Listen closely. That just might be the Cardinal softball team building up steam that you hear.
Boone Central won a pair of mid-week games this past week, then rattled off victories in all three of its matchups in Saturday’s Boone Central Invitational at the Albion Sports Complex.
Boone hosted Schuyler Monday, Aug. 24, and pasted the Warriors 17-1 in three innings. Mazie Beister (2.1 innings) and Miranda McGill (1) held Schuyler to just one hit and the single run. A trip to North Bend Thursday did not slow Boone Central, as the Cardinals defeated North Bend Central 9-1. The Cards carved out a 4-1 lead with two in both the second and third innings, then emphatically secured the victory with a five-run seventh sparked by a multi-player base hit cycle (Ava Duerksen 1B, Beister 2B, Sullivan (3B). Beister pitched a strong seven innings for the win, allowing one run on three hits and striking out seven batters. Centura secured a second out in the inning before the decisive blow of the game – a solo walk-off home run blast by Sullivan – delighted Cardinal coaches, players and fans.
Pierce thumped Boone Central 11-1 Aug. 26. The Cardinals decisively flipped the script Saturday, walloping the Bluejays 16-6 in four innings.
Buoyed by the exciting comeback win earlier, Boone had a terrific start, scoring 13 runs in the first two innings. Pierce also tallied six times in the first, trailing just 7-6 at that point, but did not generate another run against Card pitcher McGill.
Boone Central capped off a terrific day with a robust 14-5 four-inning victory over Polk County Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 2-0, the Cardinals tallied four times in the top of the third inning, then, after the Slammers tied the score in the bottom of the frame, used a 10-run outburst in the fourth to break the contest open.
Simons and Sullivan bopped back-to-back home runs in the third, and Simons added a second in the big fourth. Buhlmann and Young both doubled in the fourth and Langan had a triple.
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