Lady Pirates drop to 8-12 overall with two games to play in regular season
The Fulton Lady Hornets softball team knew a fast start would all but quiet the Boonville Lady Pirates Tuesday night in a battle of former NCMC teams at Rolling Hills park.
Having already won the first meeting against Boonville back on September 17th by a score of 7-3, some felt the game was a little closer than the outcome.
That wasn’t the case this time as Fulton jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one-half inning en route to a 11-5 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 8-12 overall, head coach Christie Zoeller said Fulton definitely came out ready to hit the ball. “The first couple innings were rough, but afterwards we gained composure,” Zoeller said. “We did a much better job defensively tonight but just waited too long to string hits together. We never gave up and kept fighting until the end of this game.”
Despite a lackluster start while giving up five runs in the first, two again in the second and one in the third to trail Fulton 8-3, the Lady Pirates still managed to make it a game.
The Lady Hornets still out-hit Boonville 15-8 and had one fewer error in the game with two. But for a team that entered the game at 18-3 overall, the Lady Pirates hung right in there for seven innings against one of the top teams in the NCMC.
Of course it didn’t help that Fulton hit two home runs in the first or that all nine batters came to the plate in the inning.
But even then Boonville got one of the runs back in the bottom half of the first on a two-out double to left by Jamie Lemmons and a RBI-single to right by Bryanna Jones.
The Lady Pirates also matched Fulton with two runs in the second inning on back to back singles by Daylynn Baker and Logan Root to make it 7-3.
Then, after Fulton plated another run in the third, Boonville came back with a run in the fourth when Brooke Eichelberger led off with a single to left and scored three batters later on a Fulton error to cut the lead in half at 8-4.
The Lady Pirates never got any closer in the ballgame as Fulton came back and tacked on two more in the sixth and one in the sixth to extend the lead to 11-4. Then, in the bottom half of the seventh, Boonville plated another run on a one-out walk to Josie Robb and a RBI-double to center by Kourtney Kendrick.
Taylor Kettle picked up the win in the circle for Fulton while Emma West took the loss for Boonville, dropping her to 4-3 on the season. Kettle pitched five innings and struck out six batters while giving up four runs on six hits. West, meanwhile, pitched just 1/3 inning and gave up five runs on four hits and one walk. Peyton Kempf then came in and pitched 6 2/3 innings in relief and allowed six runs on 11 hits and one walk while striking out two.
As for the hitting in the game for Fulton, Kayla Neal and Sydney Hedgpath each had three hits while Taylor Kettle, Alex Trowbridge and Haden Trowbridge added two hits each.
For Boonville, Jamie Lemmons and Daylynn Baker each had a single and a double in the game. Kourtney Kendrick also doubled and drove in one run while Bryanna Jones added one single and one RBI, Brooke Eichelberger and Logan Root each with one single and Peyton Kempf with one RBI.
In the JV game, Fulton defeated Boonville 13-5.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 6-5 on the season, opened the game with a 3-1 lead after one against Fulton but then surrendered five runs in each of the third and fourth innings of play and two again in the fifth to suffer the loss.
Boonville JV coach Caitlin Holman said though the girls didn’t come away with a win tonight, they need to take a look at what they can improve on and apply that to their practices and few games that they have remaining.
“Each opportunity that these girls have to step out on this field is an opportunity to grow and make themselves better,” Holman said. “I believe we are doing that each practice, each game, each time we pick up the softball, these girls have improved and continue to do so. We will play again Thursday night against Eldon following the varsity game.”
Emma West took the loss for Boonville by giving up six runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three batters in 2 2/3 innings. Olivia Eichelberger, meanwhile, pitched one inning in relief and allowed seven runs on five hits and six walks while striking out one batter.
Fulton’s JV also out-hit Boonville 11-5, with Rylee Baker, Emily Clark and Laura Moody collecting two hits each.
For Boonville, Rachel Massa tripled while Alexis Albin doubled and drove in two runs. Emma West had one single and one RBI while Alexis Trigg and Becky Evans added one single each.