From a hitting standpoint, the Boonville Lady Pirates softball team were right there with the Fulton Hornets in NCMC action Monday night at Rolling Hills park.
Now on the defensive side of the ball, the Lady Pirates couldn’t field the ball to save their lives while booting it around for five errors in a 5-3 loss.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 6-6 overall and 1-5 in the NCMC, head coach Christie Zoeller said junior pitcher Peyton Kempf had one of her best outings in the circle.
“Peyton’s curve ball was really moving and she did a great job hitting her spots,” Zoeller said. “Unfortunately, we had too many errors behind her. Our four errors came when Fulton had runners in scoring position and they were able to capitalize off of them. I still feel like we have a lot of pieces that it takes to win these games, as we go into the second half of our season we will find a way to put it all together.”
The Lady Pirates look to be well on their way after pushing across one run in the bottom-half of the second on a ground out by Zoe Coffelt to score Jamie Lemmons from third to make it 1-0.
Kempf also limited the damage through the first-three innings by giving up only one walk. However, in the top-half of the fourth, Fulton rallied back to tie the game on two singles and a walk to make it 1-1.
The Lady Hornets never trailed after that while adding two more runs in the fifth on two hits, two errors and one walk to go up 3-1. Fulton also tacked on two in the sixth again on two hits and two errors to extend the lead to 5-1. However, in the bottom-half of the seventh, Boonville made some noise after three straight singles by Josie Robb, Jamie Lemmons and Kyla Johnson to cut the lead to three at 5-2. Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, the next three batters all struck out to end the game.
Taylor Kettle picked up the complete game victory for Fulton while Kempf took the loss for Boonville. In seven innings, Kettle struck out six batters and gave up three runs on six hits. As for Kempf, the junior hurler also pitched all seven innings and allowed five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six batters. The loss dropped Kempf to 2-4 on the season.
As for the hitting in the game for Fulton, Rylee Hagens doubled while Kettle, Sydney Hedgpath, Mattie Arnold, Haden Trowbridge and Grace Sparks each singled.
For Boonville, Camryn Monteer and Jamie Lemmons each had two singles while Kyla Johnson added a single and one RBI. Josie Robb also singled in the game while Zoe Coffelt added one RBI.
Fulton also won the JV game against Boonville by a score of 12-3.
The Lady Pirates JV, dropping to 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the NCMC, surrendered four runs in the second and eight again in the fourth to suffer the loss. Boonville, meanwhile, scored all three runs in the bottom-half of the fourth.
Boonville JV coach Caitlin Holman said the girls came out flat against Fulton. “Fulton got ahead of us a few runs and after a couple innings we struggled with completing a play and allowed more runs than score,” Holman said. “We had several errors and few hits. We have to finish plays and cut back on errors to be successful. We come back out on Thursday away against Hannibal.”
Alexis Albin took the loss in the circle for Boonville by giving up 12 runs on five hits and eight walks while striking out four batters in four innings.
Alexis Trigg had the only extra base hit in the game for Boonville with one triple and two RBIs while Albin and Becky Evans added one single each.