You didn’t have to tell the five seniors for the New Franklin softball team how long it had been since they last defeated the Boonville Lady Pirates softball team.
After both teams finished 1-1 over the weekend in the Lady Pirate Lead-Off Classic, the game Monday night at Rolling Hills park was a virtual toss-up between two young teams.
As it turned out, Lady Bulldogs had an answer everytime Boonville rallied back and snapped a three-year skid with a 12-7 victory.
New Franklin softball coach Ross Dowell said this was a good win for the girls early in the season. “We still have areas we need improvement,” Dowell said. “Our selection at the plate was better than Saturday. We had a lot of hard hits. We are also 2-0 this year when we have no errors in the field.”
Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Christie Zoeller said the girls did well hitting the ball and pushing runs across the plate. “I thought the girls played hard,” Zoeller said. “We still have some kinks that we are trying to work out. New Franklin played really well and we have to find a way to stay mentally and physically tough through seven innings.”
The Lady Pirates definitely had their chances against New Franklin. Although the Lady Bulldogs out-hit Boonville 13-11, the Lady Pirates led 3-2 after the first inning on a RBI-double to left center by Jamie Lemmons and a two-RBI double to left by Kishanda Jones.
However, prior to Boonville’s first at-bat, New Franklin also sent a message across in its half of the inning with two runs on one walk, a wild pitch and a bloop single over second by senior Cassie Armentrout.
The game was back and forth all night, with New Franklin adding three runs in the second on three hits, which included a lead-off single to center by Madison Matney and a double up the middle by Lauren Evans. Meanwhile, in the bottom-half of the inning, Boonville answered with one run on the double over third by Zoe Coffelt.
Then, after both teams failed to score in the third, New Franklin came back and tacked on another run in the fourth on one walk and a wild pitch to extend the lead to 6-4.
However, in the bottom-half of the fourth, Boonville rallied back again with three runs on a RBI-triple to right center by Camryn Monteer and a back-to-back RBI doubles by Coffelt and Kenley Fuemmeler to go up 7-6.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they never led again after that as New Franklin exploded for four runs in the fifth on a fly out to center for a RBI by Jasmine Himmelberg, a RBI-single to center by Matney and a fielder’s choice by Shelby Breshears to make it 10-7.
New Franklin also added two runs in the seventh on back-to-back singles by Matney and Evans to extend the lead to 11-7. Then, after a dropped ball at first by Boonville, Maupin hit a long fly ball to center for a run to end the scoring.
The Lady Pirates went down in order in the sixth and back-to-back two-out singles in the seventh to keep the rally going. However, on the final out, Armentrout got junior Leigha Vollmer on a fly out to first to end the game.
Armentrout went the distance in the circle for New Franklin and gave up seven runs on 11 hits and one walk while striking out two batters.
Kiley Barnes took the loss for Boonville by giving up five runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one batter in 2 1/3 innings in relief of starter Peyton Kempf. Kempf, meanwhile, pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs on 10 hits while walking one and striking out two batters.
As for the hitting in the game for New Franklin, Lauren Evans went 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBIs. Madison Matney was also 3-for-4 with three singles and one RBI while Grace Hundley added one single and two RBIs, Madison Maupin and Cassie Armentrout each with one single and one RBI, Kacie White with one single and Kaitlyn Utterback, Jasmine Himmelberg and Shelby Breshears each with one RBI.
For Boonville, Zoe Coffelt went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Kishanda Jones was 2-for-4 with a single, double and two RBIs while Jamie Lemmons and Kenley Fuemmeler added a single, double and one RBI, Camryn Monteer with a RBI-triple and Kiley Barnes and Josie Robb each with one single.
New Franklin also won the JV game by a score of 3-1.
Boonville Lady Pirates JV coach Caitlin Holman said the girls came out excited to play their first game of the season. “Even though we lost by two in the end, we played hard, worked together and had fun,” Holman said. “We have a team of girls that enjoy the game, love to play and that’s hard to beat for a coach.”
After two scoreless innings, New Franklin scored all three runs in the top-half of the third to go up 3-0. Meanwhile, in the bottom-half of the inning, Boonville rallied back with one run to closeout the scoring.
Madison Maupin picked up the win in the circle for New Franklin while Logan Root took the loss for Boonville. Lindsey Brown started the game for the Lady Bulldogs and struck out two batters while giving up one hit in two innings. Maupin then came in and pitched 2/3 inning and allowed one run on one hit and two walks while striking out two batters.
For Boonville, Root pitched all three innings and gave up three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out seven batters.
New Franklin also out-hit Boonville 4-2, with Lauren Evans going 2-for-3 with a single, double and one RBI. Lindsey Brown was 1-for-3 with a single and one RBI.
For Boonville, Hailey Polk went 2-for-2 with two singles.