After three tries were canceled due to weather or a scheduling conflict, the Booneville softball team finally had their home opener last Tuesday when they played Paris. But it was the Lady Eagles who had their bats going early and often, scoring five runs in the first inning and three more in the second on the way to a 12-3 win.
The LadyCats then headed to Charleston and the Lady Tigers scored five in the first two innings, then held on for a 6-3 win.
However, Shelby Posey appears to have broken out of a mini-slump. The sophomore knocked in three of the six runs scored by the LadyCats last week and has raised her average to .357.
The Magazine tournament that Booneville was to have participated in last weekend was postponed due to rain and cold, and was rescheduled for April 21.
The LadyCats play at home tomorrow against Cedarville before making up a postponed game at Waldron next Monday.
Paris 12 LadyCats 3
Booneville pitcher Brooklyn Zarlingo issued two walks to start the game and the Lady Eagles’ Jadyn Hart promptly drove those runners in with a double. Sydney Ward followed with a single to drive her home and two more runs eventually crossed the plate.
The LadyCats got one back in the bottom of the inning when a first-pitch swinging Shelby Posey drilled a Hart offering into the right-center field gap to score Baylee Moses, who had walked. Paris immediately responded, though, as Hart started the second inning with a shot over the center-field fence. Later, Hannah Brewton picked up two RBIs with a single and Paris led 8-1. They added another in the third, again driven in by Hart with a single to score Lexy Lee, but after the freshman stole a base, Posey snagged a Ward line drive and threw to Jessica Parrish to double Hart off.
Booneville picked up a run in the fourth when Beth Wilkinson singled and stole second. The throw through went into the outfield and the speedy Wilkinson was able to score. Booneville got two more runners on as Callie Smith singled and Hannah Gregory drew a walk, but nothing more came of it. Paris got that run right back as Hart once again collected the RBI with a sacrifice fly to score Morgan Johnson.
Another run came Booneville’s way in the sixth as Bailey Denton was hit by a pitch to lead off the sixth. She stole second and again the Paris catcher threw it wildly, allowing Denton to take third and score on a Smith grounder, on which she reached on a wild throw. But with two out in the Paris seventh, Lexy Lee walked and Hart completed a seven-RBI day with her second homer of the game and ninth of the season.
Posey finished 2-for-3 with an RBI but there were only three other Booneville hits, one of which was freshman Caiden Haller’s first career single. Meanwhile Paris collected 11 hits, four of which came from Hart.
Charleston 6 LadyCats 3
With two out in the first, Shelby Posey reached on a three-base error when Charleston’s outfield misplayed a fly ball, but she was stranded and the Lady Tigers took the lead with Sierra Montgomery picking up the first RBI and Lacey McKenzie following with a two-RBI single. Brooklyn Zarlingo got the first two outs in the second but Baylee King then singled and a pop-up off the bat of Stormy French was dropped, which led to Montgomery’s two-RBI double and a 5-0 Charleston lead after two.
The LadyCats got those runs back in the third, as Haley Gray led off with a check-swing tapper on which the Charleston catcher impeded her progress and Gray was awarded first base. Zarlingo followed with a walk; one out later, Beth Wilkinson hit a blooper between the pitcher and first baseman and reached, but Zarlingo was called out for interfering with the second baseman. Wilkinson took second on catcher’s indifference and then Posey drove both runners home with a single; however, she was thrown out at second to end the inning.
Charleston bumped the lead to 6-2 when Montgomery singled, stole second and scored on a McKenzie hit. Booneville responded in the sixth as Wilkinson reached second when the Charleston shortstop let her grounder get through. Posey followed with an infield hit and Bailey Denton collected the RBI with a groundout. Zarlingo then held Charleston scoreless in the bottom of the inning, leaving the bases loaded, but the LadyCats could not get any offense going in the seventh.
Posey got the only two Booneville hits off McKenzie, but the LadyCats stayed within striking distance thanks to solid defense over the last four innings after a shaky start. Zarlingo had her control working for her and induced the Lady Tigers into 11 ground-ball outs.