Lady Pirates pound out 13 hits
The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team finally had one go its way Wednesday night while hosting the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tigers at Rolling Hills park.
After three straight losses to Hickman, Hannibal and Marshall, the Lady Pirates finally turned the corner against Smith-Cotton by exploding for 14 runs on 13 hits en route to a 14-2 victory.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 5-3 overall, head coach Christie Zoeller said this game shows what they can do when they come out pumped and ready to play.
“Our defense did an amazing job tonight,” Zoeller said. “The girls did a great job communicating and going hard after every ball. Our offense was also on tonight. We did a great job stringing hits together and being aggressive on the bases. Logan (Root) also did a great job in the circle by keeping the walks down and giving our defense a chance to back her up.”
Defense wasn’t the problem early on in the game, though. After issuing 16 walks in the last-two games, the Lady Pirates once again had control problems in the first inning by walking three batters and giving up one run.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that Root had only one walk for the rest of the game while striking out four batters and giving up two runs on six hits for the complete game victory.
Boonville also never trailed after the first inning by pushing across three runs in the bottom-half of the first on RBI-singles each by Josie Robb and Kerigan Samer and a RBI-double to left by Kyla Johnson.
The Lady Tigers, however, hung around by adding another run in the top-half of the second on a RBI-single to left by Darby Christian to cut the lead to one at 3-2.
Smith-Cotton never got any closer in the ballgame as Boonville came back and exploded for five runs in the bottom-half of the second on a two-RBI single to center by Leigha Vollmer, a RBI-single to center by Robb and a two-RBI bloop single to left by Morgan Massa to extend the lead to 8-2.
The Lady Pirates had another huge inning in the fourth with six runs to pretty much seal the victory on five hits, which was highlighted by a two-RBI double to left center by Camryn Monteer to make it 13-2. Vollmer also drove in a run with another single to center to push the lead to 14-2.
Vollmer finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate with three singles and three RBIs. Monteer had a single, double and two RBIs while Robb added two singles and one RBI, Jamie Lemmons also with two singles, Kyla Johnson with one double and two RBIs, Zoe Coffelt with one double and one RBI, Massa with one single and three RBIs and Samer with one single and one RBI.
For Smith-Cotton, Allison Rucker and Darby Christian each had two hits.
Raine Hester took the loss in the circle for Smith-Cotton.
Boonville also won the JV game 9-5.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 3-3 on the season, trailed Smith-Cotton 2-1 after 2 1/2 before rallying back with three runs in the bottom-half of the third and five again in the fourth.
Boonville JV coach Caitlin Holman said the girls came out strong again against Smith-Cotton. “Brooke Eichelberger started on the mound for us and pitched a great game, and Alexia Albin had the save,” Holman said. “Our batters went up confidently to the plate. We came back to tie and go ahead with runs early in the game. We continued to tack on runs and play solid defense.”
Eichelberger picked up the win in the circle for Boonville and struck out seven batters in 3 2/3 innings. She also gave up three runs on one hit and three walks. Alexis Albin then came in and pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief and allowed two runs on two walks while striking out one batter.
Boonville’s JV also out-hit Smith-Cotton 5-1, with Eichelberger going 1-for-2 with a double and one RBI. Root also doubled while Daylynn Baker added a single and two RBIs, Lydia Morris with one single and one RBI, Andrea Jackson with one single and Reese Lavers, Taylor Simmons and Becky Evans each with one RBI.
Regan Goans had the only hit for Smith-Cotton, being a single.