Lady Falcons hold Boonville hitless through three innings

The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons softball team proved why they are the No. 1 team in the Tri-County Conference.
After finishing second last year at the state tournament, the Lady Falcons looked to be well on their way to another trip to the Final Four this season after beating Boonville on Senior-Parents Night Monday at Rolling Hills park 18-0 in three innings.
While capturing the conference title outright at 7-0, Blair Oaks also improved to 22-4 on the season. Boonville fell to 8-14 overall and 1-6 in the TCC.
Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Christie Zoeller said this really isn’t much you can say about this game. “Their pitcher was the real deal and just shut us out of this ballgame,” Zoeller said. “Their hitters also hit the ball and hit it hard to our holes. Despite the outcome of this game, we were able to create our six seniors tonight and even got Zoe (Coffelt) in the game after being out all season due to her ACL injury. This was a special moment for everyone.”
With the district tournament beginning Wednesday in Marshall, the Lady Pirates definitely need to work on a few things between now and then such as hitting. While the game lasted only three innings, Boonville failed to get a hit off of starting pitcher Makenna Kliethermes, who faced only nine batters and recorded eight strikeouts.
Senior Peyton Kempf took the loss for Boonville, dropping her to 3-9 on the season. Kempf pitched all three innings and gave up 18 runs on 18 hits and one walk while striking out two batters.
Blair Oaks also scored in every inning against Boonville, pushing across two runs in the first on a two-run home run to right by Brooke Boessen. The Lady Falcons also exploded for 12 runs in the second on nine hits, which included a three-run shot to left by Kayla Jones.
Blair Oaks also sent a total of 17 batters to the plate in the second to extend the lead to 14-0. Meanwhile, in the third, the Lady Falcons plated four more runs on four hits. Kliethermes also had the third home run of the ballgame in the inning for Blair Oaks-a two run shot to center.
Boessen went 4-for-4 in the game for Blair Oaks with a home run and six RBIs. Kliethermes had three hits with a double, home run and four RBIs while Kayla Jones added a single, double and three RBIs, Kaitlyn Kolb two singles and two RBIs, Ellie Kliethermes and Natalie Otto each with two singles and one RBI and Bailey Rissmiller with two singles.
Blair Oaks also won the JV game against Boonville 15-4 in three innings.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 7-6 overall and 3-3 in the TCC, trailed Blair Oaks 15-0 after 2 1/2 before rallying back with four runs in the bottom half of the third to avoid the shutout.
Boonville JV coach Caitlin Holman said this was not the way the girls wanted to end their season. “I am very proud of this JV team,” Holman said. “They never gave up in this game and continued to support their teammates. This young team has shown growth and improvements this season and we are excited to get them back next year and continue to grow.”
Morgan Higgins picked up the win in the circle for Blair Oaks while Emma West took the loss for Boonville. West pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up 15 runs on 12 hits and eight walks while striking out one batter.
Blair Oaks also out-hit Boonville’s JV 12-1, with Kaitlyn Luebbering going 2-for-2 with one triple. Andi Siebeneck was 2-for-3 with a double and five RBIs while Grace Boessen added a single, double and four RBIs.
West had the only hit in the game for Boonville, being a single. She also drove in one run.