Newham picks up first career varsity win, Lady Pirates run-rule Smith-Cotton

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News
Boonville freshman pitcher Lillian Newham picked up her first career varsity win in a 10-0 shutout against the Smith-Cotton Tigers Wednesday at Bill Simmons field at Rolling Hills park.

After beating the Osage Indians Tuesday for its first conference win of the 2021 season, the Boonville Lady Pirates softball team took it one step further on Wednesday by beating the Smith-Cotton Tigers 10-0 at Bill Simmons field at Rolling Hills park.

Not only did Wednesday’s win push Boonville’s win streak to two games, it also put the Lady Pirates over the .500 mark for the season at 4-3 overall.

Boonville softball coach Christie Zoeller said this was a great game for the team. “Lillian (Newham) really did a great job on the mound,” Zoeller said. “I am really proud of the way she handled herself on the mound. She has worked really hard and I am excited about what she brings to our team. This was also an exciting night for her with her first high school win and the fact that it was a shutout.

“I am also excited about the way our batters performed. We did a great job stringing hits together, we were aggressive on the bases, and we also did a great job bunting tonight. We were even able to pull off a squeeze bunt by Rachel Massa and Lexi Maddex on third. We are really showing our potential this week and I hope we can continue putting it all together and just go out and play our game from here on out.”

So far so good. Along with out-hitting Smith-Cotton 13-3, the Lady Pirates also scored in every inning except the fourth to win by the mercy rule.

As for Newham, the freshman hurler notched her first win of the 2021 season by giving up just three hits and one walk in five innings. She also struck out four batters. Paris Hammer took the loss for Smith-Cotton.

As for the scoring, Boonville plated one in the first on a RBI-single to right by junior Josie Widel and then sent four runs across in the second on two hits and three Smith-Cotton errors to extend the lead to 5-0. The Lady Pirates would tack on four more in the third on a perfect squeeze play by Rachel Massa along with a fly out to left by senior Emma West for an RBI and a RBI-single by Widel to extend the lead to 9-0. West would also double in the fifth to drive in the 10th run to end the game via run rule.

West finished the game as the leading hitter for Boonville with a single, double and four RBIs. Massa had two singles and three RBIs, while Josie Widel added two singles and two RBIs, Lexi Maddex and Faith Mesik each with two singles, Lillian Newham with one single and one RBI, and Abby Pulliam and Olivia Eichelberger with one single apiece.

For Smith-Cotton, Ava Edgar went 1-for-2 with one double.

In the JV game, Boonville evened its season record to 2-2 by beating Smith-Cotton 9-7.

Boonville JV coach Caitlin Pendergraft said she was proud of the team’s “never give up” attitude. “We answered with our bats each time and pushed runs across the plate,” Pendergraft said. “Tonight’s game was a lot of fun. We hit well and played good defense. Casey Bedell and Sophie Zoeller went 2 for 3. Casey had one RBI, while Sophie had two. Alison Eichelberger, Allison Drummond, Lexie Lane and Bayleigh Warren each had one hit. Lexie had two RBIs. Rachel Massa pitched a great game for us in the circle tonight. She struckout four batters.”

Rachel Massa picked up the win in the circle for Boonville with four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Massa also allowed seven runs on eight hits. Rylie Nations took the loss for Smith-Cotton.

The Lady Pirates also trailed Smith-Cotton on several occasions throughout the game as the Lady Tigers led 5-1 after 2 ½ and 7-6 after 3 ½. However, in the bottom of the fourth, Boonville rallied back with three runs for the come from behind victory.

Sophie Zoeller led the hitting attack for Boonville with two singles and two RBIs. Casey Bedell finished the game with two singles and one RBI, while Allison Drummond added one double, Lexie Lane one single and two RBIs, and Alison Eichelberger, Mattie Wells and Bayleigh Warren each with one single. Mia Eckerle also drove in two runs.

For Smith-Cotton, Paris Wilson and Grace West each had two hits. West also drove in two runs.

Pulliam, Widel lead Lady Pirates past Osage in first TCC win

The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team did what head coach Christie Zoeller knew they were capable of the whole time Tuesday night on the road against Osage.

After dropping their last three games, the Lady Pirates finally had one go their way by leading Osage from start to finish for a 7-1 victory.

The win improved Boonville’s record to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the Tri-County Conference.

Boonville softball coach Christie Zoeller said this was a great game all the way around. “Abby Pulliam did a nice job in the circle and really kept their batters off balance,” Zoeller said. “We had some really great defensive plays behind her as well. Rachel Massa did a really nice job at second base and had some great defensive plays that kept their runners off the bases. We also had to adjust a little at the plate and we did that well and hit the ball hard. We were finally able to string some hits together and because of that the runs came. This was uplifting for our team tonight and was a true reflection of what this team can do. We will take this momentum with us as we move on to the games the rest of this week.”

While picking up the complete-game victory for Boonville, Pulliam struck out seven batters and allowed one run on four hits and one walk to improve to 3-3 on the season. Carly Ward took the loss for Osage.

The Lady Pirates also scored plenty of runs in the first-four innings with three in the first and three again in the fourth to go up 6-0. Meanwhile, after Osage scored its only run of the ball game in the bottom of the sixth, Boonville came back in the very next inning with another run to complete the scoring.

The Lady Pirates also out-hit Osage 10-4, with junior Josie Widel going 2-for-4 with a double, triple and one RBI. Freshman Lillian Newham finished the game with a single, double and one RBI, while Rachel Massa added two singles, Cora Thompson and Gracey Rose each with one double, Abby Pulliam with one single and one RBI, and Emma West with one single. Olivia Eichelberger finished the game with one RBI.

For Osage, Reese Good had two singles.

In the JV game, Boonville defeated Osage 4-1.

The Lady Pirates, 1-2 overall and in the conference, opened the game with one in the first and then sent three runs across in the third inning.

Boonville JV coach Caitlin Pendergraft said the JV team was only able to play three innings due to numbers. “Our team has been working on goals such as confident hitters and good communication on defense,” Pendergraft said. “Tonight, we put these together and came away with a win. Emma West pitched for us tonight and was spot on in the circle. Sophie Zoeller had two singles on the night with one RBI. Mattie Wells had a hard hit double. We will take the good from tonight’s game and carry it with us into our week.”

While picking up the win in the circle for Boonville, West pitched all three innings and struck out eight batters while giving up just one run on two hits and one walk.

Zoeller was perfect at the plate with two singles and one RBI. Wells finished the game with one double and two RBIs, while Alison Eichelberger added one single.