Boone Central bounced back from a disappointing first-round loss to win two games and take 5th place in the 2011 Mid-State Conference softball tournament held in Albion Sept. 19-20.
The third-seeded Cardinals got off to a slow start, dropping a 10-4 decision to #6 seed Lutheran High NE in the opening round.
“It was as if we took an extra moment to ‘get going’ and just couldn’t catch up,” commented Boone Central Coach Cassie Olson.
Boone Central rebounded with a near-spotless 8-0 win over Madison in consolation play. The Cardinals outhit Madison 9-3, did not commit an error and wrapped up the decision in five innnings.
Terri Molt got scoring started with a first-inning run and BC took a 3-0 lead in the second with McKenzie Mescher and Jordyn VanWormer scoring on Emily Carder’s sacrifice and a Shannon Stuhlmiller single.
Boone Central wrapped up 5th place in the conference tourney with a 5-2 victory over Pierce in the final game of the first day.
“This was a great way to end the day – I was extremely proud of the way the girls bounced back to finish 2-1 and earn 5th place,” Olson commented.
Trailing 2-1, Boone Central got the offensive outburst it would need in a four-run third inning. Aleana Hager and Maria Glidden led off with consecutive walks and Lee followed with an RBI double. Mescher then popped a two-run triple and Van Wormer brought in the final run with a sacrifice fly.
After finishing the conference tournament, the Boone Central softball team won two of three additional games to improve its season record to a healthy 15-9.
Boone Central traveled to Polk Thursday, Sept. 22, and soundly defeated High Plains 9-1.
“We were a little slow getting started, but the girls did well feeding off each other’s energy from the fourth on, stringing together hits and having quick defensive innings,” noted Coach Cassie Olson.
Boone Central had a tough go in the opener of a triangular in Albion Monday, losing an 11-0 decision to Guardian Angels Central Catholic in four innings. The Cards were held hitless in the contest and committed six errors while giving up 12 hits to the Bluejays.
The Cardinals did get some payback in the nightcap, however, scoring a 12-6 victory over Lutheran High NE, which had upset BC in the opening round of the Mid-State tournament.
“What a satisfying way to end the night!,” Olson exclaimed. “A solid offensive performance paved the way for a steady lead that held up to the end.”
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