The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team picked up its third straight win Thursday by beating the Hannibal Lady Pirates in NCMC action at Hannibal by a score of 8-3.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 11-3 overall and 6-2 in the NCMC, led at one point against Hannibal by a score of 8-0 before surrendering three runs in the bottom-half of the seventh. However prior to the seventh, Boonville plated one run in each of the first-two innings and then sent two runs across in the fifth and four again in the seventh.
Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Christie Zoeller said this was a good conference win for the team. “I am glad we got the win despite probably our worst defensive appearance in a while,” Zoeller said. “We struggled fielding the bunt tonight so we know that is something we have to work on. Michelle Surratt had another great night on the mound and did a great job keeping their hitters off balance. Despite the errors we had we did have some really great defensive plays that saved us a couple of runs. Courtney Timm had a huge play when she caught a pop fly and threw the runner out at home and Kenley Fuemmeler saved a run when she threw a runner out at first for the third out. Offensively, we hit the ball pretty well. We had three hitters, Millie, Courtney, and Kyla who hit the fence with deep hard hit balls that hit the fence but didn't make it over. We are doing a lot of things right at this point in the season, we just need to clean up our play a little bit and keep hitting the ball hard.”
Surratt picked up the win in the circle for Boonville and improved to 10-2 on the season. In seven innings pitched, Surratt gave up three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three. Desarae Garcia, meanwhile, took the loss for Hannibal and surrendered eight runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out five.
Boonville also out-hit Hannibal 10-6, with Havyn Monteer going 3-for-4 with three singles. Millie Moyer was 2-for-3 with a single and a triple while Kiley Barnes added a single, double and one RBI, Courtney Timm with a double and two RBIs, Kyla Johnson also with one double, Taylor Ellebracht with one single and Camryn Monteer, Kenley Fuemmeler and Michelle Surratt each with one RBI.
For Hannibal, Samantha Zielinski went 2-for-4 with two singles.
In the JV game, Hannibal defeated Boonville by a score of 5-2.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 8-2-1 on the season, trailed Hannibal 1-0 after the first and 5-0 after three before rallying back with two runs in the top-half of the fifth.
Boonville JV coach Stacey Bishop said the girls came out a little sluggish after their two hour bus ride to Hannibal. “It was a tough night,” Bishop said. “Hannibal is probably the best JV team that we’ve faced this year. There were several times where we had runners in scoring position but failed to execute to put runs across the plate.”
Peyton Kempf took the loss in the circle for Boonville by giving up five runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two.
Hannibal also out-hit Boonville 5-4, with Josie Zeiger and Tori Moore collecting two singles each.
For Boonville, Kyra Perkins went 1-for-1 with a RBI-double while Kishanda Jones added a RBI-single and Morgan Massa and Zoe Coffelt each with one single.