As the most heralded pitcher in Boonville High School history, senior Maria Imhoff will now take her talents just 25 miles down the road after signing a letter of intent with Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri.


As the most heralded pitcher in Boonville High School history, senior Maria Imhoff will now take her talents just 25 miles down the road after signing a letter of intent with Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri.

A four-year starter for the Lady Pirates, Imhoff said she chose Columbia College because she felt it was the best opportunity for her to receive a good education while continuing to play softball.

“They’re a great academic school and have an excellent softball program,” Imhoff said.

In her final season for the Lady Pirates softball team, Imhoff finished with a record of 21-10 overall while pitching in all but three innings during the 2010 season. While logging 207 2/3 innings, Imhoff gave up 74 runs (47 earned)?on 141 hits and 11 walks while striking out 250 batters for an ERA of 1.58. However during Imhoff’s career, the right-handed hurler posted a record of 45-20 with an ERA of 1.45.

Of course Imhoff was more than just a pitcher. While hitting No. 2 in the lineup this past season, Imhoff batted .337 with 30 hits in 89 at-bats with 23 singles, five doubles, two triples and 18 RBIs. For her career, Imhoff hit .312 with 94 hits in 227 at-bats with 76 singles, 14 doubles, three triples, one home run and 52 RBIs.

 Imhoff also leaves with several individual and career records for the Lady Pirates. As for individual records, the senior standout holds the mark for most pitching games with 31 and most strikeouts with 250. She is also tied for most no-hitters in a season with one along with Janiel Draffen and Stacey Schneider, most shutouts in a season with seven with Stacey Schneider and most wins in a season with 21 along with Lisa Simmons.