Lady Pioneers dominate Southern Slam

Sophomore Ariel Thomasson steps into a pitch during the Southern Slam matchup against Vincennes Lincoln.

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The Boonville Lady Pioneers are Southern Slam champs. The Lady Pioneers was able to open the season on a high note winning the tournament they host. It was the first time they've won the Southern Slam since 2017.

The Lady Pioneers would defeat Daviess County in the first game on April 5 then defeat Vincennes Lincoln on the morning of April 6. They would win the tournament later that afternoon by defeating the Evansville Memorial Tigers by the score of 4-2.

It was a revenge game of sorts for Boonville as Memorial defeated Boonville in last year's sectionals.

The Lady Pioneers would score two run in first to take the early lead. They would add to their lead in the sixth on an RBI single by Randi Jo Pryor then score their fourth run in the sixth on a double hit by Audra Purdy.

On the mound, the Lady Pioneers Ariel Thomasson showed why she's the Lady Pioneers pitching ace. Only a sophomore, Thomasson would only allow four hits and struck out six batters.

"I thought I pitched good," Thomasson said. "It wasn't my best but I always try my hardest to help my team and when they need me so I try to step up when they do."

Her coach, Alexandria Baumgart, had nothing but praise for Thomasson.

"She pitched overall as good as I expected," Baumgart said. "It's such a strong tournament to make your debut on the mound as a sophomore. She kept the ball low and has really developed a change up which is super effective. She was really hitting her spots."

Memorial's only two runs of the game came in the unconventional way. In the bottom of the sixth with two outs, Thomasson struck the hitter out but a dropped third strike meant the batter could run. The ball was overthrown at first base which caused two runs to score.

"I got a little nervous," Thomasson said of the two runs scored that scored. "But I had faith in my team and knew that we would get through it."

The Lady Pioneers, who are now 3-0 to start the season, made a positive impression on their coach.

"A lot of people have asked me how this season is going to go and I tell them I'll know a lot more after the Southern Slam. For me the high espectations I had for my team were confirmed. I know how well they could play.I learned they do play together as a team. They attacked together and they made timely hitting," Baumgart said.

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