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April 26, 2014
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Rams hold on to beat Laurel, 6-5


Billings Central's Mackenzie Redman runs for third base during the Billings Central vs. Laurel High softball game Friday April 25, 2014 at Stewart Park.

Central 6, Laurel 5

Laurel 200  000 
Central 020  130  13 

Brianne Jones and Hailey Spitzer. Molly Day and Addy Daubert. WP: Day. LP: Jones.

Laurel — Hailey Maurer 1-4, Kylie Goodson 1-4, Maurissa Gunn 2-4, Katie Williams 0-4, Hailey Spitzer 0-2, Paige Hodges 1-3, Brianne Jones 1-3, Dakota Boehler 0-3, Sadie Kincel-Garay 1-3. RBIs: Gunn, Hodges. 

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

Fans at Stewart Park on Friday witnessed a rare spectacle when Laurel completed a triple play that began with an incredible diving catch by Maurissa Gunn in center field.

But Billings Central pitcher Molly Day was the top draw. Day overcame a shaky first inning to throw five consecutive scoreless frames in the Rams’ 6-5 victory over their Eastern A rivals.

Central had several defensive lapses in the seventh inning and the Locomotives crawled to within one run, but Day ultimately closed it out with a strikeout and two groundouts.

“The first inning, I was like, ‘Ok, so they’re hitting me. Whatever. Now I’ve got to come back, get ticked and just go at ’em,’” Day said. “I think it’s better when I’m a little angry.”

Laurel scored on RBI singles by Gunn and Paige Hodges to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Day gave up just two hits through the next five innings. Gunn had another run-scoring hit in Laurel’s three-run seventh, but none of those were charged to Day because the Rams made five errors.

“I’m not going to lie, I was freaking out,” Day said of the seventh. “Yeah, we made some errors, but in the end we pulled it out.”

The Rams tied the game in the second on Aubrey Walter’s two-RBI single. They got another run in the fourth on a base hit by Skylar Rockwell, and three more in the fifth on a two-run double by Morgan Smith and a run-scoring single by Maggie Meyer.

Central would have blown the game open in the fifth had it not been for Gunn.

With two runners on and nobody out, Gunn made a diving catch on a ball off the bat of Walter. The Central base runners, Meyer and Sam McNeely, were on the move because they never suspected Gunn would get to the ball.

But she did. Both runners were doubled off and Laurel got out of the inning with a triple play.

“Gunn made a phenomenal catch,” said Rams coach Coleman Rockwell. “In six, seven years I’ve never seen a triple play. That’s how good it was. It changed the complexion (of the game). They came back. Had they scored a few more runs that could have been a huge play that ended up winning the game for them.”

“She did make a nice catch, and the right things happened,” Laurel coach Greg Branstetter said. “Sometimes those kinds of things get a spark going.

“Our sticks just went flat for some reason. We don’t know why we watched so many strikes go by. But we came back and scored a couple runs and had a chance to win the thing, so we’re pleased with that.”

Walter, who is having a big year as Central’s freshman leadoff hitter, finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Rockwell had three singles and drove in a run. The bottom-third of the Rams’ lineup — Smith, Meyer and McNeely — went a combined 5 for 9 with three runs scored and three RBIs.

Gunn went 2 for 4 for Laurel. Starting pitcher Brianne Jones finished with four strikeouts.

Central improved to 5-0 in the Eastern A, while Laurel fell to 3-2.


Havre 16, Glasgow


Glasgow…411 20 — 8 7 6

Havre…(13)20 1X — 16 9 5

WP--Tori Mazurkiewicz. LP--T. Fossum.

Leading hitters — Glasgow — Fossum 0-2 (rbi), Hopkins 1-3 (2 rbi), Barstad 1-2 (rbi), N/A 1-1. Havre — Morgan Mazurkiewicz 2-4 (rbi), J. MacDonald 2-4 (4 rbi), T. Labuda 1-3 (2 rbi), J. Hassa 1-3.

2B—NA, M. Mazurkiewicz 2, Hassa. 3B—Hopkins.

Havre 22, Shepherd 0

Shepherd 000  00   
Havre (10)63  3x    22  21 

W: Rachel Majeres. L: Bailey Dougherty. 

Shepherd — Caitlyn Moran 1-2, Bailey Dougherty 1-2, Brenna Farley 0-2, Sierra Olson 0-2, Megan Anderson 0-2, Brianne Malchow 1-2, Laryssa Chenoweth 0-2, Amanda Salazar 0-2, Brielle Brumley 0-2, China Bohn 0-2.

Havre — Dani Wagner 3-4, Harlee Boucher 3-5, Paige Henderson 3-5, Rachel Majeres 3-5, Scout Boucher 2-3, Shania Carlson 1-2, Tori Mazurkiewicz 2-3, Morgan Mazurkiewicz 1-2, Jordyn Warren 3-4. 2B: T. Mazurkiewicz, S. Boucher. 3B: Wagner. RBIs: Wagner 3, H. Boucher 2, Henderson 3, Majeres 5, S. Boucher, Carlson 2, T. Mazurkiewicz 3, M. Mazurkiewicz, Warren.


The Eagles seize victory thanks to late solo home run, drop the Hardin Bulldogs 5-4

The Eagles and the Hardin Bulldogs passed the lead back and forth five times on Friday, but in the end the Eagles pulled out a 5-4 win in seven innings over the Hardin Bulldogs.

The Eagles took the lead in the seventh inning and held on for the victory. The Eagles scored on a solo home run by Logan Peterson off Blankenship.

Logan put herself in scoring position with two extra-base hits for the Eagles.

Lacee Giddens's eight strikeouts helped the Eagles to the victory. Lacee allowed two earned runs, five hits and one walk over seven innings.

The Eagles were sparked by Logan and Madison Theissen, who teamed up for five hits and three RBIs.

Blankenship was charged with the loss. She lasted just 6 1/3 innings, walked two, struck out six, and allowed five runs.

The top of the first saw the Hardin Bulldogs take an early lead, 1-0. A solo blast by Blankenship started the inning off.

The Eagles answered the Hardin Bulldogs' top inning with one run of their own in the third. The Eagles scored on an RBI double by Madison Theissen. 


Micala Morehouse 4 0 1 0 0 1
Lacee Giddens 3 0 0 0 1 0
Logan Peterson 4 3 3 1 0 0
Madison Theissen 3 1 2 2 0 0
Tudie Crosby 3 1 1 0 0 2
Bryanna Christensen 3 0 1 1 0 1
Paige Metz 3 0 1 0 0 0
Madison DiFonzo 2 0 0 0 1 1
Tessah Desjarlais 3 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 28 5 9 4 2 6
Batting 2B: Bryanna Christensen, Logan Peterson, Madison Theissen
HR: Logan Peterson
TB: Micala Morehouse, Paige Metz, Bryanna Christensen 2, Logan Peterson 7, Madison Theissen 3, Tudie Crosby
RBI: Bryanna Christensen, Logan Peterson, Madison Theissen 2
FC: Madison Theissen, Madison DiFonzo
SB: Tudie Crosby
Quality At Bats Team Total: 15 (50.00%)

Micala Morehouse 2, Paige Metz 2, Bryanna Christensen, Logan Peterson 3, Madison Theissen 2, Tessah Desjarlais, Lacee Giddens 2, Tudie Crosby, Madison DiFonzo
Fielding E: Jordan Baxter, Tessah Desjarlais, Tudie Crosby
DP: Logan Peterson, Tudie Crosby                  
Lacee Giddens 7.0 5 4 2 1 8 1 .714
Totals 7.0 5 4 2 1 8 1 .714
Pitching W: Lacee Giddens
Pitches-Strikes: Lacee Giddens 91-65
Groundouts-Flyouts: Lacee Giddens 1-11
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Lacee Giddens 20-27               
Small 2 0 0 0 1 1
Davisson 3 0 0 0 0 0
Blankenship 3 1 1 1 0 1
Roan 3 0 0 0 0 2
Watson 3 1 1 0 0 1
Schneider 3 1 1 1 0 2
Chavez 3 0 0 0 0 0
Feller 3 1 1 1 0 0
Bush 3 0 1 0 0 1
Totals 26 4 5 3 1 8
Batting 2B: Schneider
HR: Blankenship
TB: Blankenship 4, Watson, Schneider 2, Feller, Bush
RBI: Blankenship, Schneider, Feller
ROE: Small
Quality At Bats Team Total: 10 (37.04%)

Small, Davisson, Blankenship, Roan 2, Watson, Schneider 2, Feller 2
Fielding E: Schneider                  
Blankenship 6.1 9 5 3 2 6 1 .637
Totals 6.1 9 5 3 2 6 1 .637
Pitching L: Blankenship
Pitches-Strikes: Blankenship 91-58
Groundouts-Flyouts: Blankenship 6-5
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Blankenship 22-30

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