Focused Booneville Lady Devils avenge division loss

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

KOSSUTH – The only blemish on Booneville’s Division 1-3A record came at the hands of Kossuth. Booneville made up for it Thursday night at Kossuth with a 5-1 win.
The win gave the Lady Devils (11-7-2, 5-1) a grip on the division with two to play. Kossuth has one division game remaining.
Despite being no-hit, Kossuth beat Booneville 2-0 in eight innings last month.
Tied at 1 in the sixth inning on Thursday, Booneville made its move. Bre Agnew singled and scored on Emily Horn’s triple to make it 2-1 before Karah Stephenson’s bunt sacrifice plated Horn for a 3-1 lead.
Booneville added insurance in the seventh. Courtney Deaton and Chloe Eubank singled and scored on Karah Stepenson’s base-loaded single.
Madison Davis improved to 7-2 after allowing only four hits.
“The kids came in here focused and ready to do a job,” Booneville coach Lee Boyette said. “Madison did a heck of a job pitching. She had a little rough start but settled in and had a defense behind her.”
Davis walked two in the first inning but only one the rest of the way in a complete game.
Kossuth took a 1-0 lead in the second. Jordan Dickson reached on a grounder that Stephenson threw over the head of first baseman Paige Burse. The throw gave her second base before scoring on McKinley Ragan’s two-out single.
‘the way it goes’
“We didn’t hit the ball. We didn’t deserve to win today,” Kossuth coach Steve Lyles said. “They hit it, made plays and that’s just the way it goes. The sun is going to come up in the morning.”
Booneville tied it in the the fifth on Deaton’s RBI single.
Carly Mills (7-5) took the loss for Kossuth (15-9, 6-1). Deaton and Chloe Eubank each had three of Booneville’s 12 hits.
“It was relieving. This is an important win,” said Deaton.

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