The Boone Central softball team continued its early-season pace this past week and improved to 8-4 with three wins in five games.
The Cardinals split contests in a triangular at O’Neill Sept. 6, then posted a 2-1 record to take third place in the Lakeview Tournament at Columbus Saturday.
Boone Central broke open a tight game with four runs in the sixth inning and defeated Madison 7-1 at O’Neill Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Leading 3-1, the Cardinals got runs from Maria Glidden, Kelsey Lee, Jordyn VanWormer and Shannon Stuhlmiller in the sixth. Stuhlmiller and Aleana Hager delivered key RBI base hits in the frame.
Gina Nelson scattered five hits and struck out 10 while earning the victory.
The host O’Neill Eagles shut down Boone Central’s offense in the nightcap, as pitcher Rachel Price fired a one-hitter with nine strikeouts.
Boone Central opened the Lakeview Tournament Saturday with an 11-3 loss to a tough York squad.
“While the score doesn’t show it, this was actually one of our better morning games,” Olson commented. “It hurt that we weren’t able to hit the gaps.”
Boone Central bounced back to clobber Madison 12-0 in four innings in consolation play, scoring at least two runs in each inning.
“The girls played a relaxed, all-around great game,” Olson praised. “They had fun in the batter’s box and excelled in the field.”
The Cardinals wrapped up the tournament with a 5-0 whitewash of the host ViQueens. Nelson and the Boone Central defense came through numerous times in the contest, stranding nine Lakeview baserunners.
“What a fantastic game!” exclaimed Olson. “The girls were so relaxed and focused. They made some amazing catches and defensive plays.
“Our patience and confidence at the plate made it a fun game offensively.”
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