TRACK AND FIELD
TRACK AND FIELD
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SAT., 05-10 SOFTBALL RESULTS
May 11, 2014Northwest Montana A Conference
Polson 7, Columbia Falls 3
At Polson, the Pirates banged out 14 hits en route to the Northwestern A win.
Jaylin Kenney had three of those hits and an RBI for the Pirates (4-2 in league, 10-3 overall). Kaelen Wall, Hannah Potter and Kyrie Bitterman added two hits apiece. Taylor Brackey added two RBIs.
Winning pitcher Jessica Bagnell limitedColumbiaFalls(2-4, 5-8-1) to five hits.
Courtney Murray belted a solo homer for the Wildkats.
C. Falls 020 000 1 – 3 5 1
Polson 220 210 x – 7 14 3
Ashley Trueblood and Courtney Murray. Jessica Bagnell and Jaylin Kenney. W – Bagnell (10-2). L – Trueblood.
COLUMBIA FALLS – Tiffany Hummer 0-4, Carlee Brown 0-3, Trueblood 0-4, Brianna Friar 0-3, Winter Kemppainen 1-3, Amanda Morrison 1-3, Madi Fetters 1-3, Murray 1-3, Peyton Kehr 1-3, Aliyshi Cantu 0-0.
POLSON – Kenney 3-4, Jaiden Toth 1-4, Bagnell 1-3, Kaelen Wall 2-4, Hannah Potter 2-3, Taylor Brackey 1-4, Kyrie Bitterman 2-4, Sarah Rausch 1-2, Lydia Dupuis 0-1, Ashley Benson 1-3.
2B–Kenney, Bagnell, Potter 2, Bitterman. HR–Murray. RBIs–Murray, Kehr 2, Kenney, Toth, Brackey 2.
Polson 7, Columbia Falls 3
At Polson on an afternoon orchestrated to honor the pending graduation of its trio of seniors, the host Lady Pirates succeeded in holding at bay the visiting WildKats and thereby secured a crucial berth at the state tournament they will serve as hostess in a few weeks time. Because felines fanged with fundamentals have a flare for being ferocious, competitive encounters of a sb kind require that caution and care be exercised when contending with configurations of Kats able to convey their consternation with cantankerous effect about being cornered out of postseason possibilities, the kind that tends to be expressed through the pummeling of precautionary pitching. As the game unfolded, it would be the visitors who would incur the ill fortunes of what could be dubbed as “doubles trouble” that were inflicted upon them the three honored seniors who combined for a quintet of extra base hits in collaboration with their middle-of-the-order underclass teammate. Also adding impetus to the rubric of “doubles troubles” as well was due to the fact that much of the scoring itself came in pairs, somewhat like a set of animals loading onto Noah‘s Ark. With two outs in the bottom of the first, the Lady Pirates loaded the bases off a successive double, single and walk, then plated a pair off a Taylor Brackey single (see stat scoring anomalies) to take the lead 2-0. Not willing to let such a challenge go unaddressed, the WildKats countered in their half of the following inning by loading the bases in like manner and then plating a pair with a timely RBI single from bottom-of-the-order batter Peyton Kehr to even the score at two apiece. Polson would plate a pair of pairs in the bottom of the second and fourth innings to stretch their lead from 4-2 to 6-2. They would then load the bases once again in the bottom of the 5th inning, but were only able to capitalize upon a single insurance run when Jaiden Toth stroked an RBI single to give the home team a 7-2 advantage before WildKat pitcher AJ Trueblood extracted them from their predicament without further damage. Down to their final three outs, Columbia Falls started their half of the final inning with a bang by launching the long ball over the centerfield fenceline off the bat wielded by catcher Courtney Murray to trim the Polson advantage back just a smidge to 7-3. But Lady Pirate hurler Jessica Bagnell limited any further incursions upon the scoreboard by closing out the game. Defensive kudos belong to Polson junior third base infielder Taylor Brackey, who turned in a half dozen putouts with crisp fielding from her position alone, and could have added several more had a handful of balls she retrieved as well not been ruled foul on account of their proximity to the left field foul line. The win bolsters the Polson record to 10-3 overall, 4-2 NWA, while Columbia Falls slides to 5-8-1 overall, 2-4 NWA. Both squads will be participating in the Butte “Laverne Combo” Softball Invitational next weekend.
C Falls 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 - 3 5 2*
Polson 2 0 0 2 0 2 x - 7 14* 4
Ashley Trueblood and Courtney Murray. Jessica Bagnell and Jaylin Kenney.
W - (10-3) Bagnell (3K, 5H, 1W). L - Trueblood (4K, 14H, 2W).
C FALLS - Tiffany Hummer 0-4, Carlee Brown 0-3, Alysha Cantu 0-0 (W), Trueblood 0-4, Breanna Friar 0-3, Winter Kemppainen 1-3, Amanda Morrison 1-3, Madi Fetters 1-3, Murray 1-3, Peyton Kehr 1-3.
POLSON - Kenney 3-4, Jaiden Toth 1-4, Bagnell 1-4 (FC), Kaelen Wall 2-4 (FC), Hannah Potter 2-3, Taylor Brackey 1-3 , Kyrie Bitterman 2-4, Sarah Rausch 1-2, Lydia Dupuis 0-1, Ashley Benson 1-3.
HR - Murray. 2B - Potter 2, Bagnell, Kenney, Bitterman.
BB - Cantu, Potter, Rausch. Sac - Brackey. SB - Bitterman.
RBIs - Kehr 2, Murray, Brackey 2, Potter, Kenney, Toth.
Runs - Morrison, Fetters, Murray, Wall 2, Kenney, Bagnell, Bitterman, Rausch, Benson.
Unofficial game rendition by John Heglie derived from own scoring notations, although consultation was made for scoring input from both team perspectives. Some details may vary from official summary.
*anomalies which may impact stat scoring specs:
btm1st ab6 - Brackey hit a tailing slicer into left center, which CF outfielder attempted to make a sliding catch just out of her reach. Sources on both sides of the contest were consulted and opinions were mixed as to whether to score the play as a difficult hit or as a fielding error. Those inclined toward error claimed she should have made the play if she got her glove that close to the ball. This evaluator is persuaded to score the play as a difficult to field 2RBI 2B double because (1) the hit was going to be difficult any way one sliced it and (2) the fielder exerted effort above and beyond the call of duty in attempting to make the play. In this estimation, it would be grossly unfair to the batter to penalize them for smacking a well hit ball just because the fielder got close to making a play, but didn’t come up with it as well as unfair to the fielder to penalize them because they were not able to pull off a superhuman feat!
btm2nd ab9 - Benson laces a zinger at the shortstop, who starts to range toward intercepting the ball in flight, but doesn’t have sufficient time to react to intercept the speed of the projectile launched at her with high velocity. This was scored as an error from the perspective of at least one of the stat spec sources that were consulted. This evaluator would beg to differ. One has to take into account who is hitting the ball, how hard they have hit it and ordinary human reaction time. Had the hit been a slow roller variety, one might have a stronger case for rating the lack of play as an error. Again, this evaluator would reiterate that to score the play as an error instead of as a hit penalizes both the batter and the fielder unnecessarily with more stringent requirements than a game of prep softball merit at the teenage level. If archangels were playing one another, perhaps different story.
top6th ab6,ab7 - back-to-back successive plays too place where fielders committed fielding foibles. Statisticians for both teams concurred that the sequence of events merited being scored as errors.
btm6th ab8 - Rausch hit a liner straight at the pitcher who is following through with her motion after coming off the mound. Pitcher gets a glancing blow with her glove on the ball, knocking it down out of reach, but keeping the ball from getting out of the infield. Batter reaches base safely before ball can be retrieved. Opinions were divided as to whether to score this play as a hit or as an error by the pitcher. If the player getting their glove on the ball were playing at a different position, perhaps this evaluator might be more persuaded toward the score the play as an error variety. But this is a pitcher coming out of their motion after throwing a pitch off the mound. In this estimation, even getting a piece of one’s glove on the ball should be considered an accomplishment in and of itself. Again, not fair to either batter or prospective fielder to ding both for their above average efforts at doing what they are both trying to do within ordinary parameters of the game itself.
Maroons weather storm, top Blue Devils
Updated: May 10, 2014
Butte Central senior Mikayla Boggs reaches first base as the snow falls Saturday at Stodden Park. Also pictured is Corvallis first baseman Kambrey Powell. (Bill Foley photo)
On a day when the Butte Central softball team honored it’s seniors, the Maroons saw their freshman deliver.
A few hours after freshman Corbyn Holm singled in classmate Taylor Wahl for a walk-off win against Hamilton, freshman Mollie Peoples came through in a big way as BC topped Corvallis 13-7 Saturday afternoon.
Peoples, BC’s first baseman, hit two doubles and drove in four runs to lead the Maroons, who overcame an emotional letdown in their second game of the day.
The big hit was a bases-clearing double that put the Maroons on top for good in the fourth inning at a cold and wet Stodden Park.
“I just wanted to do something to help my team,” said Peoples, who drove in three runs in BC’s 6-5 win over Hamilton earlier. “I wanted to step up for my team. I wanted to do it for my seniors.”
Before the game, the Maroons honored seniors Rylee Green, Shelby Paffhausen, Cassidy McGree, Mikayla Boggs and Courtney Thomas and their parents.
Whether it was the high of the Hamilton game or the emotions of Senior Day, BC wasn’t on top of its game against the Blue Devils, who the Maroons easily handled earlier in the season in Corvallis.
Corvallis scored six runs in the fourth inning to turn a 5-1 deficit into a 7-5 lead.
Boggs got the start in the pitchers’ circle, and walked two in the inning. None of the three hits she surrendered in the inning were hit hard.
BC coach Kelci Thatcher replaced the senior with sophomore ace Teresa Piazzola with the game tied at five. Piazzola allowed a pair of runs to score on wild pitches before settling down and regaining the dominant form she had against Hamilton.
“I commend Boggs,” Thatcher said. “She started out the game fabulous. I feel we gave her the short end of the stick. We missed ground balls that should have been outs. She didn’t get pulled because of her fault. Teresa came in and finished, but I’m not taking it away from Boggs.”
The Maroons heated up after the game was delayed for a few minutes because snow started sticking to the field, making it impossible to see the baselines.
When play resumed, Peoples hit a shot to right-center field to score three runs. She added an RBI double to highlight BC’s five-run sixth inning that put the game away.
“She stepped up when we needed her the most,” Thatcher said of Peoples. “She had a great day.”
Boggs, Shawnee Hjelt, Holm, Green, McGree, Boggs and Kate Ossello all hit singles for the Maroons, who also took advantage of seven Corvallis errors. Ossello and McGree each drove in a run.
Kira Doyle and Taylor Gagnon each hit two singles to lead the Blue Devils.
Piazzola picked up the win to improve 8-3 on the season. The Maroons improved their record to 9-5 overall and 7-1 in Southwestern A play with their fourth straight win.
For a while Saturday, though, it looked like that winning streak was about to end.
“After that big win against Hamilton, we kind of let our guard down a little bit,” Peoples said. “We stayed together as a team, and we really fought hard.”
BC has a busy week coming up. The Maroons play at Dillon on Tuesday before traveling to Anaconda on Thursday.
Friday and Saturday, the Maroons close out the regular season when they host the annual Laverne Combo Invitational.
Divisionals is in two weeks in Anaconda, and Thatcher is hoping her team can build on Saturday’s two wins as the Maroons head toward crunch time.
“Senior Day is always tough because girls are upset and sad, but they found a way to win,” Thatcher said. “That is what they have done in three out of four games. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going into the next couple of weeks.”
Corvallis 001 600 0 — 7 9 7
Broncs escapes Libby behind Morgan Ray's 16 strikeouts, 10-1
Saturday was a great day for Morgan Ray, as Morgan struck out 16 batters to carry Broncs to a 10-1 victory over Libby in seven innings.
Broncs blew out Libby thanks to 12 hits, including five extra base hits.
Keegan Wickman racked up three RBIs on two hits for Broncs. She singled in the first inning and homered in the sixth inning.
H England ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. She allowed 10 runs in seven innings, walked three and struck out nine.
Broncs went up for good in the first, scoring two runs on an RBI double by Krista Hebnes.
Maroons walk off against Broncs
Updated: May 10, 2014
Butte Central senior third baseman Rylee Green fires to first base for an out in BC's win against Hamilton Saturday at Stodden Park. (Bill Foley photo)
Freshman Corbyn Holm hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning today, and Butte Central beat Hamilton 6-5 in a Southwestern A softball victory at a soaking Stodden Park.
Fellow freshman Taylor Wahl scored the winning run for the Maroons, who are scheduled to take on Corvaills at 4 p.m.
Before the game, the Maroons will honor their seniors and parents during Senior Parent Day.
Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity loses 6-5 to Butte Central High School
Brie Clifford did all she could to give Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity a boost, but it wasn't enough to get past Butte Central High School, as Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity lost 6-5 in seven innings at Butte Central High School on Saturday.
Brie got on base three times in the game for Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity. She singled in the seventh inning.
T Piazzola got the win for Butte Central High School despite allowing five runs over seven innings. She struck out 13, walked four and surrendered seven hits.
Brie was charged with the loss. She allowed six runs in six innings, walked four and struck out eight.
The bottom of the first saw Butte Central High School take an early lead, 2-0. The Butte Central High School attack began with a single from Wahl. A groundout by S Paffhausen then moved Wahl from first to second. T doubled, plating Wahl. More runs came home for Butte Central High School when Paffhausen scored on a sacrifice fly by M Peoples.
Butte Central High School scored three runs of its own in the third. Butte Central High School scored on a two-run single by M Peoples and a passed ball.
Dillon Beavers Varsity gets more hits, but not more runs in 7-6 loss to Stevensville
Dillon Beavers Varsity lost 7-6 in seven innings on Saturday, despite outhitting Stevensville 12 to eight.
Dillon Beavers Varsity was led by Kimee Hiritsco-Murray's hitting. Kimee went 2-3, drove in one and scored one run. She doubled in the first inning and singled in the third inning.
The top of the first saw Dillon Beavers Varsity take an early lead, 1-0. After Bailie Berriochoa singled, Dillon Beavers Varsity kept the pressure on Stevensville pitching, as Kimee doubled, scoring Bailie.
Stevensville survived Dillon Beavers Varsity's surge and put up three runs of its own in the first. Stevensville scored on an error, an error, and an RBI single by Callie Lendman.
The Eagles muster 4 hits, drop 15-4 contest to Laurel Locomotives
The Eagles scattered four hits on Saturday, but weren't able to push enough runs across, and lost 15-4 to Laurel Locomotives.
Madison Theissen had a hot bat for the Eagles. Madison Theissen went 1-3, drove in one and scored one run. She homered in the second inning.
Jones got it done on the rubber on the way to a win. She allowed four runs over six innings. She struck out four, walked two and surrendered four hits.
Laurel Locomotives' Gunn, Williams, Maurer and Hergenrider combined for nine hits and nine RBIs.
Lacee Giddens was charged with the loss. She allowed 15 runs in six innings, walked two and struck out seven.
One run in the bottom of the second helped the Eagles close their deficit to 3-1. A solo home run by Madison Theissen set off the Eagles rally. Finally, Jones induced an inning-ending ground out from Desirae Fasching.
Laurel Locomotives piled on four more runs in the top of the fourth. Gunn's double got things going, bringing home Boehler and Maurer.
Three runs in the bottom of the sixth helped the Eagles close their deficit to 15-4. An RBI single by Mikayla Verhasselt, an error, and a passed ball gave the Eagles life. Laurel Locomotives closed the game out when Jones got Desirae to strike out.
Lacee Giddens's big day not enough, as the Eagles lose 15-3 to the Billings Central Rams
The Eagles wound up on the wrong side of a 15-3 score on Saturday, tasting defeat at the hands of the Billings Central Rams.
Rockwell got the win for the Billings Central Rams. She allowed three runs over five innings. Rockwell struck out five, walked four and gave up three hits.
The Billings Central Rams hammered the Eagles pitching as six hitters had a field day, combining for 14 hits, 10 RBIs and nine runs scored.
Lacee Giddens couldn't get it done on the rubber for the Eagles, taking a loss. She allowed 15 runs in five innings, walked two and struck out three.
The Billings Central Rams added nine more runs in the top of the second. A hit into a fielder's choice scored Meyer to start the scoring in the inning.
A three-run third inning helped bring the Eagles within 12. An error, an RBI single by Holly Papineau, and a groundout by Mikayla Verhasselt triggered the Eagles' comeback. Finally, Rockwell got Bryanna Christensen to fly out to end the threat.
Billings Central Rams