Lady Pirates beat Versailles and Dixon and fall to Odessa
The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team started the day with a wimper but ended with back to back wins to place fifth overall Saturday in the Versailles Invitational Tournament.
While finishing the tournament at 2-1 overall, head coach Christie Zoeller said the Lady Pirates came to this tournament and started out as a team that was timid and unsure of themselves and left as a confident team, who is starting to finally realize the potential that they have. “This was a fun day for us and we hope to build off of this as we head into next week and the rest of the season.”
At 7-10 on the season, the Lady Pirates appeared to still be asleep in the opening game against Odessa while losing 10-5 on five errors. However in the consolation semifinals against the host team, Zoeller said this was a much better game as Boonville won 8-3. Meanwhile, in the consolation finals, Zoeller said the bats were on fire as the Lady Pirates exploded for 14 runs on 16 hits to beat Dixon 14-6.
Needless to say it was a long game to say the least against Odessa as Boonville trailed 4-1 after one and 9-3 after three.
“This was a very ugly game for us,” Zoeller said. “We committed a ton of errors and basically gave them about eight runs for free. We were just not mentally in this game and it was very evident. On a positive note, Jamie Lemmons had a monster home run over the center field fence.”
Peyton Kempf took the loss in the circle for Boonville and gave up 10 runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three batters in six innings.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, Lemmons went 4-for-4 with three singles, one home run and two RBIs. Brooke Eichelberger finished the game with a single, double and one RBI while Josie Robb added two singles, Hailey Polk one single and one RBI and Kourtney Kendrick, Bryanna Jones and Kempf each with one single.
In the consolation semifinals, the Lady Pirates jumped out on top to stay against Versailles by pushing across three runs in each of the first-two innings and one in the third and fourth innings of play.
Zoeller said the bats started to come alive a little bit more and the girls were able to string some hits together. “We saw another monster home run from Jamie over the center field fence and this one connected with a truck windshield parked out there and it did some damage,” Zoeller said. “We played much better defense in this game as well.”
Emma West was the winning pitcher in the game for Boonville. While pitching 6 2/3 innings, West gave up just two runs on three hits and seven walks while striking out three batters.
Boonville also out-hit Versailles 10-4, with Logan Root going 3-for-3 with three singles. Lemmons finished the game with a double, home run and one RBI while Josie Robb added one single and one RBI, Kourtney Kendrick and Morgan Massa each with one single and Brooke Eichelberger with one RBI.
In the final game against Dixon, Zoeller said the girls were hitting all the way up and down the lineup and it was just a fun game to be a part of.
“We were smart on the bases and just did a lot of things right,” Zoeller said. “Peyton Kempf did a nice job keeping a good hitting team off balance late in the game. We also saw a third home run from Jamie on the day and it was a monster of a hit. Everyone was hitting the ball and hitting it hard. I think about the fourth inning of this game is where I finally saw us put everything together. We were solid defensively, we were powerful in the boxes, and we were smart on the bases.”
The Lady Pirates also had to come from behind in this game as Dixon led 5-3 after 2 1/2 before rallying back with two in the bottom half of the third, two again in the fourth, five in the fifth and two in the sixth for the victory.
Kempf picked up the win for Boonville and gave up six runs on 12 hits and one walk while striking out three batters in seven innings.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, Hailey Polk went 3-for-4 with a single, two doubles and two RBIs. Logan Root finished the game with two singles and one triple while Josie Robb added two singles, one double and two RBIs, Lemmons with one double, one home run and three RBIs, Brooke Eichelberger with a single, double and three RBIs, Bryanna Jones with a RBI-single and Kourtney Kendrick and Morgan Massa each with one single.