Boonville win fourth straight, beats Marshall 8-6

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News

The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team was far from perfect Monday night on the road against the Marshall Owls.

While picking up its fourth straight win to improve to 6-3 on the season, Boonville scored just enough runs to beat Marshall in a come from behind victory 8-6.

“We came out slow and sluggish in this game,” stated Boonville coach Christie Zoeller. “We struggled getting our bats going but in the sixth we were able to get things going and we scored six runs. We know that we have to come out ready when the first pitch is thrown. I am proud of this team for never giving up and finding a way to get the win.”

Needless to say, it didn’t look pretty early on for Boonville as Marshall came out and scored three runs in the bottom half of the first. And even though the Lady Pirates rallied back with one run in the third and fourth innings of play, they still trailed 3-2 after five. However, in the sixth inning, Boonville exploded for six runs to go up 8-3 and then had a tense bottom half of the inning after giving up three runs to make it a two-run ball game at 8-6. Luckily for Boonville, the Owls failed to score in its half of the seventh.

Lillian Newham picked up the win in the circle for Boonville, while Abby Pulliam recorded the save. While improving to 2-0 on the season, Newham struck out seven batters in six innings and allowed six runs on three hits and four walks. Pulliam, meanwhile, pitched one inning in relief with two strikeouts. Wilkinson took the loss for Marshall.

Lillian Newham also led the hitting attack for the Lady Pirates with a single, double and one RBI. No other player had more than one hit for Boonville, although Lexi Maddex and Olivia Eichelberger doubled and drove in one run each. Rachel Massa was 1-for-3 with a single and one RBI.

McCracken had two hits for Marshall with a single, double and one RBI.

In the JV game, Boonville defeated Marshall 10-0.

The Lady Pirates JV team, 4-2 on the season, scored in all but one inning against Marshall and plated two in the first, three in the second, two again in the third and three in the fifth.

Boonville JV coach Caitlin Pendergraft said the JV team hit well against Marshall. “We took advantage of situations on the base paths,” Pendergraft said. “Mattie Wells pitched three innings and then turned around and caught two innings while Rachel Massa pitched two innings. Both girls did a great job in the circle.”

In her three-inning stint in the circle, Wells struck out five batters and gave up just one hit. Massa then came in and pitched two innings with five strikeouts and giving up just one hit.

Boonville also had six hits in the game, with Allison Drummond going 1-for-3 with one double and one RBI. Alison Eichelberger and Casey Bedell each had one single and one RBI, while Mattie Wells, Lexie Lane and Jordyn Fuemmeler added one single each. Sophie Zoeller also drove in one run.

Brooke Wagner had both of the team’s hits in the game for Marshall, being singles.