Often times varsity softball teams will schedule non-league games between its conference tournament and the start of districts to stay sharp and fine tune its efforts.
That's why Boonville traveled for one last regular-season contest at Centralia on Monday and lost 8-1.
"Our defense played really well and was solid," said coach Jill Angell. "We hit in the holes, but I didn't feel like we strung hits together like we are capable of and like we should have. We left several runners on base."
Tossing a five-hit, 10 strikeout masterpiece with no walks for Centralia was Gwendolyn Bostick. Compare that performance to the Lady Pirates Logan Root, who got pinned with the decision after giving up 10 hits, three walks and hit one batter with six strikeouts, and the disparity between these two teams becomes slightly more evident.
Backing up all that output by posting two doubles and a single in three at-bats was Katelyn Rakers, Bostick and Green combined to go 4-for-7 and adding a hit each were Carter Simkins, Kellyn Vega and Courtney Luedloff. The flip side of this game was highlighted for Boonville by Camryn Monteer, who singled and stole second prior to coming home on a hit by Kyla Johnson, and posting a hit a piece were Jamie Lemmons, Hailey Polk and Kerigan Samer.
Centralia, 19-6 overall, is the host of Class 2, District 8, and begins the postseason on Thursday against the winner of Hallsville and Montgomery County.