The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team continue to struggle in the two areas they need the most: hits and runs.
Such was the case again Thursday night on the road as the Lady Pirates fell to Hannibal by a score of 13-2 in five innings.
While managing just six hits in five innings, Boonville also scored just one run in each of the third and fifth innings to drop to 6-7 overall and 1-6 in the NCMC. The loss was the fourth straight for the Lady Pirates.
Boonville softball coach Christie Zoeller said Hannibal hitters were just too much for  the Lady Pirates. “We committed too many errors and left too many runners stranded in scoring position,” Zoeller said. “Right now we are looking for nine girls who can go out and generate runs for us. We hopefully come out on Monday ready to play against Marshall.”
While the Lady Pirates struggled to score runs, Hannibal had little trouble while pushing across four runs in the first, three again in the second, four in the third and two in the fourth.
As for the pitching, Peyton Kempf took the loss by giving up 11 runs on 11 hits while striking out one batter in 2 1/3 innings. Logan Root then came in and pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief and allowed two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out two batters.
Desarae Garcia picked up the win for Hannibal by giving up just two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out five batters.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, Camryn Monteer went 2-for-3 with two singles while Bryanna Jones added one single and one RBI, Leigha Vollmer, Jamie Lemmons and Logan Root each with one single and Kyla Johnson with one RBI.
Hannibal was led by Olivia Pfeifer, Taylor Simms, Haiely Whittaker, Taylor Wilson and Kennedy Schmohe each with two hits.
Hannibal also won the JV game against Boonville 3-2.
While playing five innings, Boonville led Hannibal 1-0 after 2 1/2 but then gave up three runs in the bottom-half of the third to trail 3-1. Meanwhile, after a scoreless fourth, Boonville came back and tacked on another run in the fifth to complete the scoring.
Boonville JV coach Caitlin Holman said the team came out with drive and determination against Hannibal. “We played solid defense and we were hitting the ball well,” Holman said. “Brooke Eichelberger was our pitcher and threw a great game. Though we lost by one I am very proud of how we came out to play ball.”
Brooke Eichelberger took the loss in the circle for Boonville’s JV by giving up three runs on two hits and five walks while striking out three batters in three innings.
Boonville also out-hit Hannibal 5-2 in the loss, with Becky Evans going 1-for-2 with a single and one RBI. Reese Lavers, Andrea Jackson, Bryanna Jones and Daylynn Baker also had one single each in the game.