One swing by Osage’s Kerrigan Gamm put the Lady Indians up for good Tuesday night against Boonville in Tri-County Conference action at Rolling Hills park.
Having already dropped their conference opener the week before against Southern Boone, the Lady Pirates could  ill afford another loss and hope for a chance at the title. Gamm’s lead off home run to start the game all but nixed that idea as Osage would tack on five more runs over the next six innings for a 6-2 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the TCC, head coach Christie Zoeller said Osage came out hitting the ball hard and the Lady Pirates just failed to string hits together.
“We are also letting too many balls get through on defense,” Zoeller said. “We just have to keep working together and continue to say positive.”
Aside from being out-hit by Osage 10-6 and committing just two errors, the Lady Pirates still had a chance after cutting the lead to one (2-1) in the bottom half of the second after a lead off home run to right center by Alexis Albin for her second of the season.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they never got any closer as Osage plated two more runs in the third, one in the fourth and one in the sixth to extend the lead to 6-1. Meanwhile, in the bottom half of the seventh, Boonville made some more noise by putting two runners on via a single up the middle by Emma West and a ground ball to short by Morgan Massa for a error. Senior Hailey Polk then drove in Boonville’s second run with a hard ground ball to short.
Carly Ward picked up the win in the circle for Osage while Peyton Kempf took the loss for Boonville. Ward pitched all seven innings and struck out nine batters while giving up two runs on six hits. As for Kempf, who dropped to 1-5, the senior hurler gave up seven runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out three.
Ward also led the hitting attack for Osage with three singles and one RBI. Gamm finished 2-for-3 with a double, home run and two RBIs while Payton Good added two doubles and two RBIs.
For Boonville, Bryanna Jones went 2-for-3 with two singles while Alexis Albin homered and drove in one run. Polk finished the game with a RBI-double while Kourtney Kendrick and Emma West each singled.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Osage 7-5 to improve to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the TCC.
Boonville JV coach Caitlin Holman said the girls battled with Osage in a back and forth five-inning game. “Emma West pitched a great game for us by striking out eight batters and bringing in two runs on a sacrifice fly hits to the outfield,” Holman said. “Rachel Massa, Daylynn Baker and Becky Evans also were our sticks at the plate.”
Emma West pitched all five innings for the Lady Pirates and struck out eight batters while giving up five runs on one hit and seven walks.
Rachel Massa went 2-for-2 in the game with a single and a double. Daylynn Baker tripled and drove in one run while Becky Evans added a single and one RBI. West also drove in two runs.