So far the NCMC has been less than kind to the Boonville Lady Pirates softball team.
In its final season in the conference before jumping over to the Tri-County Conference, the Lady Pirates had yet another tough outing while losing on the road against the Kirksville tigers 9-5.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 6-5 overall and 1-4 in the NCMC, led briefly against Kirksville after pushing across one run in each of the first and second innings to lead 2-0. However it was pretty much all Kirksville after that with three runs in the bottom-half of the second, three again in the third and one in each of the fourth and fifth innings to go up 8-2. Then, after Boonville tacked on another run in its half of the sixth, Kirksville came back and answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning to make it 9-3. The Lady Pirates then closed out the game with two in the seventh.
Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Christie Zoeller said the there were too many runners stranded early in the game. “When we did start hitting we just didn’t have many hits together,” Zoeller said. “We also saw errors defensively. Our pitchers are still trying to find their stamina and ways to pitch around big hitters. We know that we have a lot of the right pieces to put a win together, we are just struggling to find it right now.”
So much so that after starting the season with four straight wins, the Lady Pirates have now dropped five out of their last seven games.
Logan Root took the loss in the circle for Boonville. While dropping to 4-2 on the season, Root pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits and six walks. Peyton Kempf then came in and pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief and allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out one batter.
Ellis picked up the win for Kirksville by giving up five runs on nine hits and one walk. Ellis also struck out three batters in 6 2/3 innings.
The Lady Tigers also out-hit Boonville 11-9, with Sizemore going 3-for-3 with two singles and one double. Meyer, Ratliff and Yowell also had two hits each in the game.
For Boonville, Jamie Lemmons went 2-for-4 with a single, home run and one RBI. The home run was Lemmons fourth of the season and 11th RBI in 11 games. Leigha Vollmer also had two hits with two singles and one RBI while Morgan Massa added a double and one RBI, Camryn Monteer, Josie Robb and Zoe Coffelt also with one double and Kempf with one single and one RBI.
Kirksville also won the JV game against Boonville 10-5.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the NCMC, led Kirksville 5-2 after 2 1/2 before surrendering eight runs in the bottom-half of the third to suffer the loss.
Boonville JV coach Caitlin Holman said though the girls didn’t come away with a win against Kirksville the team came out ready to play. “We took advantage on the bases early by scoring first,” Holman said. “We were more confident at the plate tonight and not afraid to swing. We were also aggressive on the bases. Our team put together some heads up play defensively by turning a double play and attempting a couple of others. This was a much improved atmosphere from our previous game this week.”
Alexis Albin took the loss in the circle for Boonville by giving up seven runs on four hits and eight walks while striking out three batters in 2 2/3 innings. Brooke Eichelberger also pitched 1/3 inning in relief for the Lady Pirates and allowed three runs on one hit and two walks.
Andrea Jackson had one of five hits in the game for Boonville with a single and one RBI. Logan Root, Bryanna Jones, Daylynn Baker and Taylor Simmons also singled in the game.