Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Softball: Boyet Provides All-Around Spark for Cor Jesu

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Softball: Boyet Provides All-Around Spark for Cor Jesu

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Cor Jesu sophomore Julia Boyet has done a lot to lock down third base for her team, but her official roster designation is listed as utility.

There's good reason for that.

As the Chargers (16-14) prepare for a Class 4 sectional at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at Seckman (15-10), they know they have a secret weapon in Boyet.

Between high school and club softball, Boyet has played every position on the field except pitcher and she'd be ready to do any of it if called upon.

"It's good to have that experience, to be able to play every position because you never know what the situation could call for," Boyet said. "It helps to be an all-around athlete so you can do whatever you can to help the team."

Boyet is hitting a team-best .553 with a .942 slugging percentage, 13 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 34 RBI for the Chargers, who are coached by Ashleigh King.

Her seven home runs are a single-season school record.

"She's just seeing the ball really well and doing whatever we need," King said. "She's driving in runs. Whenever we have a key situation, she's been there and she's been successful. It's also great that she really has locked down third base for us. I know she can play any number of positions, if need be, but she's really doing well there and has been important to our success."

While Boyet has been successful, she said she feels every player for the Chargers has been feeding off the success of one another.

Since a Sept. 20 loss at Incarnate Word dropped the Chargers to 5-12, they have won 11 of 13 games to reach the sectional round for the second consecutive season.

Most recently, Boyet provided the game-winning RBI in Cor Jesu's district title win over Webster Groves. She was one of five different players who drove in runs in the victory.

"It's so great to see everybody improving, putting their best effort forward, it's really encouraging and I'm really proud of everybody," Boyet said. "I'm very competitive and I want to win. To see us continue to work together and to keep the season going, especially since Cor Jesu (historically) hasn't done well in the postseason, would be really awesome."

The winner of Wednesday's game advances to play Marquette or Washington Saturday with a trip to the Class 4 state semifinals next week in Springfield on the line. …

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