Lady Pirates commit seven errors in a 15-5 loss
Take away the errors Monday night in the conference opener against Southern Boone of Ashland and the Boonville Lady Pirates softball team at least had a chance.
But as it stands, the Lady Pirates committed seven errors while surrendering 15 runs, only two earned, in a 15-5 loss.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the Tri-County Conference, head coach Christie Zoeller said the errors took the team out of this ballgame.
“When you come out in the first inning and strikeout four and can’t get out of the half inning, it is a huge momentum killer,” Zoeller said. “We finally came out and started to play better in about the fourth inning. A positive on the night is that we never gave up. We kept our heads up and fought hard despite the errors early in the game.”
On the positive side, the Lady Pirates did battle back from a 10-0 deficit after three with five runs in the final two innings.
However the errors were just too much to overcome, especially in the first inning as Southern Boone put up four runs on just two hits.
The Lady Pirates were also in the giving mood in second and third innings as well. While putting up three more runs in the top half of the second, SBC again had just two hits. Meanwhile, in the third, the Lady Eagles added another three runs on just one hit.
Although most of the damage was self-inflicted, the Lady Pirates also struggled to get anything going offensively while collecting their first hit of the game in the bottom half of the fourth on a two out single past second by Bryanna Jones.
In that same inning, Boonville put up three runs on a single up the middle by Brooke Eichelberger and a three-RBI double to right by freshman Emma West to make it 10-3.
Southern Boone, meanwhile, answered with its best inning of the game by exploding for five runs in the top half of the fifth on three hits and two walks to extend the lead to 15-3. Then, in the bottom half of the fifth, Boonville made some more noise on back to back RBI singles each by Kourtney Kendrick and Jones to make it 15-5.
As for the pitching in the game, Camryn Schaller picked up the win in the circle for SBC while Peyton Kempf took the loss for Boonville. Schaller pitched all five innings and struck out seven batters while giving up five runs on five hits and two walks. Kempf, meanwhile, pitched the first-three innings and gave up 10 runs-two earned-on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven. Emma West then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed five runs on three hits and three walks while striking out one.
SBC also out-hit Boonville 10-5, with Mariah Prince, Reganne Scheer and Brookelle Barnum each collecting two hits. The Lady Eagles also had five extra base hits in the ballgame against Boonville.
For the Lady Pirates, West went 1-for-1 with a double and three RBIs. Kendrick was 1-for-3 with a single and one RBI while Jones, Eichelberger and Daylynn Baker added one single each.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Southern Boone 3-1.
The Lady Pirates, 1-0 overall and in the conference, scored one run in each of the first, third and fourth innings for the win.
Southern Boone, meanwhile, scored its only run of the ballgame in the top half of the fifth.
Boonville JV coach Caitlin Holman said she was very proud of the Jv team against southern Boone.
“This was our first game in our new conference and what better way than coming out and getting a win,” Holman said. “Brooke Eichelberger went five innings for us in the circle. She pitched strong and hit her spots well tonight.”
Brooke Eichelberger pitched all five innings for the win for Boonville and struck out nine batters while giving up one run on one hit and four walks.
Lexi Martin took the loss for SBC.
Eichelberger also had two of the team’s six hits for Boonville, one of which went for a double. Alexis Trigg finished the game with one single and one RBI while Olivia Eichelberger, Rachel Massa and Mia Hatter each had one single. Becky Evans had one RBI.
For SBC, Riece Clevenger had the only with one single.