It didn’t take long for the Boonville Lady Pirates softball team to pick up where they left off this past weekend after capturing the championship in the Lady Pirate Lead-Off Classic.
While returning to the field Tuesday in a conference game against the Marshall Lady Owls, Boonville took the lead from the first inning on while pushing across two runs and never looked back for a convincing 7-1 victory.
Winners of five straight, head coach Christie Zoeller said the girls played a solid game against Marshall. “Kiley (Barnes) did a great job on the mound and our defense was sharp behind her,” Zoeller said. “We were also patient at the plate and got some good solid hits and then we were aggressive on the bases. This was a good team win.”
While out-hitting Marshall 8-5, the Lady Pirates also scored just enough runs while leading the Owls 4-0 after two and 4-1 after four. Meanwhile, in the fifth, Boonville all but sealed the victory by adding three more runs.
As for the pitching by Barnes, the freshman hurler improved to 2-0 on the season by giving up just one run on five hits and one walk. Barnes also struck out one batter. Eskew, meanwhile, took the loss for Marshall by giving up seven runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two batters.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, who improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the NCMC, Addy Reardon went 3-for-3 with three singles. Havyn Monteer was 1-for-2 with one triple while Olivia Imhoff added a single and two RBIs, Kiley Barnes with one single and one RBI, Michelle Surratt and Kenley Fuemmeler each with one single and Taylor Ellebracht and Devin Ellebracht with one RBI each.
Marshall was led by Dawson with one double. Campbell, Eskew, Lemmons and Cochran each had one single.
Boonville also won the JV game against Marshall by a score of 14-1 in three innings.
The Lady Pirates, 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the NCMC, led Marshall 6-1 after the first and 9-1 after two before adding five more runs in the third.
Boonville JV coach Stacey Bishop said the bats were electric against Marshall.
“All of the girls gave it all they had tonight and it really showed,” Bishop said. “We had several girls in unfamiliar positions due to low numbers this year, but that didn't stop us tonight. They started strong and stayed strong throughout the game. I think we have a very talented Lady Pirate softball team and it will only continue to get better as these girls get older.”
Cheyenne Schuster picked up the win in the circle for Boonville. In two innings pitched, Schuster gave up just one run on one hit and one walk while striking out one batter. Michelle Surratt then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed just one walk while striking out two batters.
Boonville also out-hit Marshall 8-1, with Madolyn Stodgel going 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs. Courtney Timm was 2-for-3 with a single, home run and one RBI while Taylor Schempf added a double and one RBI, Natasha Jenkins and Michelle Surratt each with a two-RBI single and Ella Reisinger with two RBIs.