After two years of frustrating losses against the Kirksville Tigers, the Boonville Lady Pirates softball team finally got its payback last night on Senior-Parents Night at Rolling Hills park.
Having last beat Kirksville in the semifinal round of the state tournament in 2010, the Lady Pirates had dropped five straight against the Tigers.
But that all changed last night as Boonville used the long ball to beat Kirksville 3-2.
Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Christie Zoeller, who was the coach back in 2010, said this was an amazing game all-around.
“We really played hard and got the job done,” Zoeller said. “Kiley did a great job on the mound. She kept this really great hitting team on their toes and didn’t allow any big hits. Olivia also had another huge play when she threw out the potential tying run at second base in the top of the seventh.
“After a slow start we finally found out bats and were able to string some hits together. Courtney Timm really got us going when she hit her first home run of her career in the bottom of the fifth. This was just what we needed to find a shift in the games momentum. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, Moyer singled and Reardon stepped up and got a perfectly placed hit out to left field and she really powered around the bases and was able to score Moyer and herself with an inside the park home run. Tonight was also an emotional night, as we honored our lone senior Devin Ellebracht. I am very proud of Devin and so happy that she got a single in her last at-bat of this game. She is a wonderful young lady and her success is well deserved.”
The Lady Pirates definitely saved their best for last against Kirksville.
As for the first-three innings, Kirksville dominated Boonville while pushing across one run on a lead-off single to right by Sarah Hooper and a RBI-single up the middle by Bethany Fountain.
The Lady Tigers also tacked on one run in the fourth on the RBI-single to right center by Jacqueline Kirkpatrick to make it 2-0.
As for Boonville, they struggled to say the least for the first-four innings with just one hit and two walks. However, after holding Kirksville scoreless in the top-half of the fifth, the Lady Pirates came back and cut the lead in half in the bottom-half of the inning when sophomore Courtney Timm hit her first career home run with a solo blast to left to make it 2-1.
Meanwhile, after another scoreless inning in the sixth by Kirksville, the Lady Pirates made their own break when Millie Moyer reached on an infield single with one out. Junior Addy Reardon then stepped up and delivered a key hit to left for an inside the park home run to put Boonville ahead for good at 3-2.
With the fans and players on pins and needles in the seventh, Kirksville came back and put the lead off runner on when Kayla Snelling reached on an infield single. However, after Boonville catcher Olivia Imhoff gunned Snelling down at second, pitcher Kiley Barnes came back and struck out Carley Walters before getting Lauren Houston to hit in a ground out to end the game.
Kiley Barnes picked up the complete-game in the circle for Boonville (12-6 overall, 7-5 in NCMC) while Bethany Fountain took the loss for Kirksville, who dropped to 16-7 overall.  In seven innings, Barnes struck out five batters and gave up two runs on seven hits and one walk. Fountain, meanwhile, pitched all six innings and surrendered three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two batters.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, Addy Reardon went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and two RBIs while Courtney Timm finished the game with a home run and one RBI and Millie Moyer and Devin Ellebracht each with one single.
For Kirksville, Fountain went 3-for-3 with three singles while Kirkpatrick added two singles and Hooper and Snelling with one single each.
In the JV game, Boonville and Kirksville played to a 0-0 tie for three innings.
Boonville assistant coach Stacey Bishop said this game was definitely a battle of the pitchers. “Michelle Surratt did a great job shutting them down and our defense was right behind her to field a few ground balls,” Bishop said. “Overall, these girls have done a great job this season.”
Michelle Surratt pitched all three innings and struck out five batters while giving up one hit and one walk.
Alex Arabas had the only hit in the game for Kirksville, being a single.
Boonville’s JV was held hitless for three innings.