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Boschert relishes opportunity, helps Missouri team beat Illinois in Senior All-Star game

Francis Howell product and McKendree University recruit Whitney Boschert stands in at the plate during the USA Softball of St. Louis Senior All-Star game on Monday, July 16, 2018 at St. Louis University. [Vicki Boschert photo]

Last Monday [July 16], the softball gods smiled upon Whitney Boschert and left her with the perfect end to a productive and enjoyable summer of playing.

Boschert, a recent Francis Howell graduate and McKendree University recruit helped the Missouri team defeat the Illinois team 9-1 in the USA Softball of St. Louis Senior All-Star game played at St. Louis University.

It was the second straight season for Boschert to be selected for the game and she was much happier about this go round. She was unable to play last year due to a hamstring injury that forced her to sit out the game.

“I got nominated last year and I actually tore my hamstring two days before the game, so I got to go to the game and experience but I never got to play,” Boschert said. “So, this year is a really cool deal being able to play and play with all the girls you are rivals with so it was a really cool experience.”

In the field, Boschert, a standout pitcher, did her thing in the circle as she tossed back to back scoreless innings against the Illinois squad.

Boschert said since her rifle pitch was not quite on point, she mixed in a few different breaking pitches to keep hitters off-balance.

“My rifle wasn’t working, so we were trying to move them [pitches] outside with curveballs and trying to throw them some changeups,” Boschert said. “They did get a couple of hits but I was just trying to keep them off balance and see if I could get them [out] on the outside.”

Boschert, who helped the Vikings advance to the state tournament last fall, also came through big on the night with her bat.

She triggered a six-run explosion for the Missouri team with a bases-loaded, two-run single in the fourth inning.

“The girl before me got a new pitcher and I figured I would see what kind of pitches she was throwing,” Boschert said. “She was throwing a lot of strikes, so I figured I would go up there swinging and bases were loaded so she threw me a ball middle in and it wasn’t the greatest hit but it was enough to get over the infielders and to the outfield.”

“It was nice to put up some runs for my team.”

All in all, it was a special night for Boschert and the perfect way to cap off her summer before she heads to McKendree to continue her academic and softball career there.

“It’s such a surreal experience that it’s pretty hard to put into words,” Boschert said. “You’re not playing with anyone you have ever played with before and to have it all kind of come together and be able to play with them and represent Missouri and St. Louis is pretty cool and honestly something I’ll never forget.”

Boschert’s summer club teammate from the Missouri Fury, Holt graduate Bailey Zemianek, also played in the game as well.





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