Cougar offense sinks Boone Central

Boone Central catcher Bridget Krings cannot handle the throw and Cougar Amber Scherer scores after reaching on a single in the third frame. Scherer picked up the win as she scattered seven hits and allowed four earned runs in the Cougars' 12-4 win Thursday night at Cross County High School.


STROMSBURG - The first game of the Cross County triangular with Boone Central and Schuyler was held up for a few minutes due to a sink hole in centerfield.

Following some crafty ground work it was the Cross County/High Plains offense that sunk the Boone Central Cardinals 12-4 in five innings.

The Cougars also had a second game scheduled with Schuyler, however results were too late to post by press time.

It was business as usual for the Cougars as they fell behind 3-0 in the top of the first.

Boone Central had back-to-back triples from Miranda Ketteler and Niki Mewhirter and a sacrifice ground out by Emily Povencher that would account for all the Cardinals scoring in the game.

After the Cougars picked up a single run in the first on an RBI single from Destiny Williams, the hosts went to work in the second and opened a comfortable lead. The Boone Central defense didn't do much to help their starting pitcher Kylie Finnegan as the BC “D” was charted with seven errors that led to four unearned runs in the second inning and six in the game.

The big blow in the Cougar second was a bases clearing triple by Jenny Wright that pushed the lead to 10-3. In the same frame, Amber Scherer doubled, Emily Larson singled, Brooke Kleinschmit added another single, Williams pushed her hit total to two in the game with another safety and Kendyl Beck capped the six-hit parade with a single.

CC/HP added three in the third with Larson scoring the RBI and two runs unearned.

In the fourth Wright got her second triple of the night and scored on an RBI ground out from Beck and in the fifth, Larson tripled and scored on a throwing error to end the game.

After surrendering three runs in the first, Scherer only allowed five hits, seven total, struck out three and walked just one.

Offensively, the Cougars' 13-hit attack was led by Larson who was 3-4, four runs scored and one RBI. Williams was 2-3 with a run scored and one RBI, Wright 2-3, one run scored, three runs batted in and Scherer was 2-3 with two runs scored and one run batted in.

The Cougars will be in action this weekend as they travel to northeast Nebraska to compete in the Guardian Angels Central Catholic Tournament in West Point.

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