin, Aly Hundley went 2-for-3 with two singles while Kalani Pihana doubled and Sara Montgomery and Abagail Prewitt each singled.
The championship game was also one-sided as Boonville broke out the bats early with two in the first and 19 in the second to win by the mercy rule.
Michelle Surratt picked up her second straight win in the circle for the Lady Pirates by giving up just three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out four batters.
Kayla Poulsen, meanwhile, took the loss for Pilot Grove by surrendering 11 runs on six hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings.
Boonville also out-hit Pilot Grove 12-4, with Olivia Imhoff going 3-for-3 with three singles and three RBIs. Havyn Monteer was also 3-for-3 with three singles and two RBIs while Addy Reardon added a single, double and four RBIs, Miranda Northern with one double and two RBIs, Taylor Ellebracht with a three-RBI single and Millie Moyer and Michelle Surratt each with one single.
For Pilot Grove, Melissa Schlotzhauer had two singles while Kirstie Schupp, Marissa Day and Cynthia Brumback each had one single.
Of course to get to the championship, the Lady Tigers knocked off No. 2 Russellville 12-1 in five innings and then came back to rally past Wright City in the semifinal round 5-4.
In the game against Russellville, Melissa Schlotzhauer pitched all five innings and struck out four batters while giving up one run on three hits and three walks.
McKenzi Schuster went 2-for-3 with two singles while Rachel Lorenz added a triple and four RBIs, Kerigan Wessing with one triple and two RBIs and Marissa Day, Kayla Poulsen and Cynthia Brumback each with one single.
Meanwhile, in the win over Wright City, Kayla Poulsen pitched one inning in relief of starter Cynthia Brumback for the win.
The Lady Tigers also out-hit Wright City 8-7, with Kerigan Wessing going 2-for-3 with a single, triple and two RBIs.
Page 3 of 3 - McKenzi Schuster was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs while Melissa Schlotzhauer added a single and a triple and Kayla Poulsen and Celine Dodson each with one single.
Pilot Grove trailed Wright City 4-0 after 4 1/2 before rallying back with five runs in the bottom-half of the fifth.
Pilot Grove coach Clint Poulsen said overall he was so proud of how well the girls battled all day long and never gave up at any point during the sweltering day. “With only one senior on the team I think we have a good chance of finishing well again next year and getting a higher seed next time around,” Poulsen said.
As for the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs, they opened the tournament in exciting fashion by edging Eugene by a score of 5-4.
Kalani Pihana picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Bulldogs by giving up four runs, two earned, on eight hits and one walk while striking out one batter.
Valerie Schlotzhauer went 2-for-3 with a single and a double while Abagail Prewitt also doubled and Aly Hundley, Megan Phillips and Aislinn Himmelberg each singled.
In the third-place game against Wright City, the Lady Bulldogs broke a 0-0 tie by scoring three runs in the fourth, two again in the fifth and four in the sixth.
Claire Monnig was the winning pitcher in the game for New Franklin. In six innings, Monnig struck out seven batters and gave up just one run on one hit and one walk.
Abagail Prewitt went 3-for-3 in the game for New Franklin with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs. Claire Monnig also had three singles and two RBIs while Aly Hundley doubled and drove in two runs. Sara Montgomery, Valerie Schlotzhauer and Jasmine Himmelberg also had one single each.