You know things are going good when you don’t play your best softball and still pull out the victory.
Such was the case for the Boonville Lady Pirates softball team last night while hosting NCMC-foe Moberly at Bill Simmons field at Rolling Hills park.
While entering the game on a five-game winning streak, the Lady Pirates played just well enough to beat Moberly by a score of 3-2. But better yet, Boonville also remained unbeaten in the conference at 3-0 while improving to 6-1 overall.
Boonville softball coach Christie Zoeller said the girls are still working on ways to get themselves motivated and ready at inning one. “We started out kind of sluggish tonight and let Moberly get on top,” Zoeller said. “However, we battled and found a way back. This was a great team victory.”
Of course it didn’t start out well for the Lady Pirates, as Moberly plated one run in the first on two hits. But it’s how the Lady Spartans got the run that put a damper in the start of the game. After hitting the lead-off batter to start the game, Boonville ran into some more problems when catcher Olivia Imhoff and first baseman Taylor Ellebracht collided on a bunt single. Meanwhile, with runners on first and second and no outs, Moberly came back and got a RBI-single to right by senior Bailey Coleman to go up 1-0.
The Lady Spartans also plated one run in the third inning to make it 2-0. Except this time the run was legit when Abbey Price led off the inning with a single and scored on the RBI-double to left by Allison Cooley.
As for the Lady Pirates, they were still on the bus while managing just one hit for the first-two innings. However, after holding Moberly scoreless in its half of the third, Boonville finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom-half of the inning, all with two outs, when sophomore Havyn Monteer laced a single to left and scored on the RBI-triple to center by Olivia Imhoff.
Sophomore Millie Moyer then put the Lady Pirates ahead for good by smacking a line-drive two-run home run over the left field fence to make it 3-2.
As it turned out, Boonville collected five out of its six hits in the third inning against Moberly.
The Lady Spartans never really threatened after that while managing an infield single in the fourth and another infield single in the sixth.
Boonville sophomore Michelle Surratt picked up the win in the circle while Maddie Hager took the loss for Moberly, who dropped to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the NCMC.
Surratt, 4-1 on the season, went the distance and gave up two runs on six hits while striking out four batters. Hager, meanwhile, pitched all six innings and surrendered three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out two.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, Miranda Northern went 2-for-3 with a single and a double. Addy Reardon also had two hits, both of which went for singles, while Millie Moyer added a home run and two RBIs, Olivia Imhoff with a RBI-triple and Havyn Monteer with one single.
For Moberly, Allison Cooley went 2-for-3 with a single and a double while Abbey  Price, Bailey Coleman, Tonja Chapman and Kayla Cooley added one single each.
Boonville also won the JV game against Moberly 7-4.
The Lady Pirates, 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the NCMC, opened the game with four runs in the bottom-half of the first. Meanwhile, after Moberly plated two runs in each of the second and third innings to tie the game at 4-all, Boonville came back and added three runs in the bottom-half of the third for the victory.
Boonville JV coach Stacey Bishop said this was another great win for the JV team. “Tonight the girls were disciplined at the plate and took advantage of the bases,” Bishop said. “Once again Kiley (Barnes) and Cheyenne (Schuster) did a good job working together on the mound. Our defense was strong behind them. I’m very proud of how hard these girls worked to pull off this win. Moberly is always a tough team to beat.”
Kiley Barnes picked up the win in the circle for Boonville while Cheyenne Schuster recorded the save. In two innings, Barnes struck out five batters and gave up two runs on four hits. Schuster, meanwhile, pitched two innings and allowed two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out two.
Freshman Ella Reisinger went 1-for-2 in the game for Boonville with a single and two RBIs. Kishanda Jones had a single and one RBI while Renee Baker, Madolyn Baker and Taylor Schempf added one RBI each.