The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team did everything in its power to keep the game close Monday night in the regular season finale against the Centralia Panthers.
Although the Lady Panthers wound up winning the game 8-1 in seven innings, Boonville led at one point by a score of 1-0 after 1/2 inning.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 10-12 on the season, head coach Christie Zoeller said Centralia came out hitting the ball tonight early on.
“After the first three innings we found our composure and played a solid defensive game,” Zoeller said. “We had a few hard hits tonight but after scoring earLy in the first we just couldn't string any more hits together. Logan Root found her composure late in the game and did a good job keeping their hitters more off balance. Her change up looked good also and we were able to get some strike outs using it . As we head into districts we have to find a way to play a strong seven innings of ball and if we do that we can play with anyone we face.”
The Lady Pirates will find out soon enough. As the No. 4 seed in the Class 3 District 13 Tournament, which will be held at Rolling Hills park in Boonville, the Lady Pirates will face Moberly for the third time this season in the opening round on Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. Boonville swept both games this season against Moberly. The winner will then face top-seeded Marshall on Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m.
As for the game against Centralia, the Lady Pirates trailed from the first inning on while giving up four runs in the first, three again in the second and one in the third. However from the fourth inning on, Boonville played Centralia even with neither team scoring a run.
Gwendolyn Bostick picked up the win in the circle for Centralia while Logan Root took the loss for Boonville. In seven innings, Bostick struck out 10 batters and gave up just one run on five hits. As for Root, the sophomore hurler pitched all six innings and struck out six batters while giving up eight runs on nine hits and five walks.
Centralia also out-hit Boonville 9-5, with Katelyn Rakers going 3-for-3 with a single and two doubles. Emily Greene had two hits while Courtney Luedloff added a double and three RBIs.
For Boonville, Kyla Johnson went 1-for-3 with a single and one RBI while Camryn Monteer, Jamie Lemmons, Kerigan Samer and Hailey Polk each had one single.
Centralia also won the JV game against Boonville by a score of 13-2.
The Lady Pirates, who closed out the season at 6-11 overall and 4-8 in the NCMC, trailed Centralia 4-0 after one, 4-2 after two and 6-2 after three before giving up seven runs in the bottom-half of the fourth.
Boonville JV coach Caitlin Holman said even though the girls didn't walk away with a win they have worked hard and improved throughout this season.
“Brooke Eichelberger was in the circle for us tonight and threw well against a hitting centralia team,” Holman said. “We have improved in several areas this year, turning some double plays, playing heads up ball and be aggressive hitters at the plate and not watching good pitches go by. We put some girls in different positions and they continued to work hard and give their all wherever they were placed. We look forward to working with these girls again next year and building off the skills they've acquired this year.”
Eichelberger pitched the entire game for Boonville’s JV, giving up 13 runs on six hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings. She also struck out six batters.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, Lydia Morris, Brooke Eichelberger, Alexis Albin, Daylynn Baker and Becky Evans each had one single while Taylor Simmons finished the game with one RBI.