The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team quickly found out that it's not how you start but how you finish Tuesday night while hosting the Fulton Lady Hornets at Rolling Hills park.
Although the Lady Pirates got off to a slow start with just one run for the first-three innings, they quickly got it together in the fourth and fifth innings with two runs each to go up by a score of 5-4. Unfortunately for Boonville, they forgot about the sixth and seventh innings as Fulton rallied back with six unanswered runs for a 10-5 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 12-6 overall and 7-4 in the NCMC, assistant coach Stacey Bishop, who was stepping in for head coach Christie Zoeller, said the girls waited too long to come out determined. "We were able to start attacking the ball in the fourth inning but couldn't string the hits together to push the runs across to come out on top," Bishop said. "We have to find a way to come out with the intensity in the first half that we had in the last."
Of course it didn't help that Fulton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top-half of the first on two walks, two hits and one error.
However, in the bottom-half of the first, the Lady Pirates got one of the runs back when Olivia Imhoff was issued a one-out walk and wound up scoring on the infield single by Addy Reardon.
Meanwhile, after a scoreless second inning, Fulton came back and tacked on two more runs in the third on two hits and a throwing error to make it 4-1.
Luckily for Boonville, they still had the fourth and fifth innings to overcome a three-run deficit.
Freshman pitcher Michelle Surratt also settled into a groove for the Lady Pirates by working around lead-off singles in each of the fourth and fifth innings of play.
As for the fourth for Boonville, they cut into Fulton's lead by pushing across two runs on two walks and three hits, which included a two-RBI single to center by senior Courtney Lampson.
Meanwhile, in the fifth, the Lady Pirates added two more runs when Imhoff led off with a double to left and scored three batters later on a two-RBI triple to right center by Miranda Northern to go up for the first time in the game by a score of 5-4.
What happened after that is anybodys guess as Fulton sent across four runs in the sixth and two again in the seventh for the victory.
Brooke Baysinger picked up the win on the mound for Fulton while Michelle Surratt took the loss for Boonville. In seven innings, Baysinger gave up five runs on nine hits for the Lady Hornets. Surratt, meanwhile, pitched all seven innings for Boonville and surrendered 10 runs on 12 hits and five walks while striking out one batter.
Baysinger also went 4-for-5 in the game for Fulton with two singles, two doubles and four RBIs. Baileigh Horstmeier was 3-for-5 with three singles and one RBI.
For Boonville, Courtney Lampson went 3-for-3 with three singles and two RBIs. Madison Lester was 2-for-3 with two singles while Miranda Northern added one triple and one RBI, Olivia Imhoff with one double, Addy Reardon with a two-RBI single and Emily Gerhardt with one single.