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Stars storm back for crucial conference win

Apr. 25—DOVER — After an inning on Thursday evening, it looked like the Western Boone softball team's hopes for a conference title were in serious trouble.

Tied in the loss column with No. 4 Tri-West, Western Boone knew that they pretty much had to win all their remaining conference games if they wanted a share of their first conference title since 2007.

But against Danville on Thursday, the Stars committed four errors in the opening inning and found themselves down 7-0. But this Star group has the grit and determination needed to be successful and stormed back to win 15-10 against the Warriors.

The rally started in the second inning.

The Stars loaded the bases with one out, and got on the board when Dottie Wilson was hit by a pitch.

Kirstin McCormick followed with a 2-run double before Emma Shirley matched that double and the Stars were within 7-5. Shirley scored on a Gabby Lewis single to bring the team within one.

After Danville went up 8-6 in the bottom of the inning, then pushed the lead to 10-6 in the fifth.

The Stars came back in the sixth, getting within 10-7 on a Mickey Burns single, and 10-8 when Ally Lewis reached on a fielders' choice.

Kenzlei Mathews then came up with a clutch 2-run double to tie the game.

After WeBo held them in the bottom of the sixth, they went back to work in the top of the inning.

With two on and two out, Burns hit a 2-run single to make it 12-10.

After a Mickayla Naanos hit kept the inning alive, and error allowed another run to score. After a walk loaded the bases, Wilson hit a 2-run single to cap the scoring.

Ally Lewis was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI.

Shirley, Gabby Lewis, Burns, Naanos and McCormick all had two hits. Every Star scored a run in the game, with Gabby Lewis, Morganne GRant, Burns and Naanos scoring twice.

Western Boone travels to Speedway Friday, then hosts Clinton Prairie Monday.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.