Cardinals split in softball start

A hit and a miss – all in all a good start to the 2012 season for the Boone Central softball team, according to Coach Cassie Olson.
Boone Central traveled to Schuyler to Thursday, August 23, for its first competitive swings of the new camapign and earned a split in triangular action, defeating the host Warriors 11-6 before dropping an 8-4 decision to tough Cross County.
“We found some small things to work on, but I’m very pleased with the girls’ efforts on the night and their attitude,” Olson commented.

It’s always nice to start a season on a winning note and opportunistic Boone Central did just that against host Schuyler Thursday.
The Cardinals burst to a 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning and built a 10-1 cushion through four, then shut down late Warrior rally attempts to earn their first feather of 2012.
“What a good way to start the season,” Olson exclaimed. “The girls were disciplined in the box and kept their focus on what needed to be done every play.”
Taking advantage of early control issues by Schuyler pitcher Brabac, Boone Central’s first six batters reached via walks. The Cards parlayed those walks with a Schuyler error and 13 stolen bases and/or base advances by wild pitches and passed balls to build their early lead.
BC added three runs in the second on the strength of walks by Shannon Stuhlmiller and Aleana Hager, Kelsey Lee’s single and a two-run double by Becca Reicks. Hager walked, stole second and third, and scored on a Warrior error to make it 10-1 in the fourth.

Boone Central was foiled in its attempt at a sweep as Cross County used a six-run flurry in the fourth and fifth innings to score an 8-4 victory.
The teams each scored once in the first, with Teri Molt singling and scoring for BC. The Cards went ahead 3-1 in the second with Ketteler and Kylie Finnegan cracking singles and scoring and Molt adding another base hit.
Cross County broke through against Card junior Finnegan in the fourth. The Cougars used three singles, a batter hit by pitch, a BC error and a key triple by Waller to plate four runs and lead 6-3.
Stuhlmiller doubled and scored for Boone Central in the fifth, but Cross County added two more runs in the inning and shut down the Cards in the final two frames to secure the ‘W’.

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