The Booneville softball girls opened their season last week and, while the bats were active against Atkins in the season opener, the Lady Red Devils took advantage of walks, a couple of errors and some timely hitting to send the LadyCats away with a loss.
Booneville took out their frustrations on Danville in a rescheduled game last Friday. After a slow start, the LadyCats batted around in three straight innings and came away with a 22-8 win. Four players had three or more hits for Booneville.
Booneville will be a part of the Clarksville tournament his coming weekend, giving them a chance to improve further.
Atkins 14 LadyCats 4
Booneville had a two-out chance in the top of the first when Shelby Posey ripped a triple into the left field corner, but a groundout left her stranded. Booneville pitcher Brooklyn Zarlingo struggled with her control in the bottom half, resulting in four Atkins runs on only one hit, with a Booneville error thrown in. The Lady Devils added another run in the third on a single, a walk and three wild pitches.
The LadyCats got on the board in the top of the fourth as Beth Wilkinson reached on a ball that went through the third baseman’s legs for a three-base error. Two outs later, Hannah Gregory picked up the RBI on an infield hit, but the sophomore was thrown out trying to steal second. AHS scored single runs in the fourth and fifth as Booneville averted disaster when Bailey Denton ran down a line drive and doubled a runner off second in the fourth.
Booneville would bat around in the top of the sixth as Wilkinson, with one out, singled and stole second, from where Posey singled her home. The ball also got away from the left fielder enabling Posey to reach third and Denton sent another hit to left field for the RBI. Gregory then beat out a bunt and Carli Haller got the third RBI of the inning on an infield single, making it 7-4. A walk to Jessica Parrish loaded the bases with two outs, but a Taylin Draper grounder was snagged on a diving stop by the first baseman who beat the BHS left fielder to the bag.
However, Zarlingo’s control then let her down in the bottom of the inning as she issued four walks, the last of which drove in a run after a single and a sacrifice fly had scored three others. Haller came in to relieve and got the second out, but a dropped fly ball resulted in three runs scoring, ending the game.
Posey and Gregory each had two hits with both of them driving in a run, while Denton and Gregory also getting RBIs. But 11 walks were issued to Atkins and most of them came home to roost.
LadyCats 22 Danville 8
The Lady Little Johns were on the board first as the result of four bases on balls, but Booneville tied it in the top of the second. Bailey Denton was hit by a pitch and stole second, advancing home on two wild pitches. Danville scored two in their half of the inning but the LadyCats then batted around. With one out, Brooklyn Zarlingo singled through the middle, Baylee Moses laid down a bunt that she beat out and an error allowed Zarlingo to score. Shelby Posey then ripped a triple to score Moses and Denton dropped a bunt down to score Posey. She stole second and took third on a throwing error, scoring on Beth Wilkinson’s single. She stole second and after Callie Smith was hit by a pitch, led the sophomore into a double steal. Carli Haller then laid down a squeeze bunt for the last RBI of the inning and a 6-3 BHS lead.
Booneville then sent 15 batters to the plate in the top of the fourth, with 11 scoring. Posey had another triple after Moses had led the inning off with a single and a steal of second. Another Denton bunt meant a run and after Wilkinson beat out yet another bunt, Smith doubled down the left-field line for two more RBIs. Later, Zarlingo, Moses, Posey and Wilkinson all had RBI singles, with another run scoring on an error and one more on a fielder’s choice.
After Danville scored twice in the fourth, Booneville left no doubt in the fifth. Haley Gray coaxed a walk from the Danville pitcher, then Caiden Haller reached on an error that allowed Gray to score all the way from first. Zarlingo followed with a single and after Moses walked, an error allowed Belle McLemore, running for Caiden Haller, to score. Wilkinson’s fourth hit of the game was worth two more runs to make it 22-5.
Wilkinson was 4-for-5, driving in four runs, scoring three and stealing two bases. Zarlingo, Moses and Posey each had three hits with Posey scoring four times and driving in three. Denton also crossed the plate four times as the LadyCats hammered out 16 hits and stole nine bases.