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Lady 'Blazers roll against Lady Indians

Jeff Birchfield • Apr 15, 2019 at 9:58 PM

There was nothing unlucky about the number 13 for the Daniel Boone softball team Monday evening.

With the school located off exit 13, Lady ’Blazers had 13 hits to run their winning streak to 13 games in a 10-1 home victory over Dobyns-Bennett.

Megan Ackerman led the way, going 2 for 2 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Nickolette Ferguson added a dominant performance in the circle, striking out nine and giving up four hits and no walks.

“I thought our girls battled hard and Nickolette is throwing as hard as ever the last couple of times out,” Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said after his team improved to 35-5 overall and 5-1 in the Big Seven Conference. “Her velocity was good and she had nine strikeouts.

“Top to bottom, we had some really good at-bats. Megan has been good for us. Briley (Mesusan) came out for us a little today in the lead-off and Dannah (Persinger) had a couple of hits including a triple in the nine-hole spot.”

Mesusan finished 2 for 4, Ferguson was 2 for 3 and Persinger was 2 for 2 including a RBI triple in the fourth inning.

While a big day individually, Ferguson was proud of her team’s all-around effort.

“The pitching is a big part of it, but if you don’t have the defense behind you, you’re not going to do well,” Ferguson said. “They fielded the well today and we found a way to hit the ball. Having the bats is such a good thing. I feel like we’ve come together as a team from the beginning of the year.”

Emma Robinette ended with two RBIs, while Jaycie Jenkins with a bases-loaded walk and Camryn Sarvis also had RBIs.

Morgan Riffle suffered the loss for the Lady Indians (17-12, 3-5). She had five strikeouts over three innings. Kassidy Miller pitched three innings in relief.

Makaila Collier had a RBI single to drive in Evee Batisto for the Lady Indians’ lone run. The majority of damage was done in the second and fourth innings when Boone scored four runs in each.

“We’ve got to hit the ball better,” Dobyns-Bennett coach Andy Hubbard said. “We haven’t hit the ball the last two games. It’s tough when you face good pitching, but we had a couple of bad innings and it didn’t help against a good team.”

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