The Columbia Hickman Kewpies softball team had the home run ball as its best friend Tuesday night on the road against the Boonville Lady Pirates.
Although the Lady Pirates were coming off four straight victories, which included three in the Lady Pirate Lead-Off Classic over the weekend and a 15-0 blanking of New Franklin on Monday, Hickman was also coming off a 2-2 start from the Troy Tournament.
But that mattered little on Tuesday as the Kewpies pounded five home runs over the fence en route to a 17-7 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 4-1 on the season, head coach Christie Zoeller said the girls for some reason came out flat defensively against Hickman. “We had too many errors and saw too many balls fall out of our glove,” Zoeller said. “We continued to hit the ball well and do a lot of things right on the basepath. We were just dominated by a good hitting team.”
Twenty hits to be exact. Hickman also had seven players in the lineup with at least two hits in the game and two with four hits.
Nonetheless, the story of the night was the home run trots by the Kewpies by five different players.
Of course it didn’t help that Boonville spotted Hickman a 4-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings. But that’s exactly what happened as the Kewpies put up two in the first on a two-run home run to left by Emily King and two again in the third on a two-run dinger to left center by Abby Dubinski.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that Boonville battled back to cut the lead to one at 4-3 when senior Camryn Monteer tripled to right for two runs and then scored on a overthrow at home.
Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, they never got any closer in the ballgame as Hickman came back and exploded for 10 runs in the top-half of the fourth on 10 hits to extend the lead to 14-3.
Boonville didn’t go down without a fight, though. In the bottom-half of the fourth, the Lady Pirates rallied back with four runs on five hits to cut the lead at 14-7. While sending a total of nine batters to the plate in the inning, Zoe Coffelt drove in the first run with a RBI-single to left. Two batters later, Leigha Vollmer laced a single to center for two runs to make it 14-6. Then, for the fourth run in the inning, Johnson hit another hard single to left to cut the lead in half.
Hickman added one more in the fifth and two in the seventh to win by the mercy rule.
Sydney Hollarah was the winning pitcher in the circle for Hickman while Peyton Kempf took the loss for Boonville, dropping her to 4-1 on the season. Hollarah pitched the first-four innings and gave up seven runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out one.
For Boonville, Kempf pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed 11 runs on 12 hits and three walks while striking out two batters. Logan Root then came in and pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief and surrendered six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out one batter.
Emily King and Caitlin Fogue each had four hits in the game for the Kewpies. King had two singles, a double, a home run and one RBI while Fogue added four singles and four RBIs. Abby Dubinski, Sydney Hollarah, Taylor Spencer and Athena Wheeler also homered in the game.
For Boonville, Leigha Vollmer went 2-for-3 with two singles and two RBIs. Jamie Lemmons, Hailey Polk and Josie Robb each had two singles while Camryn Monteer tripled and drove in two runs. Kyla Johnson also had one single and one RBI while Zoe Coffelt added one RBI.
Hickman also won the JV game against Boonville by a score of 18-1.
Boonville JV coach Caitlin Holman said for the first game of the season the girls came out a little unsure of themselves. “Brooke Eichelberger came out and did a nice job pitching,” Holman said. “We made some great double plays defensively. We had a lot of things that went well in our first game. We had some nice hits off a good pitcher with Alexis Albin, Alexis Trigg and Bryanna Jones leading the way. We have some things to work on in practice as well. We will come up to the plate confident in our abilities and come out Thursday ready to go against Hannibal at home.”
Brooke Eichelberger took the loss in the circle for Boonville by giving up 18 runs on 17 hits and six walks while striking out four batters in five innings.
Freshman Alexis Albin went 2-for-2 in the game for Boonville with two singles. Alexis Trigg doubled while Bryanna Jones had one single and one RBI.
Brooke Green had four hits in the game for Hickman with two singles, two home runs and two RBIs.