BUTTE – Polson blew open a close game with four runs in the top of the fourth to take a 7-2 win over Havre at the Laverne Combo softball invitational on Friday.
Jaylin Kenney had a pair of hits and Kaelen Wall smacked a home run and had two RBIs to lead Polson (12-3).
Tori Mazurkiewicz led Havre with two hits and an RBI.
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Jessica Bagnell and Jaylin Kenney. R Majeres and S Carlson. W – Bagnell. L – Majeres.
POLSON – Kenney 2-4, Jaiden Toth 1-4, Bagnell 0-3, Emma Shew 0-0, Kaelen Wall 1-1, Hannah Potter 1-4, Taylor Brackey 1-4, Kyrie Bitterman 1-3, Sarah Rausch 0-2, Lydia Dupuis 1-2, Hayley Fyant 0-1, Ashley Benson 0-1, Skyla Krantz 1-1.
HAVRE – S Boucher 0-3, M Mazurkiewicz 0-3, P Henderson 0-3, Majeres 1-3, D Wagner 1-3, Carlson 1-3, T Mazurkiewicz 2-3, H Boucher 1-2, J Warren 0-2.
2B – Kenney; T Mazurkiewicz. HR – Wall. RBIs – Kenney, Toth, Wall 2, Rauch; T Mazurkiewicz.
Polson 19, Glendive 1
The Pirates scored in every inning on their way to a five-inning blowout win over Glendive.
Kaelen Wall had a monster game, going 5 for 5 with seven runs batted in. Jaylin Kenney matched her 5-of-5 day and added another two RBIs and Jessica Bagnell and Kyrie Bitterman each drove in three runs.
Glendive’s lone score came on a fourth-inning solo home run from Wyniah Mintz.
Hamiltonmade short work of Lewistown in a game cut to four innings because of the tournament’s time constraints.
Taylor Goligoski led the Broncs’ offense with a 3-for-4 day that included four RBIs, but six otherHamiltongirls also drove in runs. McKayl Rothie had two from the leadoff spot and scored four times as well.
Brie Clifford was also 3 for 3 batting and pitched the first three innings without allowing a run. Lewistown’s scores came on a two-run home run from Jessica Kindzerski in the fourth.
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Cassi Miller, Carley Carpenter (2), Jessica Gapay (3) and n/a. Brie Clifford, Shaylan Mohn (4) and n/a. W – Clifford. L – Miller.
LEWISTOWN – Teale Danell 0-2, Ali Gremaux 0-2, Maddie Comes 1-1, Miller 0-2, Jessica Kindzerski 1-2, Hannah Weeden 0-0, Nora Weichel 1-2, Paige Towne 1-2, Karlie Southworth 1-1, Shelby Alexander 0-1, Gapay 0-1.
HAMILTON – McKayl Rothie 2-2, Clifford 3-3, Julia Zepeda 1-1, Taylor Goligoski 3-4, Tayler Reynolds 1-4, Mohn 1-3, Lauren Dolcater 2-4, Sydney Bergren 1-3, Lacey Dolcater 2-2, Kloie Nye 0-3.
STEVENSVILLE – Jenna Lockman 1-3, Vercruyssen 0-3, Cammie Beller 2-3, Finley 2-3, Sam Hambrick 0-3, Callie Lendman 0-2, Mariah Hinson 1-2, Taylor Rauch 0-2, Madison Boesch 1-2.
2B – Schleicher, C. Vorsland, H. Vorsland; Finley. HR – Ingram 2, Higgs. RBIs – Schleicher , Ingram 6, C. Vorsland, Vorsland, Higgs, Murphy, Corder; Finley, Beller, Hinson.
Miles City 9, Stevensville 2
Carly Vercruyssen and Sam Hambrick managed singles off of Miles City pitcher Lauren Wolfe-Petroff, but the Cowgirls’ hurler blanked every other Yellowjacket in a six-inning two-hitter.
Callie Lendman had a Stevensville RBI to tie things up 1-1 in the top of the second, but Madissen Hill thrust Miles City back ahead with a pair of triples and Mikayla Helland finished with four RBIs on 3 of 4 hitting in the victory.
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Hinson and Lendman. Lauren Wolfe-Petroff and Madissen Hill. W – Wolfe-Petroff. L – Hinson.
The Anaconda High softball team picked the wrong time to play Laurel at the Laverne Combo.
The Locomotives, who have spent the better part of the season seeking consistency, arrived at Stodden Park on Friday morning and ended up having one of its better games.
Hailey Spitzer went 2 for 2, including a two-run home run in an eight-run fourth inning as the Locomotives beat the Copperheads, 11-3, in the tournament opener for both teams.
“It was errors that killed us there and Laurel did hit the ball well, but it was just fundamental errors,” Anaconda head coach Dotsie Shafer said.
Perhaps even more impressive than the Laurel offense was pitcher Brianne Jones, who retired the first eight batters she faced and accomplished the rare task keeping Anaconda leadoff hitter Courtney Moodry without a hit.
The Copperheads were able generate some offense against the Locomotives but on a day like Friday, it wasn’t nearly enough.
“This game was huge for us,” said Laurel coach Greg Branstetter. “We’ve been up and down all season so we needed a game like this. We put the bat on the ball and got some strong pitching.”
Anaconda pitcher Kristy Hayden performed admirably, keeping the Copperheads within reach, until the fateful fourth.
The Locomotives took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Spitzer hit a leadoff double and scored on a single by Jones. Laurel added two runs in the third inning – one unearned – when Ayla Grandpre reached on an error and later scored on a bases-loaded walk. Kylie Goodson added the second run of the inning by scoring on a sacrifice fly to left field.
Anaconda started to figure out Jones by the top of the fourth inning, scoring its first run on back-to-back doubles by Lacee Moodry and Delanie Chapman.
The Laurels responded in the home half of the fourth by sending 13 batters to the plate and extending their lead to 11-1.
The Copperheads needed to score at least one run in the top of the fifth to keep the game going and showed their toughness in doing so. Chloe Worl led off the inning with an infield single. Bailee Oxnam entered the game as a pinch-runner and made her way to third base on a couple of wild pitches. Hayden walked, and Hannah Schaefer followed with a single to right field, scoring Oxnam. A sacrifice fly by Lacee Moodry scored Hayden.
Because of the full slate of games scheduled for Friday and today, all contests were held to a time limit. Though the Copperheads scored enough runs in the fifth inning to continue playing, they opted to stop the game because time would have likely run out during Laurel’s fifth-inning at-bat.
“We hit the ball well and we knew we had the pitching,” Branstetter said. “They just had to get their confidence up.”
Laurel 11, Anaconda 3
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Kristy Hayen and Courtney Moodry; Brianne Jones and Hailey Spitzer. WP – Spitzer; LP – Hayden. 2B – Ana: Lacee Moodry, Delanie Chapman; Lau: Spitzer Kylee Hergenrider. HR – Spitzer. RBIs – Ana: Chapman, Hannah Schaefer, L. Moodry; Lau: Spitzer 3, Williams 2, Dakota Bochler 2, Jones, Hergenrider, Ayla Grandpre.
Anaconda 11, Hardin 4
Anaconda used first inning home runs by Delanie Chapman and Sara Schaefer to take an early 3-0 lead.
Schaefer added another round tripper two innings later to bring home two runs and give the Copperheads a 6-2 lead.
A two-RBI single by Mavrinac in the same inning upped the Anaconda edge to 8-2 before the Copperheads added two more runs prior to Hardin finally getting out of the inning,
Lacee Moodry paced Anaconda with three hits while Chapman and Schaefer each recorded three RBI.
Shafer said her team’s four games at the tournament are crucial in preparing for the postseason, which begins next week.
“It gives us a chance to work on our fundamentals and on our certain strengths and get that extra practice in,” Shafer said. “Sara hitting her first one out (Thursday) and then again here (against Hardin) — now the other girls are stepping up big at the plate and that can only help be a boost for them.”
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Andrea Mavrinac and Haanah Schaefer, Sadye Small, Miranda Blankenship (3) and Sarah Edgar; WP – Mavrinac
Dayln Germany went 3-3 at the plate as Loggers took home a 6-2 victory over Havre Blue Ponies in seven innings at Stodden #1 on Friday.
She doubled in the second inning and singled in the fourth and sixth innings.
Hannah England's 13 strikeouts were enough to push Loggers past Havre Blue Ponies. Hannah allowed two earned runs, five hits and two walks over seven innings.
R Majenes couldn't get it done on the rubber for Havre Blue Ponies, taking a loss. She allowed six runs in six innings, walked two and struck out three.
Loggers went up for good in the second, scoring two runs on a groundout by Rachel Rebo.
One run in the top of the sixth helped Havre Blue Ponies close its deficit to 3-1. A solo home run by R triggered Havre Blue Ponies' comeback. T Maz struck out to end the Havre Blue Ponies threat.
Loggers answered Havre Blue Ponies' top inning with three runs of its own in the sixth. Loggers scored on an RBI single by Dayln, a bases loaded walk by Brooke Rosling, and a groundout by Madisen Monigold.
One run in the top of the seventh helped Havre Blue Ponies close its deficit to 6-2. An RBI double by C Bohn gave Havre Blue Ponies life. But, Hannah got P Henderson to strike out to end the game.
Maddie Comes had two extra base hits, helping the Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity to a 3-1 victory over Columbia Falls on Friday at Butte.
She doubled in the fourth inning and homered in the sixth inning.
Cassi Miller had an impressive outing against Columbia Falls' lineup. Columbia Falls managed just three hits off of the the Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity's pitcher, who allowed one earned run, walked two and struck out none during her six innings of work.
Katie Price couldn't get it done in the circle for Columbia Falls, taking a loss. She lasted just 5 2/3 innings, walked one, struck out 10, and allowed two runs.
Columbia Falls managed to score one run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Peyto Kehr.
After a quick strike from Columbia Falls, the Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity responded with one run in the fourth. The Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity scored on an RBI double by Maddie.
The Butte Central softball team is officially on a tear.
The Maroons pounded 13 hits and beat Whitefish 11-1 in five innings Friday night on Field No. 3 at Stodden Park. The win came just hours after the Maroons beat Billings Central 12-2, also in five innings.
The games were part of the first day of the two-day Laverne Combo Invitational tournament, which features 49 games on five fields in the Mining City.
“We had a great hitting day,” Butte Central coach Kelci Thatcher said. “Twenty-three runs in not even 10 innings. That’s the most I can remember we’ve hit.”
The hits are coming from up and down the lineup, too.
“I just told them, ‘I couldn’t be more proud of you,’” Thatcher said. ” One through nine is hitting.”
The non-conference win was the eighth straight for BC, which improved 13-5 on the season.
“It’s perfect timing,” said Thatcher, whose Maroons head to Anaconda for the Southwestern A Divisional tournament next week. “I feel like we’re peaking at the right tem. The girls are buying into it, and they all have confidence in one another. If they’re not playing, they’re cheering. They just have a great team chemistry going on, and I credit that to a lot of our success.”
The coach also praised her team defense, which was highlighted by nice plays from senior third baseman Rylee Green and sophomore second baseman Shawnee Hjelt in the nightcap.
“The last three games especially or defense looks like it’s finally comfortable,” Thatcher said. “Overall it’s the most relaxed I’ve seen them play.”
The 13 hits backed up McKenzie Gallagher, a freshman who got her first varsity start pitching. Gallagher scattered five singles and let her defense do the work behind her.
Freshman McKenzie Gallagher delivers a first-inning pitch Friday.
“Gallagher, she hits her spots,” Thatcher said. “She doesn’t have the speed like Mikayla (Boggss) or Teresa (Piazzola), but her ability to place the ball where it needs to be placed to get ground balls is phenomenal. That’s why we can throw here.”
Gallagher’s performance came after Boggs filled in the last two games for ace pitcher Teresa Piazzola, who is expected back by divisionals.
“I can’t say enough about Boggs,” Thatcher said. “She stepped up huge yesterday against Anaconda, and she had a huge day against Billings Central. They’re first in their conference.”
Friday, the Maroons gave Gallagher more than enough run support.
The big hit of Friday’s late game came from freshman first baseman Mollie Peoples, who drilled her first career varsity home run. It was a two-run jack to left-center field that extended BC’s lead to 7-1.
Freshman shortstop Taylor Wahl doubled in a 3-for-3 effort. She scored three runs. Sophomore catcher Kate Ossello also went 3-3, while Hjelt hit two singles to join Peoples with a two-hit game.
Peoples drove in three runs, and senior Courtney Thomas hit a two-run single. Boggs and fellow senior Shelby Paffhausen each hit a double, and Paffhausen, Wahl, Sadie McLaughlin and Ossello each drove in a run.
The Bulldogs actually led the game in the first inning. Haley Harris hit an infield single and scored on an error.
Paffhausen, though, walked and took second on Wahl’s double. She tied the game on a ground out by Peoples.
Boggs then bounced the ball over the fence in left-center to put the Maroons on top for good.
BC will try to extend the winning streak Saturday, and it won’t be easy because they play a pair of perennial contenders.
The Maroons play Laurel at 12:30 p.m. before closing the tournament against Belgrade at 4. Both games will be on Stodden’s Field No. 3.
Whitefish 100 00 — 1 5 2 Butte Central 252 2x — 11 13 2 Jordan Sletten and Haley Harris; McKenzie Gallagher and Kate Ossello. W — Gallagher (1-0). L — Sletten. WHITEFISH — Georgia Donaldson 1-2, Harris 2-3, Sletten 0-3, Kenzie Carl 1-1, Madi Davis 0-2, Michaela McDowell 0-2, Micah McFeeley 1-2, Savvanah Eisenbarth 0-2, Abby Reese 0-2. BUTTE CENTRAL (13-5) — Shawnee Hjelt 2-3, Shelby Paffhausen 1-2, Taylor Wahl 3-3, Mollie Peoples 2-3, Mikayla Boggs 1-3, Rylee Green 0-2, Sadie McLaughlin 0-1, Ossello 3-3, Gallagher 0-3, Courtney Thomas 1-1, Erin McGeehan 0-0. HR — Peoples. 2B — Paffhausen, Wahl, Boggs. RBIs — Peoples 3, Thomas 2, Paffhausen, Wahl, Green, McLaughlin, Ossello.
Maroons knock off Rams, 12-2
Updated: May 16, 2014
Butte Central freshman catcher Corbyn Holm eyes a base runner before throwing the ball back to pitcher Mikayla Boggs Friday afternoon at Stodden Park. The Maroons beat Billings Central 12-2. (Bill Foley photo)
Maybe it was having ESP that produced ESPN highlights-like hitting efforts for Butte Central sophomore Shawnee Hjelt on Friday as the Maroons opened their stay in their own LaVerne Combo Invitational high school girls’ softball tournament. Hjelt’s hitting, a 4-for-4 performance with two doubles, backed some standout pitching by senior Mikayla Boggs as the BC girls beat Billings Central 12-2 at Stodden Park in a game ended in the middle of the fifth inning by the 10-run difference rule. The win was Butte Central’s seventh in a row. They team played Whitefish later in the day and is scheduled to go up against Laurel and Central A Conference leader Belgrade on Saturday in the 25-team Combo Invitational, which is being held on fields at Stodden Park, Copper Mountain Park and at the Longfellow Complex. All of the Maroons’ games are being played on Field No. 3 at Stodden Park. “Absolutely, I had a big day at the plate,” Hjelt said while radiating smiles. “I was actually surprised, but really happy.” She was the designated player and batted first in the Butte Central lineup. Her collection of hits included a single to left in the bottom of the first inning, a double to left in the second, and a line-drive infield hit off the glove of Billings Central pitcher Skyler Rockwell and a two-run double to left-center, both in the fourth inning. The last double provided Butte Central with the winning margin needed to end the game early. Finishing early was important, too, as the tournament had gotten behind schedule when lightning caused a one-hour, 10-minute game delay midway through the third inning. The Maroons took a 5-1 advantage into the bottom of the fourth as Boggs had limited the Rams’ offensive opportunities and slugged a line-shot home run earlier. The senior right-hander has played much of the year as the No. 2 hurler for the Maroons, but a hip injury sidelined sophomore Teresa Piazzola, the usual starter. Hjelt began the bottom of the fourth with her line drive that caromed off of Rockwell’s glove. Shelby Paffhausen followed with a single to right. Hjelt raced to third base on the hit and Paffhausen soon took second base on a steal. Taylor Wahl then stroked a flyball to deep left field. It was dropped. Hjelt scored on the sacrifice fly and Paffhausen sped home on the error. Rockwell posted a pair of strikeouts before Rylee Green pounded a liner off the glove of Ram third baseman Sammy McNeely for an infield hit. Wahl scored on the shot. Boggs then reached on an error and Cassidy McGree walked to load the bases. Emily St. John beat out an infield hit that scored a run and kept the bags full. Hjelt then deliver her double into center field that rolled past the defender. Boggs’ courtesy runner, Courtney Thomas, and McGree tallied on the hit and St. John loped home on the error. The play gave the Maroons a 12-1 command before Billings Central got its next at-bats. “The last one was a changeup, but I knew it was coming,” Hjelt said of the two-run double. “I had three balls and two strikes and I thought it would be a changeup.” She was on it and mashed it. Butte Central scored seven runs in the inning and sent 11 batters to the plate. The Rams tried to rally in the fifth, but fell way short. Aubrey Walter reached on an one-out infield hit and MacKenzie Redman batted a grounder that was fielded in the infield. However, the throw was dropped on a fielder’s choice play and so the Rams had two runners on base with one out. Butte Central tried to pick Walter off third base, but the throw was wide and hopped into left-field foul ground. Walter scored. Boggs, however, retired the next two Billings Central batters on a groundout and a flyout. Boggs struck out one and walked one in her win. “It was different without Piazzola,” Hjelt said, agreeing that Boggs turned in a strong performance. “Our defense has been great and everybody is being aggressive at the plate. That helps.” Butte Central took a 1-0 lead in the last of the first inning as Mollie Peoples clubbed a ground-rule double that hopped the center-field fence, driving in Hjelt, who had singled. The Rams tied the score in the top of the second as Molly Day accepted Boggs’ only walk of the day, then scored two outs later on a base hit to left by McNeely. The Maroons responded with three runs in their half of the inning. Boggs led off with her blast over the center-field fence. Two outs later, Hjelt doubled to left, then scored as Paffhausen hit a single that bounced past the Billings Central fielder. Paffhausen reached third on the error and came home when Wahl whacked a single to center field. Corbyn Holm hammered a triple to left-center field to start the bottom of the third inning after the lightning delay. Billings Central center fielder Alison Walter appeared to injure her leg on the plant and pivot as she corralled the ball and tried to throw it to the infield. She needed to be helped off the field and was replaced by Josie Snyder. Boggs lofted a one-out sacrifice fly to left field that brought Holm home. Every player in the Maroons’ batting order recorded at least one hit in the 14-hit attack. Paffhausen and Wahl knocked two apiece to back Hjelt’s four. Aubrey Walter registered two hits for Billings Central. Rockwell pitched the distance. She struck out two batters and walked one. All six of the Rams’ hits were singles.
Billings Central 010 01x x — 2 6 4 Butte Central 131 7xx x — 12 14 3 Skyler Rockwell and Addy Daubert. Mikayla Boggs and Corbyn Holm. W — Boggs. L — S. Rockwell. BILLINGS CENTRAL — Aubrey Walter 2-3, MacKenzie Redman 1-3, Skyler Rockwell 0-2, Addy Daubert 1-3, Alison Walter 0-2, Josie Snyder 0-0, Molly Day 0-1, Morgan Smith 0-2, Macy Rockwell 0-0, Maggie Meyer 1-2, Sammy McNeely 1-2. BUTTE CENTRAL — McKenzie Gallagher 0-0, Shawnee Hjelt 4-4, Shelby Paffhausen 2-4, Taylor Wahl 2-2, Mollie Peoples 1-3, Corbyn Holm 1-3, Rylee Green 1-3, Mikayla Boggs 1-2, Courtney Thomas 0-0, Cassidy McGree 1-2, Emily St. John 1-3. Extra-base hits — 2B — Peoples, Hjelt 2. 3B — Holm. HR — Boggs. Runs batted in — Billings Central 1 (McNeely); Butte Central 9 (Hjelt 2, Wahl 2, Boggs 2, Peoples 1, Green 1, St. John 1).
Friday was a great day for Brie Clifford, as Brie tossed a shutout to carry Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity to a 6-0 victory over Sidney High School at Butte Central High School in seven innings.
Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity got the win thanks in large part to Brie's dominant, 13-strikeout performance. Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity's pitcher gave up just four hits over seven shutout innings.
Five runs in the opening three innings allowed Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity to easily put away Sidney High School. A two-run home run by Taylor Goligoski during the first inning fueled Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity's offense early.
Taylor had two extra-base hits for Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity.
Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity shut the door early on Fergus County High School, capturing a 20-2 victory on Friday at Butte Central High School.
The game was decided quickly as Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity exerted its will early with 20 runs in the first three innings.
A two-run double by Taylor Goligoski, an error, a passed ball, and an RBI single by Lacey Dolcaterin the first inning and a passed ball during the second inning supplied the early offense for Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity.
Taylor racked up four RBIs on three hits for Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity.
Brie Clifford looked sharp on the rubber. Fergus County High School managed just three hits off of Clifford, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out five during her three innings of work.
Carley Carpenter ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. She allowed 14 runs in one inning, walked two and struck out none.
Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity added 14 more runs in the bottom of the third. A error scored Lauren Dolcater to get Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity on the board in the inning. That was followed up by McKayl Rothie's single, bringing home Sydney Bergren.