Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Christie Zoeller knew her team was capable of having a breakout game. She just didn’t know when or where it would come.
That time was Thursday night as the Lady Pirates scored a season-high 16 runs on 14 hits in a 16-1 win over New Franklin at the high school ballfield.
While the win was only the second for Boonville in seven games, both against Class 1 schools, Zoeller said she still thought the girls played a great game.
“We stayed disciplined at the plate and found good pitches to hit,” Zoeller said. “We were able to hit the ball hard tonight. Our pitchers also did a great job on the mound and we played error free behind them. This is the momentum we needed at this point in the season to push us into next week on the winning side. I hope we can continue to hit the ball like this as we take the field next week.”
New Franklin coach Ross Dowell said his young team did not respond to playing a good team like Boonville.
“We were pretty much beat before we took the field,” Dowell said. “I told them the reason you play a team like Boonville is to get better. On the positive side we had some pretty good swings on offense, we just have to keep working with this young team and try to improve from day to day.”
While winning by the mercy rule for the first time this season, Boonville also had a first with seven of the nine starters collecting at least one hit. Five players had two hits or more in the game, which was called in the third inning.
Needless to say it didn’t take long for Boonville to get the lead as the Lady Pirates struck for five runs in the bottom half of the first on four hits.
Boonville never trailed after that while exploding for eight runs in the second on six hits to make it 13-0. The Lady Pirates also sent a total of 11 batters to the plate in the inning, with freshman Emma West collecting the only extra base hit with a RBI-double to right center. Bryanna Jones, Daylynn Baker, Hailey Polk, Kourtney Kendrick and Josie Robb each had one single.
Meanwhile, in the top-half of the third, New Franklin scored its only run on a lead-off double to right by Kayce Hundley and a ground out to second by Kristen Flick.
But it was too little too late as Boonville answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning on three hits and one walk to end the game.
Emma West picked up her first varsity win in the circle for Boonville while Annie Benner took the loss for New Franklin, who dropped to 1-5 on the season.
West pitched the first-two innings and gave up one hit while striking out one. Kourtney Kendrick then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed one run one hit while striking out one.
For New Franklin, Benner pitched the first-two innings and gave up 13 runs on 11 hits and three walks. Alexia Sprick then came in and pitched 2/3 inning and surrendered three runs on three hits and one walk.
Boonville also out-hit New Franklin 14-2, with Daylynn Baker going 3-for-3 with three singles and three RBIs. Josie Robb also finished the game with three singles with three singles and one RBI while Emma West added a single, double and one RBI, Kourtney Kendrick with two singles and three RBIs, Bryanna Jones with two singles and two RBIs, Peyton Kempf with one double and two RBIs, Hailey Polk with one single and one RBI and Alexis Albin with one RBI.
For New Franklin, Kayce Hundley doubled while Madelyn Chaney added one single and Kristen Flick with one RBI.
Boonville also won in the JV game against New Franklin 5-4.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 3-1 on the season, put up one run in the first, three again in the second and one in the third while New Franklin scored two runs in each of the second and third innings.
Boonville coach Caitlin Holman said the girls played only three innings due to low numbers by New Franklin.
“Our girls kept themselves in the game and answered any run New Franklin had scored with hits and runs on our side for the go ahead,” Holman said. “Logan Root pitched well in the circle for us.”
Logan Root was the winning pitcher in the circle for Boonville while Abygale Maupin took the loss for New Franklin. Root struck out six batters in three innings and gave up four runs on four hits and two walks. Maupin, meanwhile, pitched two innings and allowed five runs on three hits and five walks while striking out one.
Rachel Massa had the only extra base hit in the game for Boonville, being a double. Massa also drove in one run. Becky Evans and Mia Hatter each had one single.
For New Franklin, Alexia Sprick tripled and drove in two runs while Kristen Flick and Isabelle Matney each had one single.