The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team will look back at last night’s game against the Mexico Lady Bulldogs wondering what could have been had they scored a few more runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings of play.
As it turned out, Mexico wound up beating the Lady Pirates 6-4 to drop Boonville to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the NCMC.
Boonville softball coach Christie Zoeller said this was a tough game against a good team. “We fought hard until the end,” Zoeller said. “We definitely committed too many errors and we learned that you must be error-free against a good team. Offensively, we went in spurts tonight. We have to find a way to string our hits together. I think we have learned a lot about ourselves tonight, both our strengths and weaknesses and we will take this loss and learn from it and make ourselves tougher competitors because of it.”
The Lady Pirates, who had their six-game winning streak snapped, also had a season-high four errors in the game against Mexico.
But even then Boonville had its chances while trailing Mexico 2-1 at the end of the second inning. Although the Lady Bulldogs struck for two runs in the top-half of the second on three hits, it didn’t take long for the Lady Pirates to get one of the runs back in the bottom-half of the inning when Addy Reardon led off with a single to center and scored on the RBI-single to right by Michelle Surratt.
Meanwhile, after Mexico plated another run in the top-half of the third to go up 3-1, Boonville again came back with one in the bottom-half of the fifth to cut the lead to 3-2.
However, the Lady Pirates could have easily had more. After Courtney Timm scored on a fielder’s choice by freshman Kenley Fuemmeler, sophomore Havyn Monteer came back and doubled to left. Unfortunately for Boonville, Monteer never left second after Mexico pitcher Danielle Baumgartner came back and got Olivia Imhoff on a fly out to first and Millie Moyer on a ground out to short to end the inning.
The Lady Bulldogs added three more runs in the sixth on the three-run home run by Haley Test to extend the lead to 6-2.
However, in the bottom-half of the sixth, Boonville rallied back again with two runs on the two-RBI triple to right by freshman Kiley Barnes to cut the lead to 6-4.
The Lady Pirates never got any closer in the ballgame as Baumgartner came back and retired the side in the seventh for the victory.
Baumgartner, who has yet to lose to Boonville in her career at Mexico, struck out seven batters and gave up four runs on seven hits. Michelle Surratt, meanwhile, took the loss in the circle for Boonville by giving up six runs on 12 hits while striking out three batters. The loss dropped Surratt to 4-2 on the season.
Kiley Barnes then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed one hit and one walk.
Ashlee Morton went 3-for-4 in the game for Mexico with three singles while Baumgartner and Woodruff added two singles each and Test with a three-run home run and three RBIs.
For Boonville, Addy Reardon went 2-for-3 with two singles while Kiley Barnes added a two-RBI triple, Havyn Monteer with one double, Michelle Surratt with a RBI-single and Millie Moyer and Miranda Northern each with one single and Kenley Fuemmeler with one RBI.
In the JV game, Mexico defeated Boonville 12-2.
The Lady Bulldogs led Boonville 3-2 after one and then sent three runs across in the second and six again in the third.
Boonville JV coach Stacey Bishop said Mexico is always a good hitting team and tonight they just out-hit the Lady Pirates.
“We made good, solid contact but just couldn’t get the ball to fall in the gaps like Mexico did,” Bishop said. “We stranded five runners on base at crucial moments. Our goal for the next game is execute, to find a way to score those runners instead of leaving them on base. No matter what the scoreboard said, they never let down. That is what I’m most proud of these girls for, never giving up, always hustling, and always trying their best. What more could I ask for? We did have some awesome plays tonight. Kishanda Jones did a great job at third base. She had several balls hit hard in her direction and she was able to make the plays to get us some outs when we needed them most.”
Cheyenne Schuster took the loss in the circle for Boonville. In two innings, Schuster gave up six runs on six hits and three walks while striking out one. Miranda Northern then came in and pitched one inning in relief and surrendered six runs on five hits and two walks.
Courtney Timm and Kishanda Jones had the only two hits in the game for Boonville, being a single and one RBI.