Loss to Hannibal drops Lady Pirates to 6-6 overall and 4-3 in NCMC
For only the second time in the history of Boonville-Hannibal softball can the Lady Pirates claim victory.
Not the hometown Lady Pirates but the visiting Lady Pirates of Hannibal Thursday night at Rolling Hills park.
While the Lady Pirates accomplished the feat in 2010 by knocking off Boonville, Hannibal did it this time by rallying from a 3-0 deficit with all four runs in the fifth for a 4-3 victory.
Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Christie Zoeller said this was a very tough loss.
“I thought the girls played a great game defensively,” Zoeller said. “Kishanda handled herself very well at third base, Lemmons had a heck of a play at first to get the third out of the sixth and to keep a run from scoring, and Camryn had a spectacular catch in shallow center. These are just a few plays that really stick out right now. The big thing we have to work on is consistently hitting the ball the entire game. We had opportunities to score throughout the game, we just didn't get it done.”
The Lady Pirates, who dropped to 6-6 on the season and 4-3 in the NCMC, had a good enough start against Hannibal by pushing across three runs in the bottom-half of the first on five hits, which included a two-RBI-double to left center by Kenley Fuemmeler. But after that, Boonville’s bats went silent while collecting only one other hit for the next-six innings.
The Lady Pirates also left runners on base in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings of play against Hannibal.
As for the four-run fifth by Hannibal, they had four of their seven hits in the inning. However the big blow came with two outs when junior shortstop Olivia Pfeifer tripled to left center for two runs to cut the lead to 3-2. Samantha Zielinski and Mattie Sutter then hit back-to-back singles to give the Lady Pirates their first lead of the game at 4-3.
But even then the Lady Pirates had a chance in the seventh. After squandering several scoring opportunities throughout the game, Boonville had the tying run on first after junior Camryn Monteer was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, Monteer would go no further as Hannibal pitcher Desarae Garcia would come back to get the next three hits on fly outs to end the ballgame.
Garcia picked up the complete-game victory for Hannibal while Kiley Barnes took the loss for Boonville. In seven innings, Garcia struck out six batters and gave up three runs on six hits and one walk. Barnes dropped to 4-5 on the season and surrendered four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four.
As for the hitting in the game for Hannibal, Samantha Zielinski and Josie Zeiger each had two hits while Olivia Pfeifer tripled and drove in two runs.
For Boonville, Kenley Fuemmeler had the only extra base hit with a double and two RBIs. Camryn Monteer, Zoe Coffelt, Jamie Lemmons, Kishanda Jones and Kiley Barnes each had one single.
In the JV game, which came close to be canceled due to lightning off in the distance, Boonville defeated Hannibal by a score of 4-3.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 5-2 on the season, trailed Hannibal 3-2 after 2 1/2 before rallying back with two runs in the fourth.
Boonville JV coach Caitlin Holman said the girls came out aggressive at the plate and on the bases. “We executed plays well both defensively and offensively and never gave up,” Holman said. “We rallied to Hannibal's runs scored and continued to fight for the win to the last batter.”
Peyton Kempf picked up the win in the circle for Boonville by giving up three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out two batters in three innings.
Zoe Coffelt and Morgan Massa each doubled in the game for Boonville. Leigha Vollmer singled and drove in one run. Peyton Kempf also singled while Bryana Jones drove in one run.