It’s official, the Custer County District High School Cowgirl softball team is on a winning streak.
The Cowgirls won their third straight game, beating Hardin 11-1 last night on the road. For a Cowgirl program that has never won more than six games in a season, the three-game winning streak is the longest in school history.
Last night’s win also marked the second straight game the Cowgirls won by the 10-run mercy rule.
The Cowgirls moved to 4-2 overall on the season, but more importantly, they are now 4-1 at the midway point of the Eastern A schedule. They have conference wins over Laurel, Glendive, Sidney and Hardin. Their lone loss came against Billings Central in the season-opener.
Last night in Hardin, the Cowgirls never scored more than three runs in an inning, but they scored at least two in five of the six innings.
Gabby Richards came through with a two-run single in the top of the first, scoring Lauren Wolfe-Petroff and Sierra Niedge. In the second, Madissen Hill doubled and Jenna Swope was hit by a pitch. Niedge brought both runners in to give the Cowgirls a 4-0 lead.
The Cowgirls pushed their lead to 7-0 on a pair of doubles from Richards and Kristen Selk in the third. They also took advantage of a costly error by the Lady Bulldogs that allowed two runs to score.
After Hardin scored their lone run in the bottom of the third, the Cowgirls went scoreless in the top of the fourth.
But they made up for it in the fifth and sixth, scoring two runs in each inning to bring up the mercy rule.
Hill, a freshman, led the offense with a 3-4 effort, including a double. Wolfe-Petroff and Richards each went 2-4 with a double and two RBIs apiece. Niedge and Swope also drove in a pair of runs.
Wolfe-Petroff was dominant in the circle again, allowing just three hits, walking none and hitting one batter. She finished with eight strikeouts and was aided by a Cowgirl defense that committed just one error.
The Cowgirls will look to keep their streak alive when they host Glendive on Saturday afternoon. First pitch for the varsity game is set for 1 p.m., and the JV game will start at 11 a.m.
Cowgirls 11, Hardin 1
L. Wolfe-Petroff (W) and M. Hill; M. Blankenship (L) and A. Watson.
Cowgirls (4-2, 4-1)- L. Wolfe-Petroff 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; S. Niedge 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Ma. Helland 0-2; G. Ricahrds 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; K. Selk 1-4, 2B, RBI; C. Davis 0-4, RBI; J. Gierke 0-2; M. Hill 3-4, 2B; J. Swope 0-3, 2 RBI.
Hardin- K. Chaves 1-3; D. Davison 0-3, RBI; A. Schneider 0-2; A. Koan 0-3; C. Feller 0-2; S. Small 1-2; M. Blankenship 0-2; A. Watson 1-2, 2B; S. Edgar 0-1.
Belgrade scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning and went on to beat Billings Central 7-5 on Tuesday at Stewart Park.
Alli Alstrom had a two-run double and Rylee Cygan had another run-scoring hit for the Panthers in the seventh. Kristina West then kept Central off the board in the bottom half of the seventh to close it out.
Kindall Bathke had three hits for the Panthers, while West, Alstrom, Cygan and Autumn Rollins each had two. Belgrade finished with 13 hits overall.
The Rams scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead and had a chance to add to it, but they left the bases loaded. Aubrey Walter, Molly Day and Addy Daubert each finished with two hits for Central.
The Eagles hang on against Glendive Red Devils, 5-3
Glendive Red Devils was never able to get over the hump and get over its troubles against the Eagles on Tuesday, as Glendive Red Devils fell 5-3 after falling behind by four runs in the third inning.
Glendive Red Devils scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning and an RBI single by Mittlestadt and an error in the sixth inning. Still, Glendive Red Devils couldn't catch the Eagles.
Tudie Crosby led the Eagles' offensive threat, as she got on base three times in the game. She scored two runs and had one RBI. She singled in the third inning.
The Eagles got the win thanks in large part to Lacee Giddens's dominant, six-strikeout performance. Lacee allowed no earned runs on four hits and one walk over seven innings.
Mintz couldn't get it done on the rubber for Glendive Red Devils, taking a loss. She lasted just seven innings, walked five, struck out four, and allowed five runs.
The lead stayed with the Eagles after the first, when they scored one run on an RBI double by Logan Peterson.
The Eagles built upon their lead with two runs in the third. The inning looked promising, as Paige Metz singled, bringing home Lacee to kick things off. That was followed up by Tudie's single, plating Paige.
A superb effort by Sydney Bergren led Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity to a 32-2 win in five innings over Dillon High School on Tuesday at Dillon High School.
Sydney racked up seven RBIs on four hits for Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity. She homered in the first and second innings and singled in the third innings.
Twenty-three runs in the opening three innings allowed Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity to easily put away Dillon High School. An RBI single by Brie Clifford, a two-run double by Tayler Reynolds, an RBI single by Lauren Dolcater, and a two-run home run by Sydney during the first inning and a passed ball, an RBI single by Shaylan Mohn, a three-run home run by Sydney, and an RBI double by McKayl Rothie in the second inning helped Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity put some runs on the board early.
Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity hit four home runs in the win. Additional home runs for Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity came when Taylor Goligoski homered in the third inning and Tayler homered in the fourth inning.
Brie got the win for Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity. She allowed two runs over five innings. She struck out eight, walked three and surrendered four hits.
Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity easily handled Dillon High School pitching as nine hitters combined for 24 hits, 28 RBIs and 31 runs scored.
Ericksen couldn't get it done in the circle for Dillon High School, taking a loss. She allowed eight runs in two-thirds of an inning, walked five and struck out one.