Lady Pirates improve to 4-0 by beating New Franklin 15-0
Boonville sophomore Logan Root showed little if any signs of having an eclipse hangover Monday against the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs.
While making her second start of the 2017 season, Root put on a show of her own by throwing a perfect game in three innings for a 15-0 victory.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville scored 14 runs in the third inning or that the offense scratched together 11 hits for their fourth straight victory.
Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Christie Zoeller said it was a great outing for the team. “Our hitting struggled a little at the beginning but as soon as we got the timing down we were able to string some good solid hits together,” Zoeller said. “Logan also had a stand out game in the circle with a perfect game and then the defense did a great job of backing her up as New Franklin had a few very hard hit balls. These first-four games have definitely been a lot of fun to be a part of.”
If the Lady Pirates had fun over the weekend by going 3-0 in the Lady Pirate Lead-Off Classic in Boonville, imagine the fun they had in the third inning after sending 18 batters to the plate.
The Lady Pirates also had a golden opportunity to push across runs in the top-half of the first after back-to-back singles by Leigha Vollmer and Kyla Johnson. But that went nowhere when Vollmer was gunned down at home trying to score on a wild pitch for the second out. New Franklin pitcher Lauren Evans then got junior Jamie Lemmons on a strikeout to end the inning.
Meanwhile, after a 1-2-3 inning by New Franklin in its half of the first, the Lady Pirates threatened again in the second inning after a one-out walk to Kerigan Samer and a single to left by Morgan Massa. However the Lady Bulldogs looked like they were going to escape again without giving up a run when Josie Robb lined back to the pitcher for the second out. Unfortunately for New Franklin, two straight walks scored one run to make it 1-0.
Then, after another 1-2-3 inning by the Lady Bulldogs in their half of the second, Boonville came back and unleashed a world of hurt on New Franklin by exploding for 14 runs on six hits and four walks to extend the lead to 15-0.
While sending a total of 18 batters to the plate in the inning, Boonville also had every player in the lineup score at least one run while junior Zoe Coffelt finished the inning with two hits-bunt single and a two-RBI double.
Of course it all started with an error in the inning, followed by back-to-back walks and a wild pitch to make it 2-0. Then, after a single by Kerigan Samer to make it 3-0, Massa picked up another walk. Josie Robb then tripled to center for three more runs, followed by a bunt single by Coffelt, a two-RBI double to center by Camryn Monteer and a overthrow to third to push the lead to 9-0.
Six more runs would cross the plate in the inning for Boonville, which started again with a walk to Vollmer, a double to center by Kyla Johnson and a two-RBI single to right by Lemmons to extend the lead to 11-0. Then, after two hit batters and two outs, Coffelt doubled again to left for two runs. The Lady Pirates then added two more runs when Coffelt somehow got out of a run down on a ground ball to third by Monteer to make it 15-0.
That proved to be all the fireworks Root needed in the bottom-half of the third by retiring all three batters to end the game.
New Franklin coach Ross Dowell said the players need to have a better approach at the plate. “We also need to cut down on our walks and giving extra outs,” Dowell said.
Lauren Evans took the loss in the circle for New Franklin by giving up 12 runs on 10 hits and seven walks while striking out three batters in three innings. Alexia Sprick then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed three runs on one hit.
Kyla Johnson led the hitting attack in the game for Boonville with two singles and one double.
Camryn Monteer finished the game with a single, double and five RBIs while Josie Robb added one triple and three RBIs, Zoe Coffelt with one double and two RBIs, Jamie Lemmons with one single and two RBIs, Kerigan Samer with one single and one RBI and Leigha Vollmer and Morgan Massa each with one single.
New Franklin, who dropped to 0-4 on the season, failed to collect a hit in the ballgame.