The Boone Central Cardinals added a pair of victories during a hectic week of softball action September 15-19.
The Cardinals topped Battle Creek during a triangular in Albion and knocked off Central City in the Northwest Invitational at Grand Island. In between, Boone Central dropped contests to Wayne, Wisner/Pilger, Gothenburg and High Plains and stand 4-14 for the season.
Boone Central’s week opened with a home triangular Tuesday and a 13-0 loss to Class C Top 10 Wayne in three innings.
The Blue Devils dominated behind one-hit pitching by Shannon Jarvi, rapped five hits and took advantage of numerous Cardinal errors on additional well-struck balls.
After that slow start, the Cards rebounded to defeat Battle Creek 10-2 in the nightcap.
“We had an all-around great game,” praised BC Coach Cassie Olson. “The defense was strong and the bats were hot!” Katie Zaruba earned the victory, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out two. Savannah Baker smacked three hits and Marissa Koch had two.
Boone Central concluded its 2009 home slate Thursday with a 14-5 loss to a hard-hitting Wisner/Piler squad. The Gators pounded out 14 hits off Melissa Berger, Taylor Pelster and Zaruba, methodically building an 8-1 lead through five innings and capping the victory with a six-run sixth. Gothenburg broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of two-run innings and defeated Boone Central 7-3 in the first round of the GINW Invite Saturday. The Swedes took advantage of four BC errors while rapping 10 hits.
Boone Central scored its fourth victory of ‘09 with an exciting 4-2 decision over Central City.
“This game was truly a joy to watch and coach,” said Olson. “The team did a great job offensively and defensively.
Their communication and confidence were the keys to this win.” Boone Central finished tourney play with an 8-3 loss to High Plains.
The Cards started slowly and trailed 6-0 before scoring three runs in the late innings. Terri Molt singled and scored in the fifth inning and Baker and Lindsay Temme added runs in the sixth.
Berger took the loss. Molt led Card hitters with two.
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