The Boone Central softball team gave good efforts against a pair of strong opponents in their final games of the 2011 regular season.
Boone Central will host the C-5 District tournament at the Albion Sports Complex this week (Oct. 6-7). The Cardinals are the #2 seed in the C-5 field with a 15-11 record and 41.280 NSAA point rating. Guardian Angels Central Catholic of West Point earned the top seed with a 23-5 mark and 44.0 NSAA ratings. Other teams in the tournament are #3 Tekamah-Herman (17-13), #4 Pierce (15-9), #5 Wisner-Pilger (14-14), #6 Madison (2-22) and #7 West Point-Beemer (1-20).
With G.A. Central Catholic receiving a first-round bye, Boone Central will open against West Point-Beemer Thursday at 1:45 p.m. With a victory, the Cardinals would face the Tekamah-Herman/Madison winner at 3:30.
Twin River 6, Cardinals 2
Boone Central would have liked a re-do of the third inning at Silver Creek Tuesday, Sept. 27. The Cards gave traditionally-tough Twin River all it could handle, but dropped a 6-2 decision as the Titans tallied five runs in that third frame.
“The girls played a focused, hard-fought ballgame,” said Coach Cassie Olson. “I was very proud of them.”
St. Paul 5, Cardinals 4
Boone Central has had a good softball rivalry and some entertaining games with St. Paul in recent years. The teams continued that tradition with St. Paul’s taut 5-4 win over the Cards Thursday.
Trailing 3-0, BC pulled within one, parlaying a pair of walks, two hits, two wild pitches and a sacrifice into two runs. The Wildcats added a pair in the bottom of the frame and Boone Central closed the gap to 5-3 in the fifth when Lee doubled home Maria Glidden.
The Cardinals made a final charge in the seventh. Molt led off with a single, advanced on a St. Paul error and wild pitch, then scored on a passed ball. After Atwood walked, Glidden singled and Lee reached on a fielder’s choice. That pair advanced to second and third with two out on a wild pitch, but a final strikeout left the Cardinals one run short.
“The girls played so hard – we just missed some opportunities at unfortunate times,” Olson commented. “It was an overall solid game.”
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