CORVALLIS – The Stevensville softball team scored the final six runs of the game but Corvallis weathered the storm for its first Southwestern A win of the season 12-11 on Thursday.
“We were able to hold on, which is good to finally get a league win,” said Corvallis coach Brett Shelagowski, whose team improves to 1-6 in SWA games and 3-10 overall. “They keep fighting and they’re improving.”
Corinne Sanderson started things off with a two-run home run for Corvallis in the bottom of the first and added six more to the total in the bottom of the third after Stevensville (2-7, 5-9) jumped ahead 4-2 in the top half. The Blue Devils extended the margin out to 12-5 before finishing off Stevi, that all despite the Yellowjackets’ five-run sixth inning.
Sanderson and teammate Sabrina Friday each batted 3 for 4 – Friday had two doubles and a triple.
Carly Vercruyssen was 3 for 5 to lead Stevi.
Stevi 004 105 1 – 11 13 4
Corvallis 206 130 0 – 12 16 4
Carly Vercruyssen and Megan Finley. Taylor Gagnon and Brenna Bourgeois. W – Gagnon. L – Bourgeois.
STEVENSVILLE – Jenna Lockman 2-5, Vercruyssen 3-5, Cammie Beller 2-5, Finley 1-2, Callie Lendman 1-4, Sam Hambrick 1-4, Mariah Hinson 2-3, Taylor Rauch 0-4, Madison Boesch 1-4.
CORVALLIS – Taia Tully 2-3, Kira Doyle 2-4, Corinne Sanderson 3-4, Gagnon 1-4, Sabrina Friday 3-4, Bobbie Stephen 1-4, Taylor Koskela 0-3, Hannah Brown 2-3, Nicole Turner 2-4.
At Kalispell, the Class A Pirates pounded four home runs in cruising past the Class AA Wolfpack.
Taylor Brackey had two of the home runs – a three-run tater in the first inning and a solo shot in the fourth. Sarah Rausch and Jessica Bagnell also went yard for the Pirates, who pushed their record to 9-3.
Bagnell, whose home run came with two aboard, also earned the pitching win. She turned in six innings of duty.
Ali Williams led Glacier (7-7-1) with a home run and a double.
Polson 400 111 4 – 11 9 1
Glacier 100 000 0 – 1 6 4
Jessica Bagnell, Emma Shew (7) and Jaylin Kenney. Ali Williams and Hannah Atlee. W – Bagnell. L – Williams.
GLACIER – Kayla Russell 0-3, Taylor Riggles 0-3, Ali Williams 2-3, Hannah Atlee 1-3, Tacey Howe 0-3, Anna Jenks 0-2, Ali Newton 0-1, Christina DuFour 2-3, Katie McHugh 0-1, Josie Brousseau 1-1, Erin McHugh 0-2.
At Columbia Falls, Krista Hebnes doubled, homered and drove in five runs to lead Frenchtown past Columbia Falls in Northwestern A action.
Hebnes hit a two-run, bases-loaded double in the third inning and clubbed a three-run homer in the sixth for the Broncs (4-0 in league, 11-1 overall). The hosts got all the runs they needed when Keegan Wickman hit a two-run single in the first.
Morgan Ray went the distance on the mound for Frenchtown, scattering three hits and two walks and striking out 10. She helped her cause with a double and a solo homer.
Breanna Friar drove in the only run for Columbia Falls (2-3, 5-7-1).
Col. Falls 000 001 0 – 1 3 1
Frenchtown 202 004 x – 8 11 5
Ashley Trueblood and Courtney Murray. Morgan Ray and Brooke Yarnall, Kaylee Prather (4). W – Ray (10-1). L – Trueblood.
Lauren Wolf-Petroff came up big at the dish and in the circle, leading Cowgirls to a 9-3 win over Hardin on Thursday.
Lauren went a perfect 3-3 at the plate for Cowgirls. She singled in the first, fourth, and sixth innings.
Lauren baffled Hardin, striking out 10 batters. Lauren allowed two earned runs, 11 hits and two walks over seven innings.
Cowgirls blew out Hardin thanks to 16 hits, including three extra base hits. Cowgirls scored two runs in the sixth on Cowgirls scored in the sixth on an RBI single by Sierra Niedge and a single by Kristen Selk.
The top of the first saw Hardin take an early lead, 2-0. Hardin's rally started when PlayerA singled. A single by PlayerB then moved PlayerA from first to second. PlayerD singled, bringing home PlayerA. Hardin pushed more runs across when PlayerB scored on a wild pitch.
Cowgirls answered Hardin's top inning with two runs of its own in the first. Cowgirls scored on a wild pitch and an RBI double by Kristen.
Cowgirls didn't relinquish the lead after scoring two runs in the fourth inning when it scored on two singles.
Head coach Justin Taylor was disappointed his Panthers squandered fifth- and sixth-inning opportunities to invoke the mercy rule at Class AA Helena High.
It was hard to argue with 23 hits, however, or a second consecutive victory.
Belgrade sent 11 to the plate and scored five runs in the second to erase an early deficit, and on the strength of three home runs and balanced hitting continually poured it on en route to a 19-8 win over the Bengals.
“Judy told me one time when I was grouching after the fifth inning, ‘Look at the score. We’re fine,’” Taylor said of his daughter, who started in the circle. “This kind of continued the theme that we can’t put teams away when we should; we led 9-0 against Livingston, had a big lead against Fergus and Helena Capital. We’ve just got to close games when it counts.
“I guess they really thought they were in their minds because they were coming up and scoring every inning.”
The Panthers rebounded from a two-run, first-inning deficit with a five-run outburst in the second. Kindall Bethke kicked off a seven-run third with a solo homer. Hannah Goulet plated two with a blast of her own for Belgrade (7-5), which produced six two-out runs in the frame.
The visitors scored four more times in the fourth to pull ahead 16-5, and then once in the sixth on a Bethke double for a 17-7 advantage. Helena staved off early defeat in both instances, but Judy Taylor effectively finished off the Bengals with a solo home run in the Panthers’ two-run seventh.
“I chirped at her, and she got really mad at me,” Justin Taylor joked. “Somebody said, ‘Go hit a home run, Judy.’ I said, ‘No, you’re getting a base hit.’ She crushed the first pitch she saw, and all I could say was, ‘Gone.’
“It’s no secret we’re going to have to score runs, and every time we get to play tough teams it helps make us better in the long run.”
In the bottom of the seventh, Judy Taylor held Helena scoreless thanks to an acrobatic effort from second baseman Kristina West, who sprinted into shallow left to make an over-the-shoulder catch before falling on her stomach.
“She turned and darn near threw out a runner at third on one knee,” Coach Taylor said. “We played pretty darn solid defense tonight.”
Taylor’s bunch returns to Central A play Saturday when it visits Browning for a doubleheader.
BELGRADE VARSITY 2014 (19) AT HELENA HIGH VARSITY 2014 (8)
BELGRADE VARSITY 201 AB R H BI HELENA HIGH VARSITY AB R H BI
Kristina West 5 2 3 3 Emma Meredith 4 2 2 0
Skyla Neubauer 6 1 3 2 Ashley Nash 2 1 1 1
Hannah Goulet 5 1 2 3 Tyler Holand 4 1 1 0
Autumn Rollins 6 1 2 0 Erin Emanuel 3 2 2 2
Alli Alstrom 4 2 3 1 Anna Fischer 4 1 2 0
Rylee Cygan 5 3 2 1 Jordan Hinman 4 0 1 0
Kindall Bethke 4 3 4 2 Mickey Edgar 4 1 1 1
Jordan Branch 5 2 1 1 Ta Holland 4 0 2 1
Judy Taylor 5 3 3 3 Lacey Lindenfeld 2 0 0 0
*Maddie Cade 0 1 0 0 S Stroud 1 0 0 0
H Crawford 1 0 1 0
TOTALS 45 19 23 16 TOTALS 33 8 13 5
BELGRADE VARSITY 2014 057 041 2 -- 19
HELENA HIGH VARSITY 2014 202 121 0 -- 8
LOB--BELGRADE VARSITY 2014 10, HELENA HIGH VARSITY 2014 7.
ERR--Jess Giard. 2B--Jordan Branch, Skyla Neubauer, Rylee
Cygan, Kindall Bethke, Emma Meredith (2), Anna Fischer, H
Crawford, Ashley Nash, Mickey Edgar. 3B--Alli Alstrom, Erin
Emanuel. HR--Judy Taylor, Hannah Goulet, Kindall Bethke.
SB--Skyla Neubauer, Erin Emanuel, Tyler Holand, Anna
BELGRADE VARSITY 2014 IP H R ER BB SO HR
Judy Taylor (W) 7.00 13 8 8 3 1 0
HELENA HIGH VARSITY 2014
Terra Gilchrist (L) 2.67 7 9 9 5 1 2
Jess Giard 4.33 16 10 10 0 0 1
PB--Jordan Hinman. WP--Judy Taylor (3), Jess Giard, Terra
Gilchrist. SO--Hannah Goulet, Emma Meredith. BB--Kristina
West, Hannah Goulet, Kindall Bethke, Alli Alstrom (2), Erin
Emanuel, Ashley Nash (2).
The Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity racked up four hits, but it wasn't enough, as the Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity were 11-1 losers on Thursday at the hands of Great Falls High at Great Falls.
L Merer got it done on the rubber on the way to a win. She allowed one run over six innings. L Merer struck out eight, walked two and gave up four hits.
Great Falls High was sparked by M Bourblau and B Ferda, who teamed up for five hits and six RBIs.
Cassi Miller took the loss for the Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity. She allowed 10 runs in five innings, walked three and struck out none.
Great Falls High answered the Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity's top inning with five runs of its own in the fourth. Great Falls High scored on an error, an RBI single by B Wilson, an RBI single by A Dougnuts, an error, and an RBI double by B Ferda.