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
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Hamilton200 001 0 – 3 5 3
Jessica Bagnell and Jaylin Kenney. Brie Clifford and Katie Wickham. W – Bagnell. L – Clifford.
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.
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N/A.TaylorGagnon and Brenna Bourgeois. W – N/A. L – Gagnon.
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
2014-04-05T18:45:00ZBillings Central softball enters win column by beating Miles CityBy MIKE SCHERTING firstname.lastname@example.orgThe 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.
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.
Ariel Howieson, Sierra Higgs (2) and Cassidy Versland; Teresa Piazzola and Kate Ossello. W: Piazzola. L: Howieson.
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.
GREAT FALLS JAMOREE
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.
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.