"We just couldn't get the offense going," South Putnam coach Evonne Canary. "We hit it right to them. We hit it hard and you can't ask for anything more than that. You can't win if you don't score."
South struggled from the early, as they went three up and three down in the first three innings.
South Vermillion scored two runs on five hits in the first two innings of play. Sondra Blake and Becky Meyers scored on a Brittany Evans double in the first inning to put the Wildcats on the board.
South's two hits came from their departing seniors. South Putnam's first hit came in the fourth inning when Hannah Ames connected on a shot to left center field. Fellow senior Megan Robinson recorded South's only other hit in the sixth inning. Canary addressed the impact that the seniors had on her team.
"They were awesome leaders," Canary said. "They are well respected."
South's defensive gem occurred in the second inning when Boetjer closed on a ground ball and was slammed by base runner South Vermillion's Blake, Boetjer fired a shot to first to nail the batter and the side field umpire called the base runner out due to interference.
The Wildcats added two more runs in the fourth inning when Blake hit a shot over Robinson in center field and scored Cassey Summersville and Kelsi Cheesewright.
Freshman Samantha Tomasino started the game and went four and two-thirds innings before Boetjer came in. Tomasino recorded three strikeouts and allowed seven hits.
"She's done a great job," Canary commented. "Had a little bit of a tough night tonight but for a freshman coming in and she did a great job."
Boetjer struck out the first five batter she faced and held the Wildcats without a hit for the remainder of the game. She logged seven strikeouts and no hits.
South's hopes of continuing their season came down to the final inning. The Eagles had the meat of their line up coming to the plate, but watched as South Vermillion retired Megan Canary, Boetjer and Morgan Wiggs.
Although the season came to a premature end, Canary thought her team played tough and with a young team the future looks bright.
"They played as well as we wanted except for the offense," Canary said.
IHSAA No. 45 Sectional
South Putnam 000 000 0 -- 0 2 3
S. Vermillion 200 200 x -- 4 7 1
WP -- Fuqua
LP -- Tomasino
2B -- Evans (SV)
3B -- Blake (SV)
South Putnam ended the season with a 14-7 record.