Loss drops Boonville to 8-11 overall and 2-4 in the TCC

The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team may have let one get away Monday night on the road against the Hallsville Indians.
Although the Lady Indians rallied with one run in the bottom half of the seventh for a 10-9 victory, Boonville held a 7-5 advantage after 4 1/2 in a Tri-County Conference matchup at CMU field in Fayette.
Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, they had two bad innings by giving up four runs in each of the second and fifth innings of play to account for eight of the 10 runs for Hallsville.
The loss dropped Boonville to 8-11 overall with three games left to play before the district tournament next week in Marshall.
Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Christie Zoeller said the girls started this game hitting the ball and doing a lot of things right. However, she said the errors eventually took the team out of this game.
“We are struggling right now to putting a full seven innings together,” Zoeller said. “This is something that we have to mentally find a way to do. We did fight until the end in this game and never gave up.”
Nobody could fault the Lady Pirates for their start, that’s for sure. After putting up four runs in the first and one again in the second to extend the lead to 5-1 after 1 1/2, Boonville couldn’t seem to buy an out in the bottom half of the second by giving up four runs on three hits, two walks, two pass balls and one dropped third strike.
But even then the Lady Pirates still found a way against Hallsville after pushing across one run in each of the fourth and sixth innings of play to make it 7-5. However, in the bottom half of the fifth, Boonville struggled again in the field by giving up four runs on two hits, one walk and two errors to trail 9-7.
Of course the Lady Indians were also in the giving mood by surrendering one run in each of the sixth and seventh innings to force a tie at 9-all. However in the bottom half of the seventh, Hallsville rallied back with a lead-off single and then got the hit they were looking for with a walk off double to center by Oetting for the winner.
Littrell picked up the complete game victory for Hallsville while Emma West took the loss for Boonville. In seven innings, Littrell struck out eight batters and gave up nine runs on 15 hits and nine walks.
For Boonville, Peyton Kempf pitched the first-two innings and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two batters. West, who dropped to 4-2 on the season, then came in and pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief and allowed five runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven.
As for the hitting in the game, Oetting went 3-for-5 with two doubles and five RBIs. Abell also had three hits, all being singles.
For Boonville, Bryanna Jones went 3-for-5 with three singles and two RBIs.
Jamie Lemmons and Emma West finished the game with a single, double and two RBIs each while Kourtney Kendrick added a single and a double, Hailey Polk with two singles and one RBI, Josie Robb with two singles and Brooke Eichelberger and Morgan Massa each with one single.