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April 7, 2014
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Polson wins twice in trip to Bitterroot

•  By The Missoulian

HAMILTON– Polson made a successful foray into theBitterrootValleyon Saturday afternoon.

The Pirates took a pair of nonconference softball wins, downingHamilton8-3 andCorvallis25-0.

Hamiltonjumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning against the Pirates, last season’s state runners-up from the Northwestern A. But Polson responded with all eight of its runs over the final four innings to take the win.

Jessica Bagnell held the Broncs to five hits to pick up the win. She walked five and struck out 11.

Bagnell and Kaelen Wall drove home two apiece for the Pirates and Hannah Potter smacked a solo homer.

Shaylan Mohn drove in a pair of runs for the Broncs.

AgainstCorvallis, Bagnell tossed the compete game in five innings after things were cut short via the 10-run margin rule. Lydia Dupuis batted 3 for 3 in the game.

Corvallismanaged two hits off Bagnell, one each from Kira Doyle and Taylor Gagnon.

Polson 8, Hamilton 3

Polson 000 124 1 – 8 11 0

Hamilton200 001 0 – 3 5 3

Jessica Bagnell and Jaylin Kenney. Brie Clifford and Katie Wickham. W – Bagnell. L – Clifford.

POLSON – Kenney 2-4, Jaiden Toth 1-3, Bagnell 1-4, Kaelen Wall 1-4, Hannah Potter 1-4, Kyrie Bitterman 0-3, Skyla Krantz 2-3, Sarah Rausch 1-3, Lydia Dupuis 2-4.

HAMILTON – McKayl Rothie 1-3, Clifford 2-4, Taylor Goligoski 1-3, Tayler Reynolds 0-3, Lauren Dolcater 0-3, Shaylan Mohn 1-2, Wickham 0-1, Sydney Bergren 0-3, Kloie Nye 0-3, Lacey Dolcater 0-0.

2B – Clifford. 3B – Wall. HR – Potter. RBIs – Toth, Bagnell 2, Wall 2, Potter, Rausch, Mohn 2, Wickham.

Polson 25,Corvallis0

Polson 265 0(12) – 25 16 0

Corvallis000 00 – 0 2 10

Jessica Bagnell and Jaylin Kenney. Taylor Gagnon, Sabrina Friday (4) and Brenna Bourgeois. W – Bagnell. L – Gagnon.

POLSON – Kenney 2-6, Jaiden Toth 2-5, Bagnell 2-5, Kaelen Wall 1-4, Hannah Potter 1-5, Kyrie Bitterman 2-4, Skyla Krantz 2-3, Sarah Rausch 1-4, Lydia Dupuis 3-3.

CORVALLIS – Kira Doyle 1-2, Taia Tully 0-2, Friday 0-2, Gagnon 1-2, Bourgeois 0-2, Taylor Koskela 0-2, Hannah Brown 0-1, Bobbie Stephen 0-2, Nicole Turner 0-2.

Libby 10, Timberlake 0

At Libby, Devon Gallagher’s grand slam home run in the first inning set the tone as the Loggers routedTimberlake,Idaho, to open play at the Libby Invitational.

Gallagher finished 1 for 3 with four RBIs.

Hannah England picked up the complete-game shutout, limiting Timberlake to four hits.

Kelsey Klein helped the Loggers’ lead grow to 9-0 with her two-RBI triple in the third frame. She went 1 for 2.

Timberlake 000 00 – 0 4 0

Libby 432 1x – 10 9 0

Shelby Salois and Jamie Lickfold, Hannah England andDevonGallagher. W –England. L – Salois.

TIMBERLAKE – Justine Kalyr 1-3, Shelby Salois 1-2, Olyvia Owen 0-1, Kaite Malloy 0-3, Matiaca Rocheleau 0-3, Jamie Lickfold 0-2, Jaquelyn Mallet 0-1, Ashley Carharr 1-2, Hannah McGrath 1-2.

LIBBY – Hannah England 1-2, Mahalah Wedel 2-3, Kelsey Klien 1-2, Devon Gallagher 1-3, Auria Benefield 1-1, DaylnGermany1-3, Abbe Ennenga 0-0, Rachel Rebo 0-3, Staci Regh 2-2, Brooke Rosling 0-2.

2B – McGrath, Benefield. 3B – Klien. HR – Gallagher. RBIs – Klien 2, Gallagher 4, Regh 1.

Libby 13, Sandpoint 2

At Libby, the Loggers came away with their second victory in as many games at their own invitational, this time againstSandpoint,Idaho.

Libby held a 4-1 lead after the first inning, which was enough to giveEnglandher second winning decision of the day.

Englandand Saci Regh combined to allow a mere two hits to Sandpoint.

Devon Gallagher led the Loggers, finishing with three RBIs on a pair of hits. Regh chipped in a pair of RBIs as well.

Sandpoint 101 00 – 2 2 1

Libby 442 3x – 13 9 1

L. Calvert and B. Bjchmiller. Hannah England, Staci Regh (2) andDevonGallagher. W –England. L – Calvert.

SANDPOINT – B. Bjchmiller 0-3, L. Calvert 0-3, M. Boluwer 0-2, T. Elsfelder 0-1, L. Martin 2-2, A. Calvert 0-2, M. Sundquist 0-2, C. Olesen 0-0, N. Bradley 0-1, M. Crabr 0-2.

LIBBY – Hannah England 1-3, Abbey Ennenga 1-1, Mahalah Wedel 2-2, Kelsey Klien 1-1, Devon Gallagher 2-3, Auria Benefield0-2, DaylnGermany1-2, Rachel Rebo 0-2, Staci Regh 1-2, Brooke Rosling 0-2, Baile Rosling 0-0.

2B – Martin, Gallagher, Ennenga. RBIs – Gallagher 3, Martin 2, Regh 2, Wedel, Klien,Benefield,Germany.

Frenchtown 17, Timberlake, Idaho, 0

At Libby, Morgan Ray put together her second no-hitter of the season in Frenchtown’s drubbing ofTimberlake,Idaho.

Ray had 10 strikeouts against just one walk from the mound while adding a pair of RBIs on two hits.

Leading 3-0, the Broncs (3-0) put together a 13-run second inning powered by Keegan Wickman’s grand slam homer and Laci Willett’s three-run double.

Wickman finished 2 for 3 and Willett went 1 for 3.

In all, Frenchtown tallied 17 runs on 16 hits while playing error-free ball.

Timberlake 000 00 – 0 0 5

Frenchtown 3(13)1 1x – 17 16 0

Britany Hibdon and Jamie Lickfold. Morgan Ray and Brooke Yarnell. W – Ray. L – Hibdon.

TIMBERLAKE – Jushna Kalar 0-2, Shelby Salois 0-2, Olivia Owen 0-1, Katie Malloy 0-2, Matraca Rocheleau 0-2, Jamie Lickfold 0-2, Jacquelyn Mallet 0-2, Ashley Carhart 0-1, Hannah McGrath 0-1.

FRENCHTOWN – Kayla Blood 1-2, Josie Anderson 1-3, Morgan Ray 2-2, Shelby Shourds 1-1, Vanessa Stavish 2-4, Keegan Wickman 2-3, Krista Hebnes 2-3, Brooke yarnell 2-4, Laci Willett 1-3, Allie Moe 1-1, Emma Pyron 1-4.

2B – Willett. HR – Wickman. RBIs – Wickman 4, Willett 3, Hebnes 2, Ray 2, Anderson, Stavish.

Frenchtown 19, Sandpoint, Idaho, 1

At Libby, Laci Willett tallied eight strikeouts and pitched a two-hitter to lead Frenchtown to the decisive win overSandpoint,Idaho.

Willett also went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, both coming on a triple in the second frame.

Sandpoint trailed 9-0 before finding the scoreboard, but the Broncs responded with 10 runs in the fourth and final inning.

Krista Hebness (3 for 4) and Vanessa Stavish (2 for 4) each knocked in three runs for Frenchtown.

Frenchtown 270 (10) – 19 17 1

Sandpoint 001 0 – 1 2 2

Laci Willett and Haley Cyr. Lucinda Calvert and Brianna Buchmiller. W – Willett. L – L. Calvert.

FRENCHTOWN – Kayla Blood 1-1, Shelby Shourds 1-1, Josie Anderson 2-3, Morgan Ray 1-2, Vanessa Stavish 2-4, Keegan Wickman 1-2, Krista Hebnes 3-4, Haley Cyr 1-3, Laci Willet 2-4, Gabby Martello 2-2, Brooke Yarnell 0-1, Alli Moe 0-1, Emma Pyron 1-1.

SANDPOINT – Buchmiller 1-1, L. Calvert 0-2, Morgan Bluemer 1-2, Topi Elsfelder 0-2, Lilly Martin 0-2, Allison Calvert 0-2, McKayla Sundquist 0-1, Carsen Oleson 0-0, McKenzie Crabb 0-1.

2B – Shourds, Ray, Stavish, Wickman, Cyr, Willett 2. 3B – Hebnes. RBIs – Blood, Shourds, Anderson, Ray, Moe, Wickman, Cyr, Stavish 3, Hebnes 3, Willett 2.

Dillon 14, Corvallis 13

AtCorvallis, an eight-run bottom of the seventh inning broughtCorvalliswithin a run before the Blue Devils’ comeback withered away.

Taia Tully and Nicole Turner turned in matching 3 for 4 outings at the plate forCorvallisand Kira Doyle had another pair of base knocks. The Blue Devils trailed 14-4 by the mid-point of the sixth inning.

Dillon, playing in its first varsity campaign after two years of JV, saw Lauran Holtan and Bailey Berrichoa each collect three hits in the win.

Dillon 510 332 0 – 14 16 0

Corvallis030 011 8 – 13 13 6

N/A.TaylorGagnon and Brenna Bourgeois. W – N/A. L – Gagnon.

DILLON – Brandie Lovaas 1-5, Audrey Schurg 1-5, Lauran Holtan 3-5, Bailey Berrichoa 3-5, Kimee Hritsco-Murray 2-5, Rachel Bowe 2-5, Addie Chipman-Hansen 1-3, Makenzie Stanchfield 2-4, Shaylee Ericksen 1-3

CORVALLIS – Kira Doyle 2-3, Taia Tully 3-4, Sabrina Friday 1-3, Gagnon 2-4, Bourgeois 0-3, Taylor Koskela 0-0, Kenley Fields 0-2, Kabrey Powell 1-4, Bobbie Stephen 1-3, Nicole Turner 3-4.


Kayla Blood 1 3 1 1 0 0
Shelby Shourds 1 0 1 1 0 0
Josie Anderson 4 2 3 1 1 1
Morgan Ray 3 1 1 2 1 0
Vanessa Stavish 4 2 2 3 1 0
Keegan Wickman 2 2 1 1 0 0
Krista Hebnes 4 2 3 3 0 1
Haley Cyr 3 2 1 1 1 0
Laci Willet 4 2 2 2 0 0
Gabby Martello 2 3 2 0 0 0
Totals 28 19 17 15 4 2
Batting 2B: Vanessa Stavish, Morgan Ray, Shelby Shourds, Laci Willet 2, Haley Cyr, Keegan Wickman
3B: Krista Hebnes
TB: Josie Anderson 3, Gabby Martello 2, Vanessa Stavish 3, Morgan Ray 2, Shelby Shourds 2, Kayla Blood, Krista Hebnes 5, Laci Willet 4, Haley Cyr 2, Keegan Wickman 2
RBI: Josie Anderson, Vanessa Stavish 3, Morgan Ray 2, Shelby Shourds, Kayla Blood, Krista Hebnes 3, Laci Willet 2, Haley Cyr, Keegan Wickman
SF: Morgan Ray
ROE: Laci Willet, Haley Cyr
FC: Vanessa Stavish, Laci Willet
HBP: Gabby Martello 2, Kayla Blood 3, Keegan Wickman 2
SB: Josie Anderson, Gabby Martello, Morgan Ray, Shelby Shourds, Kayla Blood
Quality At Bats Team Total: 26 (65.00%)

Josie Anderson 3, Gabby Martello 2, Vanessa Stavish 4, Morgan Ray 3, Shelby Shourds, Kayla Blood 2, Krista Hebnes 3, Laci Willet 4, Haley Cyr 3, Keegan Wickman      
Laci Willet 4.0 2 1 0 1 8 0 .649
Totals 4.0 2 1 0 1 8 0 .649
Pitching W: Laci Willet
HBP: Laci Willet
Pitches-Strikes: Laci Willet 74-48
Groundouts-Flyouts: Laci Willet 2-1
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Laci Willet 8-15



Kayla Blood 2 4 1 0 1 0
Josie Anderson 3 2 1 1 1 1
Morgan Ray 2 2 2 2 2 0
Shelby Shourds 1 1 1 0 0 0
Vanessa Stavish 4 2 2 1 0 0
Keegan Wickman 3 2 2 4 0 0
Krista Hebnes 3 1 2 2 0 0
Brooke Yarnall 4 1 2 0 0 0
Laci Willet 3 1 1 3 0 0
Alli Moe 1 0 0 0 0 0
Emerald Pyron 4 1 2 0 0 2
Totals 30 17 16 13 4 3
Batting 2B: Laci Willet
HR: Keegan Wickman
Grand slam: Keegan Wickman
TB: Josie Anderson, Brooke Yarnall 2, Vanessa Stavish 2, Morgan Ray 2, Shelby Shourds, Kayla Blood, Krista Hebnes 2, Emerald Pyron 2, Laci Willet 2, Keegan Wickman 5
RBI: Josie Anderson, Vanessa Stavish, Morgan Ray 2, Krista Hebnes 2, Laci Willet 3, Keegan Wickman 4
ROE: Josie Anderson, Brooke Yarnall, Kayla Blood
FC: Keegan Wickman
HBP: Kayla Blood, Keegan Wickman
SB: Morgan Ray, Kayla Blood 2, Emerald Pyron, Laci Willet
CS: Emerald Pyron
Quality At Bats Team Total: 21 (58.33%)

Josie Anderson 4, Brooke Yarnall 2, Vanessa Stavish 2, Morgan Ray 3, Kayla Blood 2, Krista Hebnes 2, Emerald Pyron, Laci Willet, Keegan Wickman 2
Morgan Ray 5.0 0 0 0 1 10 0 .696
Totals 5.0 0 0 0 1 10 0 .696
Pitching W: Morgan Ray
Pitches-Strikes: Morgan Ray 69-48
Groundouts-Flyouts: Morgan Ray 5-0
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Morgan Ray 9-16


Three home runs power Maroons to win

Butte Central senior Shelby Paffhausen rounds the bases after hitting her first home run since her sophomore season Saturday at Stodden Park. (Bill Foley photos) Butte Central senior Shelby Paffhausen rounds the bases after hitting her first home run since her sophomore season Saturday at Stodden Park. (Bill Foley photos)

For a split second, Shelby Paffhausen wasn’t sure if she hit the ball far enough as she watched it sail toward the center field fence Saturday afternoon.

When the ball cleared Livingston center fielder Jacey Schleicher and found the grass on the other side of the fence, the Butte Central senior glided around the bases with a smile from ear to ear.

“At first I was a little worried, then I saw it go,” Paffhausen said. “It was the best feeling.”

The home run — the first for Paffhausen since her sophomore year — was one of three round trippers hit by the Maroons as BC beat Livingston 9-5 in a non-conference softball game at Field 3 at Stodden Park.

Sophomore Teresa Piazzola and senior Rylee Green also belted home runs for the Maroons, who smacked 12 hits in a break-out performance that came a week after two frustrating games at Polson.

Piazzola also showed flashes of dominance from the pitcher’s circle as she evened her record at 1-1 with a seven-strikeout performance.

Sophomore second baseman Shawnee Hjelt looks on as classmate Teresa Piazzola delivers a pitch.

“It’s nice to have everyone contribute to our offense,” BC coach Kelci Thatcher said. “It’s a credit to the girls. They worked their tails off this entire week just hitting, hitting, hitting and going in with confidence.

“It just goes to show you what hard work and fundamentals can do for you. They came ready to play today.”

Piazzola and Green each had three hits and three RBIs on the day. Freshman Corbyn Holm and sophomore catcher Kate Ossello each smacked two hits.

Piazzola and sophomore second baseman Shawnee Hjelt each doubled in the victory that puts Central at 1-2 as the Maroons gear up for the Southwestern A season.

The double by Piazzola put the Maroons on top for good, scoring Holm in the second inning.

The Maroons put up a three spot in the third to make it 4-0. Moments after Green singled in Ossello, who reached on a walk, Piazzola hit an opposite-field home run to right-center.

Paffhausen’s dinger, which came with one out in the fourth, made the score 5-0.

Piazzola was perfect the first time through the order. Livingston had more success on the second time around.

Hailey Versland singled and Sierra Higgs reached on an error. Both scored on a Vanessa Davaz single that cut the lead to 5-2.

Green answered back in the bottom of the fifth, hitting a 2-run shot to center field. That blast scored Holm, who singled.

Versland added a two-run single in the top of the sixth, scoring Megan Gibson, who walked, and Schleicher, who singled.

Again, the Maroons had an answer when Hjelt doubled and scored on an Ossello single. Ossello scored when Mollie Peoples hit a sharp ground out to short stop for an RBI that made it a 9-4 game.

The Rangers didn’t go quietly in the ninth. Davaz singled and scored on a single by Gibson.

Livingston, though, ended the game with the bases loaded thanks to some flashy defense by the Maroons.

Green, a third base, and Peoples, a freshman at first base, made nice plays for the first two outs. Peoples closed out the game by robbing Cassidy Versland of extra bases by snagging a liner for the third out.

“Our defense came up big when we needed it to,” Thatcher said. “Mollie Peoples had two huge plays. Rylee Green had a nice play at the end. When we needed our defense they showed up.”

Freshman Taylor Wahl also made a nice play, starting a 6-3-2 double play that killed a rally in the fourth inning. She also came within an eyelash of BC’s fourth home run.

Wahl blasted a shot that had enough juice to clear the wall in left field. Gibson, though, crashed into the fence as she reached up made a great catch.

Senior Mikayla Boggs and junior Erin McGeehan also singled for the Maroons, who open conference play Thursday when they play host to Dillon.

Paffhausen said Saturday’s performance will give the Maroons a boost.

“It will give us a lot of confidence for next week going into conference games,” she said.

The senior center fielder said she expects lots of reasons to smile on the softball field in 2014.

“Everyone is so athletic, it’s awesome,” she said. “I have a good feeling about this year.”

Livingston      000  022  1 — 5    8   1
Central           013  122  0 — 9  12   3

Ariel Howieson, Sierra Higgs (2) and Cassidy Versland; Teresa Piazzola and Kate Ossello. W — Piazzola (1-1). L — Howieson.
LIVINGSTON — Megan Gibson 2-3, Jacey Schleicher 2-4, Meadow Ingram 0-3, Cassidy Versland 0-4, Hailey Versland 2-3, Sierra Higgs 0-3, Vanessa Davaz 2-3, Mackenzie Corder 0-3, Emily Cornell 0-3.
BUTTE CENTRAL (1-2) — Shawnee Hjelt 1-4, Kate Ossello 1-2, Erin McGeehan 1-1, Mollie Peoples 0-4, Corbyn Holm 2-3, Rylee Green 3-4, Teresa Piazzola 2-3, Emily St. John 0-0, Taylor Wahl 0-2, Mikayla Boggs 1-3, Shelby Paffhausen 1-3, Courtney Thomas 0-0.
HR — Piazzola, Paffhausen, Green
2B — H. Versland; Hjelt, Piazzola.
RBIs — Davaz 2, H. Versland 2, Gibson; Green 3, Piazzola 3, McGeehan, Paffhausen. Peoples.

Billings Central softball enters win column by beating Miles City

2014-04-05T18:45:00Z Billings Central softball enters win column by beating Miles CityBy MIKE SCHERTING mscherting@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Morgan Smith failed once, failed twice. She came through the third time.

Smith’s two-run triple, which she hit after she couldn’t get a bunt down on two attempts, and Molly Day’s 16-strikeout performance helped Billings Central to a 7-2 Eastern A softball win over Miles City on Saturday afternoon at Stewart Park.

Aubrey Walter, Skylar Rockwell and Addy Daubert also drove in runs for the Rams, but it was Smith’s opposite-field hit to right that scored Allison Walter and Mackenzie Redman that really sent Central on its way. Smith also scored on the play when the throw to third went into the dugout, and the Rams had a 3-1 lead in the second inning after falling behind early.

“That was a key hit,” said Central coach Coleman Rockwell, whose team needed a pick-me-up following Thursday’s loss to perennial Class B/C contender Stillwater. “We got on top, we felt loose, we knew we needed to have it.”

Smith knew she needed to deliver it. She stepped into the batter’s box with runners on the corners and one out when Rockwell called for the bunt. Instead of executing, though, Smith fouled off two attempts, prompting Rockwell to call his junior outfielder over for a little chat along the third-base line.

“He said, ‘You’re angry, I can tell, take it out on the ball,’ ” Smith said. “So that’s what I did. I just got really mad about it. I just used my energy on the ball and got a triple.”

And once Day got the lead, she never relinquished it. She had just one perfect inning, allowed six hits, three walks and hit a batter, but also took advantage of the Cowgirls’ aggressiveness at the plate. Four times she got all three outs of the inning via the strikeout, and the junior fanned batters on seven of the last nine outs.

Again, Rockwell said, it was a good bounce-back performance. Day, who had less than 15 innings of varsity experience coming into this season, was the losing pitcher in Central’s opener.

“It was good for her to reassess, to come back, like I knew that she would when she got back on the mound,” Rockwell said. “She kept them off-balance. Miles City has a good-hitting team, but you didn’t see it today because of the number of strikeouts.”

Sierra Niedge and Gabby Richards drove in runs for the Cowgirls (0-1). Miles City made four errors and only two of the runs allowed by pitcher Lauren Wolf-Petroff were earned.

“All in all, it was a great day,” Miles City coach Murrey Selk said. “We had a few minor mistakes, but we’ve got lots of season left to get things corrected and get everything going.”

NOTES: Richards had two hits for Miles City, while Aubrey Walter did the same for Central. … Miles City’s first six outs of the game were made by strikeout, and Day struck out the side in the second inning on nine pitches. … Wolf-Petroff had five stolen bases for the Cowgirls.


Central 7,MilesCity2







Lauren Wolf-Petroff and Gabby Richards; Molly Day and Addy Daubert. W: Day. L: Wolf-Petroff.

Miles City (0-1) — Wolf-Petroff 1-2, Sierra Niedge 0-4, Mackenzie Helland 1-4, Richards 2-4, Kristen Selk 0-2, Jamie Gierke 0-3, Tori Ogolin 0-2, Chelsea Davis 1-1, Madissen Hill 0-2, Jenna Swope 1-3. RBIs: Niedge 1, Richards 1.

Billings Central (1-1) — Aubrey Walter 2-4, Day 1-4, Skylar Rockwell 1-3, Daubert 0-2, Allison Walter 1-3, Mackenzie Redman 1-3, Morgan Smith 1-3, Sam McNeely 0-2, Maggie Meyer 0-2. 3B: Smith. RBIs: Au. Walter 1, Rockwell 1, Daubert 1, Smith 2.

ButteCentral 9,Livingston5








Ariel Howieson, Sierra Higgs (2) and Cassidy Versland; Teresa Piazzola and Kate Ossello. W: Piazzola. L: Howieson.

Livingston — Megan Gibson 2-3, Jacey Schleicher 2-4, Meadow Ingram 0-3, Cassidy Versland 0-4, Hailey Versland 2-3, Sierra Higgs 0-3, Vanessa Davaz 2-3, Mackenzie Corder 0-3, Emily Cornell 0-3. 2B: H. Versland. RBIs: Davaz 2, H. Versland 2, Gibson.

Butte Central — Shawnee Hjelt 1-4, Kate Ossello 1-2, Erin McGeehan 1-1, Mollie Peoples 0-4, Corbyn Holm 2-3, Rylee Green 3-4, Teresa Piazzola 2-3, Taylor Wahl 0-2, Mikayla Boggs 1-3, Shelby Paffhausen 1-3. 2B: Hjelt. HR: Piazzola, Paffhausen, Green. RBIs: Green 2, Piazzola 2, McGeehan, Paffhausen, Peoples.

Great Falls Jamboree

Note: Because games are five innings or timed, they do not count in the standings and individual statistics do not count.

Flathead 8, Skyview 0; CMR 22, Sentinel 0; Hellgate 6, GFH 4; Big Sky 2, Butte 1; Helena High 10, Laurel 7; Glacier 5, Senior 1; West 4, Havre 0; Helena Capital 8, Bozeman 0

Skyview 15, Sentinel 0; CMR 4, Hellgate 1; GFH 0, Big Sky 0;Butte7, Helena High 2; Glacier 10,Laurel3; Senior 11, Havre 3; West 1, Capital 0; Flathead 6,Bozeman5

Hellgate 5, Skyview 1; CMR 9, Big Sky 0; Helena High 7, GFH 6; Butte 9, Glacier 2; Havre 5, Laurel 0; Senior 8, Capital 3; West 6, Flathead 1; Bozeman 18, Sentinel 1

Big Sky 8, Skyview 0; CMR 4, Helena High 3; GFH 0, Glacier 0;Butte17, Havre 1; Capital 8,Laurel0; Senior 6, Flathead 6; West 15, Sentinel 5; Hellgate 8,Bozeman0.


Havre, which has narrowly missed the Class A state tournament the past two seasons, topped Laurel while losing to West, Senior and Butte.

The young Blue Ponies – under the direction of second-year head coach Dan Wirtzberger, enjoy the challenge of facing bigger schools at the jamboree each season.

“I’m never going to turn down a chance to play a team better than us,” Wirtzberger said. “That just makes us that much better. Also seeing teams like this – we like to model our teams off of really good teams. So when we get to see teams like that we learn how to play like that.”

Butte High 17, Havre 1
Connole hit another home run in a five-RBI performance as the Bulldogs capped the day with the lopsided win over the Class A Blue Ponies.

Bethany McLean smacked three hits, drove in three runs and joined Connole with three runs scored in the victory. Spear also drove in three runs, while Morgan Bagley drove in two.

Osterman and Connole each pitched two innings in the win.

HAVRE                AB  R  H BI  BUTTE HIGH           AB  R  H BI
Dani Wagner           2  1  1  0  Ashten McCloskey      2  3  0  0  
Marli Bouchee         2  0  1  0  Amanda Spear          1  2  1  3  
Paige Henderson       2  0  2  0   Ellie Hoffenbacker   2  1  1  0  
Rachel Majenes        2  0  0  1  Maria Michelotti      2  0  1  0  
Scout Bouchee         2  0  1  0   Tristan Walks        2  1  1  1  
Warren Jordee         2  0  0  0  Baylee Thatcher       1  1  1  1  
Torey Maz             2  0  0  0   McKenzie Joseph      2  1  2  1  
S Huston              2  0  0  0  Ashton LaFond         3  1  0  0  
C Bohn                1  0  0  0  Bethany McLean        3  3  3  3  
                                  Justyce Connole       3  3  1  5  
                                  Morgan Bagley         3  1  2  2  
                                  Kendall Alley         3  0  1  1  
TOTALS               17  1  5  1  TOTALS               27 17 14 17

HAVRE                         001 0 -- 1  
BUTTE HIGH                    674 x -- 17 

LOB--HAVRE 4, BUTTE HIGH 6. ERR--Warren Jordee, Scout
Bouchee (3), Baylee Thatcher. 2B--Ellie Hoffenbacker,
Bethany McLean, Amanda Spear, Tristan Walks. HR--Justyce
Connole. SB--Rachel Majenes, Scout Bouchee, Justyce Connole.

 HAVRE                           IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Dani Wagner (L)                3.00   14   17    8    5    5    1
 BUTTE HIGH                 
Bobbie Osterman (W)            2.00    2    0    0    0    1    0
Justyce Connole                2.00    3    1    1    0    1    0

PB--Paige Henderson (4). SO--S Huston, Warren Jordee, Ashten
McCloskey, Ashton LaFond (2), Kendall Alley (2). BB--Ashten
McCloskey (2), Ashton LaFond, Amanda Spear, Baylee Thatcher.

Ponies top Laurel at Great Falls Jamboree

The Class AA Great Falls Jamboree is never an easy way for the Havre High softball team to start a new season, but like they do so often, the Blue Ponies returned home having found some success and getting quality reps against a great field of competitors.

Spending all day Saturday in Great Falls, the Central A Ponies went 1-3 in their four games. In the jamboree format, five-inning games, or a one-hour time limit, these games will not count against the Ponies record. But nonetheless, HHS had its hands full. Billings West defeated the Ponies 4-0 and Billings Senior followed with an 11-3 win over the Ponies. Havre would step up with a 5-0 win over Laurel, but Butte handed the Ponies a 17-1 loss to end the day.

“One of the things we found that we need to work on, is stopping the bleeding in between innings by giving up extra outs,” Havre High head coach Danny Wirtzberger said. “That is when a lot of runs came in on us, outs that we should have had, and then a team scores five runs after that with two outs. We will start to clean that up. But this was also the first time we saw live pitching, and I think we faced some of the best pitchers in the state. We did a fantastic job of putting the ball in play, but didn’t come up with the base hits we needed against the Class AA teams.”

In the win over the Class A Laurel Locomotives, the Ponies did a lot of things right.

The Ponies jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead, and after adding another run in the third, and two more in the fourth, HHS was able to get Rachel Majeres the win in the pitching circle. Majeres pitched four innings against the Locomotives and gave up just five hits in the shutout victory. A solid defensive effort backed Majeres as the Ponies did not commit an error in the win.

Havre also had its best offensive outing of the weekend in the win.

With eight hits, the Ponies were able to rally for the five runs, while also taking advantage of one Locomotive error. Havre also had eight hits against Butte, but couldn’t produce the runs. Shaniah Carlson and Harlee Boucher had great appearances at the plate against Laurel, both going 2-of-3 with one RBI apiece. But Paige Henderson grabbed three hits and two RBIs to lead the Ponies, while Majeres also had one hit.

“There were some girls that hit great all day, no matter who the opponent was,” Wirtzberger said. “Paige Henderson, Dani Wagner, and Rachel Majeres really had a great day, but Harlee Boucher and Shania Carlson also stepped up throughout the weekend and made some things happen in that win. We had girls step up and get hits, get the ball in play, some sacrifice bunts and some steals. Those are the things we needed to work on going into the weekend. But Rachel also pitched a fantastic game, she pitched strong, and the defense backed her up.”

In the loss to Billings West the Ponies had just one hit and committed four errors. Majeres had the lone hit for HHS. And in the loss to Billings Senior, the Ponies limited their errors to one, but also grabbed their three runs off of six hits. Morgan Mazurkiewicz, Carlson, Scout Boucher, and Tori Mazurkiewicz all had one hit each, while Carlson and Boucher each had a RBI as well. Henderson had another solid outing with a 2-for-2 appearance at the plate. Butte racked up 20 hits against Wagner in the pitching circle, but HHS came up with eight hits of its own. Wagner had a 2-for-2 outing, as did Henderson and Majeres. Majeres also had an RBI, while Harlee Boucher and Scout Boucher had one hit each.

Going 1-3 may not look good on paper, but the Ponies proved they could have a strong season. Laurel won a handful of games at the state tournament last season and the Locomotives return a lot of good talent to the diamond this year. That was a big win for the Ponies, and fans would have to go back quite a few years to find the last HHS win at the Great Falls Jamboree. Last year the Ponies were a young team with a lot of talented sophomores, but struggled to settle in and compete each weekend. This year they have already shown they could be taking their game to the next level, and coaches and players are hoping that continues.

“That is the first game we have won down there in five years,” Wirtzberger said. “That is a great job by our girls, and that shows us what our expectations are going to be, and we can say they are going to be a little bit higher expectations for this team this year.”

The junior varsity also played a home doubleheader against Shelby Friday. Havre suffered a 6-3 loss, but also grabbed a 10-7 win in the nonconference junior varsity action.

Friday and Saturday the Ponies will return to action on the road. The Ponies will spend two days in Belgrade, competing at the Belgrade Invitational.


Billings West 10, Havre 0

Havre 000 0x – 0 1 4

Billings West 170 2x – 10 9 0

WP – not available; LP – Rachel Majeres

Havre – Dani Wagner 0-2, Harlee Boucher 0-2, Paige Henderson 0-2, Rachel Majeres 1-1, Shaniah Carlson 0-1, Jordyn Warren 0-1, Morgan Mazurkiewicz 0-1, Sydne Huston 0-1, China Bohn 0-1

Billings West – no individual statistics available

Billings Senior 11, Havre 3

Havre 003 xx – 3 6 1

Billings Senior 91x xx – 11 12 0

WP – not available; LP – Tori Mazurkiewicz

Havre – Harlee Boucher 0-1, Morgan Mazurkiewicz 1-2, Paige Henderson 2-2, Rachel Majeres 0-1, Shaniah Carlson 1-2 RBI, Scout Boucher 1-1 RBI, Tori Mazurkiewicz 1-2, Sydne Huston 0-1, China Bohn 0-1

Billings West – no individual statistics available


Havre 5, Laurel 0

Havre 201 20 – 5 8 0

Laurel 000 0x 0 5 1

WP – Rachel Majeres; LP – not available

Havre – Dani Wagner 0-1, Harlee Boucher 2-3 RBI, Paige Henderson 3-3 2RBIs, Rachel Majeres 1-3, Scout Boucher 0-1, Jordyn Warren 0-2, Shaniah Carlson 2-3 RBI, Tori Mazurkiewicz 0-3, Morgan Mazurkiewicz 0-0

Laurel – individual statistics not available


Butte 17, Havre 1

Havre 001 0x – 1 8 1

Butte 574 xx – 17 20 1

WP – not available; LP – Dani Wagner

Havre – Dani Wagner 2-2, Harlee Boucher 1-2, Paige Henderson 2-2, Rachel Majeres 2-2 RBI, Scout Boucher 1-2, Jordyn Warren 0-2, Tori Mazurkiewicz 0-2, Sydne Huston 0-2, China Bohn 0-1.

Butte – individual statistics not available

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