BOONVILLE, Mo. — Sophomore pitcher Taylor Kettle's six strikeouts and two runs batted in helped lead the Fulton Lady Hornets to a narrow North Central Missouri Conference victory over the Boonville Lady Pirates Monday night.
Kettle went the distance for the win, allowing three earned runs while scattering six hits. She finished 2-for-3 at the plate to complete her balanced effort.
"Kettle threw a great game. She made outs herself when we needed, and as a team we played solid defense behind her," Fulton head coach Laura Dooley-Wilder said. "The team is doing a great job of coming back and continuing to score runs throughout the game."
Boonville took an early 1-0 advantage in the second inning, before Fulton (6-2, 5-1 NCMC) tied the game with a run in the fourth and then took a 5-1 lead with two runs apiece in the fifth and sixth.
The Lady Pirates attempted to rally with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Lady Hornets were able to secure the win.
Freshman left fielder Rylee Hagens went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored as Fulton finished with eight hits. Junior right fielder Mattie Arnold was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
The Lady Hornets crushed Boonville 13-3 in the junior varsity game.
Fulton returns home for an NCMC matchup against Marshall at 5 p.m. Thursday at the high school athletic complex.