After dropping a pair of low-scoring nailbiters at Norfolk to begin last week, the Boone Central softball team wrapped up its 2010 regular season by winning one of three home games Sept. 28-30.
Boone Central (11-15) is the #4 seed in the C-3 District tournament at Wayne Oct. 7-8. The Cardinals will open against #5 Tekamah-Herman (9-15) at 12:00 Thursday. The winner will advance to play top-seeded Wayne (24-1) at 3:30, with the loser dropping into the playback bracket.
Boone Central played two of its best defensive games of the season in a triangular at Lutheran High NE Sept. 27, but couldn’t come up with enough offense to post a victory.
The Cards lost a 2-0 decision to host Lutheran despite outhitting the Eagles 5-3. Lutheran scored single runs in the first and third frames while BC stranded runners at second base in the second, fourth and sixth innings.
“The girls played excellent defense and Brooke also did exceedingly well on the mound,” praised Coach Cassie Olson. “Terri Molt made an excellent play in the game, going deep into the hole at shortstop and throwing a runner out from her knees.”
In another tight battle, Boone Central was defeated 4-2 by West Point C.C. The Cards rallied from a 4-0 deficit as Maria Glidden doubled home Sara Wells and Molt in the seventh inning, but left the tieing runs at second and third bases.
“Again, we played excellent defense – the outfield got to tough balls and the infield turned a double play,” said Olson. “We hit better, but got the rally going too late.”
Boone Central opened a triangular in Albion Tuesday with a rousing 11-2 victory over Cross County.
Glidden was the offensive engine for the Cards early, smacking a two-run triple in the first inning and adding another triple and run in the third as BC took a 5-0 lead. Boone Central battled hard in the Tuesday nightcap, but state-rated Twin River used a four-run fifth inning to spark an 8-2 victory. Boone Central hosted St. Paul for a Senior Night contest Thursday and dropped a crazy, seesaw affair to the Wildcats, 8-6.
Both teams displayed solid pitching and terrific defense through the early innings. Glidden tripled and scored for a 1-0 Card lead in the fourth and, following a two-run St. Paul fifth, Glidden singled and scored to tie.
The Wildcats took advantage of two BC errors to score six unearned runs in the seventh. After four innings of spotless defense, Cardinal errors in the fifth and seventh opened the gates for all eight St. Paul runs.
Boone Central came up with four runs of its own in the seventh, but again left the tieing runs on base.
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