Talk about nerves.


The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team had plenty to go around last night in the sectional round of the playoffs on the road against the Oak Grove Panthers while giving up four runs in the top-half of the first on two hits, one walk and two errors to trail by a score of 4-0.


But after settling down in the second inning against the Lady Panthers, Boonville also seemed to settle in at the plate while exploding for seven unanswered runs for a 7-4 victory.


Talk about nerves.

The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team had plenty to go around last night in the sectional round of the playoffs on the road against the Oak Grove Panthers while giving up four runs in the top-half of the first on two hits, one walk and two errors to trail by a score of 4-0.

But after settling down in the second inning against the Lady Panthers, Boonville also seemed to settle in at the plate while exploding for seven unanswered runs for a 7-4 victory.

The Lady Pirates, 19-8 on the season, will host the Chillicothe Hornets in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs on Saturday, Oct. 16th at Rolling Hills park starting at 1 p.m. Chillicothe (25-4) advanced to the quarterfinal round by beating Smithville 2-0.

Commenting on the first inning last night against Oak Grove, Boonville head coach Christie Zoeller said the girls just had nerves.

“We didn’t know a whole lot about Oak Grove coming into this game and I think as a coach I didn’t know what to expect from their hitters,” stated Zoeller. “I couldn’t get any information from anybody about them, so it kind of seemed like a snowball effect and we are pretty good at that but we got it stopped and when the girls came in here after that inning, they wanted it. A lot of times we get down and we don’t get ourselves back up but they were, and even though we didn’t score that next at-bat they came out and did it the next time.”

Imhoff went the distance and struck out nine batters while giving up four runs on five hits and one walk. Katlin Carr, meanwhile, pitched all six innings for Oak Grove and allowed seven runs on 11 hits while striking out two.

Adair, Imhoff and Friedrich also had two hits each in the game for Boonville. Friedrich went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and two RBIs while Imhoff added a single, double and two RBIs and Adair with two singles and one RBI. Madison Watson was 1-for-3 with a double and one RBI while Katie Wood also doubled and Shelby Esser, Marie Gentry and McKenna McAreavy each singled.
Oak Grove was led by McPherson with a double and a triple.