The Boone Central varsity softball team began its 2010 fall season full steam ahead this past week, playing five games in a triangular at Cross County and the Fillmore Central Invitational tournament.
The Cardinals opened the campaign Thursday by winning a pair of wild offensive donnybrooks in Stromsburg, but dropped three contests to tough opponents in Saturday’s tourney action at Geneva.
When rulesmakers moved the distance of the pitching rubber from 40 to 43 feet, they hoped it would increase balls put into play and offensive production.
They may not have anticipated anything quite like Boone Central’s openers at Cross County in Stromsburg Thursday.
Boone Central rallied to defeat the host Cougars 15-12 in the first game of the day, then followed that excitement by nipping Schuyler 19-18 in eight innings.
Cardinal Coach Cassie Olson was pleased with the mettle shown by her charges.
“We started out with some nerves, but the girls stayed focused and came back from an 0-8 deficit in the third inning to win that first game,” she praised. “Amazing rally – I am so proud of the team!”
After cracking 34 base hits in Thursday’s doubleheader, Boone Central experienced the opposite extreme of the offensive scale in its tourney opener at Fillmore Central Saturday.
Facing standout Twin River pitcher Paige Paczosa, the Cardinals were held hitless in an 8-0 loss to the state-rated Titans. Runs continued to be scarce throughout the day as Boone Central dropped to 2-3 with losses to the host Panthers (11-3) and Raymond Central (7-2).
“Overall, our defense was really solid, but we just couldn’t seem to get our bats started,” said Coach Olson.
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