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Lady Pirates take control early in 15-3 win over New Franklin

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News
Boonville senior Brooke Eichelberger triples to right center field in the second inning Thursday night against New Franklin at the high school ballfield. (Chris Bowie/Boonville Daily News

Through rain and mist, the Boonville Lady Pirates softball team wasn’t going to be denied Thursday night against the New Franklin Bulldogs.

While switching from Rolling Hills park to the high school due to the wet fields, the Lady Pirates came out slow to start once again as New Franklin took a 1-0 lead after one. However for the next four innings, Boonville dominated the Lady Bulldogs in every facet of the game with 15 runs on nine hits for a 15-3 victory.

The win improved Boonville’s record to 5-3 overall while New Franklin dropped to 2-3.

Boonville coach Christie Zoeller said this was a great team win. “Abby did a great job on the mound tonight by striking out 10,” Zoeller said. “She stayed consistent even during the drizzling rain. Our hitters also stayed disciplined at the plate and found good pitches to hit. We hope to take the momentum of this game into next week.”

New Franklin coach Ross Dowell said his team made too many mistakes-most of them mental. “We play bigger schools to get better,” Dowell said. “I thought we played scared and with not a lot of motivation. Boonville is a good team but we did not play up to our abilities.”

The Lady Bulldogs were definitely playing up to their abilities in the first and fifth innings of play. In the first, New Franklin scored one run on three walks and a wild pitch to go up 1-0. Meanwhile, in the fifth, the Lady Bulldogs tacked on two more runs on a single to center by Abby Maupin, a RBI-double to right by Izy Matney and a throwing error.

Unfortunately for New Franklin, they had no answer for Boonville in the second, third and fourth innings of play as the Lady Pirates exploded for a total of 15 runs.

Of course it was a combination of hits and walks in the second inning as Boonville plated nine runs on three hits and six walks to go up 9-1. Brooke Eichelberger led off the inning for the Lady Pirates with a lead off triple to right center. Rachel Massa later beat out an infield single to short to bring in one run while Emma West belted a two-RBI double to left center to extend the lead to 6-1.

In the third inning, Boonville again took advantage of walks with two runs on just one hit-an infield single to short by Massa.

As for the fourth, the Lady Pirates tacked on four more runs on four straight hits-all singles-by Alexis Trigg, Rachel Massa, Kourtney Kendrick and Daylynn Baker. West then doubled over third extend the lead to 15-1.

Abby Pulliam picked up the win in the circle for Boonville while Alexis Sprick took the loss for New Franklin. Pulliam, 5-2 on the season, pitched four innings in relief of starter Emma West and gave up two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out 10 batters. Sprick, meanwhile, pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed nine runs on three hits and six walks. Abby Maupin then came in and pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief and surrendered six runs on six hits and three walks while striking out one batter.

Boonville also out-hit New Franklin 9-3, with Emma West going 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Rachel Massa was 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI while Brooke Eichelberger added a triple and Kourtney Kendrick, Daylynn Baker, Olivia Eichelberger and Alexis Trigg each had one single and one RBI. Abby Pulliam and Alexis Albin also drove in one run.

For New Franklin, Izy Matney doubled and drove in one run while Abby Maupin and Kayce Hundley each had one single.

In the JV game, Boonville defeated New Franklin 11-0 in three innings.

Boonville JV softball coach Caitlin Pendergraft said this was a great game by the Lady Pirates team. “We were disciplined at the plate and played good defense despite the rainy weather,” Pendergraft said. “Rachel Massa worked hard in the circle for us and Emma West came in the last inning to defend the lead. Josie Widel hit a dinger with bases loaded over the center field fence.”

Boonville, 4-2 on the season, opened the game with five runs in the first and then sent six runs across in the second inning.

Rachel Massa picked up the win in the circle for Boonville while Sophia Held took the loss for New Franklin.

The Lady Pirates also finished the game with seven hits, with Josie Widel going 2-for-2 with a single, grand slam home run and four RBIs. Jordyn Fuemmeler also had two hits with a single, double and four RBIs while Alison Eichelberger added two singles, Gracey Rose with one double and Carlie Bishop with one RBI.

For New Franklin, Carly Dorson had one single.

Boonville junior Rachel Massa delivers a pitch to the plate in junior varsity action Thursday night against New Franklin at the high school ballfield.