The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team will have plenty to play for in its next-two games against Hannibal and Marshall.
After dropping back-to-back games earlier in the week against Class 1 New Franklin 12-7 and Class 4 Hickman 16-0, the Lady Pirates should get a little breather Thursday on the road against Hannibal and again next Tuesday against Marshall.
However, the game Tuesday at Hickman has to smart for several reasons as the Lady Pirates were held scoreless for the first time this season and were out-hit 15-2.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 1-3 on the season, head coach Christie Zoeller said the game against Hickman was a struggle the whole way around. “We are struggling to find consistency in our fielding, hitting and pitching,” Zoeller said. “Kiley Barnes is facing an arm injury at the moment and is only able to pitch limited innings. Peyton Kempf and Logan Root have accepted the challenge and stepped up. Right now it is finding the right combination on the mound and more importantly playing good defense behind them. We faced a good pitcher and were able to squeeze out a couple of hits but overall we are looking at too many strikes and I think we are just still really young and hesitant. We know that right now we have to find a way to stay positive because we do have talent, we just have to find a way to make it work together.”
Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, nothing seemed to work against Hickman. While putting up goose eggs in three innings, Boonville also struggled to get off the field as the Kewpies put up four runs in the first and 12 again in the second to lead 16-0.
As for the pitching, Kiley Barnes lasted just one inning and gave up six runs on seven hits for the loss. Peyton Kempf then came in and pitched 1/3 inning and allowed five runs on three hits and two walks. Then, to finish the game, freshman Logan Root pitched 2/3 inning and surrendered five runs on five hits and three walks.
Haeussler picked up the win in the circle for Hickman while giving up just two hits and striking out five batters.
The Lady Kewpies also had three players with three hits each in the game. King went 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs while Kent added two singles, one double and two RBIs and Fogue with three singles and one RBI.
For Boonville, Kiley Barnes doubled while Camryn Monteer singled.
In the JV game, Hickman defeated Boonville 6-1.
The Kewpies scored all six runs in the first-three innings while Boonville added one in the fifth.
Boonville JV coach Caitlin Holman said Peyton Kempf hung tough on the mound. “We are still hesitant making plays but came out swinging at the plate and grow more confident each game we play,” Holman said.
Kempf took the loss for Boonville by giving up six runs on eight hits and four walks in four innings. She also struck out three batters.
Reese Lavers went 2-for-2 at the plate for the Lady Pirates with two singles while Kerigan Samer and Briana Jones each had one single.