For the second year in a row, the Boonville Lady Pirates softball team had its season cut short in the championship game in the district tournament against the Odessa Bulldogs.
While losing to Odessa last year during a two-day stretch due to inclement weather, the Lady Pirates once again entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and once again fell to the Lady Bulldogs by a score of 10-9.
Needless to say, the Lady Pirates had their chances. Of course the first-three innings were dominated by Odessa, as they led 1-0 after one and 6-1, 6-1 after four and 8-1 after 4 1/2. However, in the bottom-half of the fifth, Boonville rallied back with six runs to cut the lead to two at 8-6.
Boonville head coach Christie Zoeller said the girls had way too many errors and let Odessa back into the game in a big way.
“After getting down by seven runs in the fifth it seemed pretty grim but our bats never quit and we were able to push across six runs across the plate in the bottom of the inning,” Zoeller said.
In the bottom-half of the fifth, Zoeller said Taylor Ellebracht led off with a walk and then Michelle Surratt, Havyn Monteer and Olivia Imhoff hit back-to-back-to-back singles. Then, after a walk to Millie Moyer, Zoeller said Addy Reardon followed it up with a single while Miranda Northern reached on an error. Zoeller said Courtney Timm then ripped a shot to right and was able to get a triple.
“This was a great come back by the girls,” Zoeller said.
Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, it may have been a little too late as Odessa came back and tacked on two more runs in the sixth to expand the lead to 10-7. Meanwhile, after Boonville failed to score in the bottom-half of the sixth and Odessa put up a zero in the top-half of the seventh, the Lady Pirates made some more noise in its half of the inning with two runs on a lead off double by Reardon. Zoeller said Northern then reached on an error while Timm hit another double to score one run. Northern then came across to score on a sacrifice fly by Ellebracht to cut the lead to one at 10-9.
“Unfortunately, we were unable to score anymore runs,” Zoeller said. “However, we went up to the plate swinging and we never once gave up. That is one thing I can say about this group of girls, no matter the game or the opponent this season we always fought until the end. I am very proud of the girls for this and as we look to the future of the program I only hope that is one thing we continue to do; never quit and never give up. We had a great season overall, ending 17-8 with a second place district finish and we learned a lot about ourselves and what we can accomplish if we work together.”
Ravyn Bass picked up the win in the circle for Odessa while Michelle Surratt took the loss for Boonville, who closed out the season at 17-8 overall. Bass pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on four hits and one walk while striking out three. Allison Collier then came in and pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief and allowed four runs on six hits.
For Boonville, Surratt started the game and pitched the first-three innings and surrendered six runs on three hits and six walks while striking out four. Kiley Barnes then came in and pitched four innings in relief and issued four runs on four hits and three walks.
Allison Collier and Lindsey Dennis each had two singles in the game for Odessa, who was out-hit by the Lady Pirates 10-7.
For Boonville, Courtney Timm went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBIs while Olivia Imhoff and Addy Reardon added a single, double and two RBIs each, Havyn Monteer and Michelle Surratt each with two singles and Taylor Ellebracht and Miranda Northern with one RBI each.