After missing on several scoring opportunities the night before in a 6-4 loss against the Mexico Lady Bulldogs, the Boonville Lady Pirates softball team made sure the runs counted Wednesday night in a non-conference game against the Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers.
While out-hitting the Lady Tigers 11-1 in three innings, Boonville also scored a total of 15 runs for a 15-0 victory.
Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Christie Zoeller said this game taught the Lady Pirates to be patient at the plate and adjust to all types of pitching.
“We were given multiple opportunities to put the bunt down and we did it successfully,” Zoeller said. “We were also able to try different situations on the basepaths. We were definitely aggressive all the way around, and I think we played great defense behind great pitching.”
The Lady Pirates, improving to 7-2 overall, definitely left little doubt against Smith-Cotton while pushing across two runs in the first on back-to-back singles by Havyn Monteer and Olivia Imhoff and a RBI on a fly out by Addy Reardon.
Of course the Lady Pirates weren’t done yet. While holding Smith-Cotton scoreless again in the top-half of the second, Boonville came back and plated two more runs in the bottom-half of the inning on back-to-back singles to left by Kiley Barnes and Michelle Surratt.
The big inning, however, came in the third as Boonville batted around while exploding for 11 runs on six hits to win by the mercy rule.
As for the pitching, sophomore Michelle Surratt improved to 5-2 on the season by striking out five batters and giving up just two hits and one walk in three innings. Kaytlin Blatterman, meanwhile, took the loss in the circle for Smith-Cotton, who dropped to 5-4, by giving up 15 runs on 11 hits and one walk while striking out two.
Boonville also had plenty of hits to go around with nine different players collecting at least one hit.
Michelle Surratt went 2-for-2 with a single, double and three RBIs.
Millie Moyer and Addy Reardon each had two singles and two RBIs while Havyn Monteer and Kiley Barnes added two singles and one RBI each, Miranda Northern with a RBI-triple, Taylor Ellebracht with a RBI-single and Olivia Imhoff and Devin Ellebracht each with one single.
For Smith-Cotton, Mariah Voitl and Tiffany Hardy each had one single.
Boonville also won the JV game against Smith-Cotton by a score of 11-2.
The Lady Pirates, 4-2 on the season, opened the game with two runs in the first and eight again in the second. Smith-Cotton, meanwhile, plated one run in each of the second and third innings of play.
Boonville JV coach Stacey Bishop said Cheyenne Schuster and Kiley Barnes did a good job on the mound. “We really hit the ball well tonight,” Bishop said. “The girls were smart but aggressive on the basepaths. Once again our defense was very solid. I’m extremely pleased with the way the girls played together tonight.”
Page 2 of 3 - Kiley Barnes picked up the win in the circle for Boonville by giving up two hits in one inning. Barnes also struck out two batters. Cheyenne Schuster, meanwhile, pitched two innings in relief and allowed two runs on one hit and two walks while striking out two batters.
Madolyn Stodgel went 2-for-2 in the game for Boonville with two singles and one RBI. Kenley Fuemmeler was 1-for-2 with a single and two RBIs while Renee Baker, Ella Reisinger, Taylor Schempf, Natasha Jenkins added one single each and Courtney Timm with one RBI.
The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team had a chance to make up some ground while traveling to Kirksville on Thursday but committed too many errors according to head coach Christie Zoeller in a 6-3 loss.
The Lady Pirates, who dropped to 7-3 overall and 3-2 in the NCMC, trailed Kirksville 2-0 after the first before rallying back with one run in the top-half of the second on singles each by Addy Reardon and Michelle Surratt. Meanwhile, after Kirksville plated another run in its half of the fourth to go up 3-1, Boonville came back and added two more runs in its half of the second when sophomore Havyn Monteer singled and scored on a series of Kirksville throwing errors. Then, after Olivia Imhoff singled and stole second and third, Addy Reardon hit her in with a RBI-single.
“Overall we committed way too many errors tonight,” Zoeller said. “I think at times our excitement just got the best of us and we had three costly overthrows. On a positive note, we never gave up and gave our all to the end. We also had a lot of hard hits that were just right to their defense. However, we stayed strong and eventually found holes. I know the talent and potential of this team is great. We will learn from this and make ourselves better because of it.”
Fountain picked up the win in the circle for Kirksville while Michelle Surratt took the loss for Boonville. In seven innings, Fountain struck out four batters and gave up three runs on five hits and one walk. Surratt, who dropped to 5-3, pitched the first-four innings and surrendered four runs on six hits while striking out one. Kiley Barnes then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed two runs on one hit while striking out one.
Kirksville also out-hit Boonville 7-6, with Tucker going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple. Darslow added a home run while Fountain, Playle and Houston each singled.
For Boonville, Havyn Monteer and Addy Reardon each had two singles and one RBI while Olivia Imhoff and Michelle Surratt added one single each.
Kirksville also won the JV game against Boonville 8-7.
Page 3 of 3 - The Lady Pirates, 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the NCMC, trailed Kirksville 5-3 after one before rallying back with four runs in the top-half of the second to go up 7-5. Meanwhile, in the bottom-half of the third, the Lady Tigers rallied back with three runs to win by one.
Boonville JV coach Stacey Bishop said the girls came out and played a very good game against the top team in the conference. “The girls really held their own tonight,” Bishop said. “We out-hit Kirksville but allowed too many unearned runs. Overall, I am very pleased with the progress we’ve made so far this season.”
Cheyenne Schuster took the loss in the circle for Boonville by giving up eight runs on three hits and four walks while striking out two.
Madolyn Stodgel went 2-for-2 in the game for Boonville with a single, double and one RBI. Renee Baker also had two hits, both being singles, while Kenley Fuemmeler added a double and two RBIs, Courtney Timm with a RBI-double and Kishanda Jones with a RBI-single.