Butte Central’s nine-game winning streak was snapped with an 8-4 loss to Belgrade Saturday afternoon at Stodden Park.
The loss in the finale of the Laverne Combo Invitational, though, couldn’t put a damper on the spirit of the Maroons, who are playing their best with the Southwestern A divisional tournament just five days away.
“Overall, I am pleased,” said Butte Central coach Kelci Thatcher, whose Maroons closed the regular season at 14-6 overall. “They had a great weekend. We hit the ball well this weekend against some good teams.”
Butte Central senior right fielder Courtney Thomas keeps a runner from scoring with a quick throw following a Belgrade base hit.
Belgrade made sure it wasn’t perfect by scoring five runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Kristina West and Allie Alstrom each hit two-run singles to highlight the big inning which came right after the Maroons battled back to tie the game at 3.
Butte Central pulled to within four runs when Mollie Peoples doubled and scored on a Corbyn Holm groundout in the bottom of the sixth.
That was all they could muster off Belgrade pitcher Shania Neubauer, though, and the game was called after six by the game’s time limit.
“We were a little stagnant the first part of the game,” Thatcher said. “We really didn’t approach the plate as aggressive as we had the first three games.”
The coach praised her team for not going down quietly.
“The girls, they were resilient,” Thatcher said. “Even in this game they battled until the very end. They never game up.”
Butte Central led 1-0 after Peoples reached on an error and scored on a Rylee Green double in the bottom of the second inning.
That lead didn’t last, however, as the Panthers put a three spot on the board in the third.
Belgrade catcher Rylee Cygan hit a two-run single to score Kindall Bethke and Autumn Rollins, who both singled. Cygan scored on a single by Judy Taylor.
The lead held until the fifth when the Maroons loaded the bases with Mikayla Boggs, Green and Kate Ossello without a hit.
Shawnee Hjelt poked a two-strike hit to score courtesy runner Emily St. John before Ossello scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.
That’s where the good news ended for the home team, though.
Boggs, who was pitching in place of injured ace Teresa Piazzola, was stopped from winning her fourth game in three days when the Panthers started finding holes. Sophomore McKenzie Gallagher relieved Boggs and stopped the bleeding.
“Boggs did phenomenal again,” Thatcher said. “I think she got a little tired. I commend Gallagher. She came in and did excellent.”
Neubauer held the Maroons, who put up 31 runs through their first three games of the tournament to four hits. Green reached base three times with the double, a single and a walk.
The game was the finale in Butte in a BC uniform for seniors Green, Boggs, Shelby Paffhausen, Cassidy McGree and Courtney Thomas.
BC, which went 9-1 in conference play, will be the No. 2 seed in the divisional tournament. The Maroons tied with Hamilton for the league crown, and the Broncs won the tiebreaker.
The divisional tournament — this is the first year of the divisionals — begins Thursday in Anaconda. If weather prevents that tournament from being played, the league teams will qualify for the Class AA State tournament based on their conference records.
Belgrade 003 005 — 8 13 1 Butte Central 010 021 — 4 4 0 Shania Neubauer and Rylee Cygan; Mikayla Boggs, McKenzie Gallagher (6) and Kate Ossello. W — Neubauer. L — Boggs (4-3). BELGRADE — Kristina West 2-4, Skyla Neubauer 1-4, Kindall Bethke 1-4, Autumn Rollins 1-4, Allie Alstrom 1-4, Hanna Goulet 0-0, Cygan 2-4, Judy Taylor 2-3, Maddie Cade 2-2, Shania Neubauer 1-2, Jordan Branch 0-0. BUTTE CENTRAL (14-6) — Shawnee Hjelt 1-3, Shelby Paffhausen 0-3, Taylor Wahl 0-3, Mollie Peoples 1-3, Corbyn Holm 0-3, Boggs 0-1, Emily St. John 0-0, Gallagher 0-1, Rylee Green 2-2, Ossello 0-2, Cassidy McGree 0-2. 2B — Cygan; Peoples, Green. RBIs — West 2, Alstrom 2, Cygan 2, Taylor, Shania Neubauer; Hjelt, Holm, Green.
BELGRADE 8 BUTTE CENTRAL 4
BELGRADE VARSITY 2014 (8) AT BUTTE CENTRAL VARSITY 2014 (4)
BELGRADE VARSITY 201 AB R H BI BUTTE CENTRAL VARSIT AB R H BI
Kristina West 4 1 2 2 Shawnee Hjelt 3 0 1 1
Skyla Neubauer 4 1 1 0 Shelby Paffhausen 3 0 0 0
Kindall Bethke 4 1 1 0 Taylor Wahl 3 0 0 0
Autumn Rollins 4 1 1 0 Mollie Peoples 3 2 1 0
Alli Alstrom 4 0 1 2 Corbyn Holm 3 0 0 1
Rylee Cygan 4 1 2 2 Mikayla Boggs 1 0 0 0
Judy Taylor 3 1 2 1 McKenzie Gallagher 1 0 0 0
Maddie Cade 2 1 2 0 Rylee Green 2 0 2 1
Shania Neubauer 3 0 1 1 Kate Ossello 2 1 0 0
*Taylor Salsbury 0 1 0 0 Cassidy McGree 2 0 0 0
*Emily St. John 0 1 0 0
TOTALS 32 8 13 8 TOTALS 23 4 4 3
BELGRADE VARSITY 2014 003 005 0 -- 8
BUTTE CENTRAL VARSITY 2014 010 021 x -- 4
LOB--BELGRADE VARSITY 2014 7, BUTTE CENTRAL VARSITY 2014 4.
ERR--Kindall Bethke. 2B--Rylee Cygan, Rylee Green, Mollie
Peoples. HBP--Rylee Green. SB--Kindall Bethke.
BELGRADE VARSITY 2014 IP H R ER BB SO HR
Shania Neubauer 6.00 4 4 3 2 5 0
BUTTE CENTRAL VARSITY 2014
Mikayla Boggs 5.00 11 7 7 1 1 0
McKenzie Gallagher 1.00 2 1 1 0 1 0
WP--Shania Neubauer (3), Mikayla Boggs. SO--Autumn Rollins,
Kindall Bethke, Kate Ossello (2), Taylor Wahl (2), Shelby
Paffhausen. BB--Maddie Cade, Kate Ossello, Mikayla Boggs.
HAVRE 13 DEER LODGE 5
Havre 109 12 – 13
Deer Lodge 210 02 – 5
WP – D. Wagner. LP – K. Gray.
Havre – R. Majeres 1-1; P. Henderson 1-2; C. Bohn 1-3; D. Wagner 1-3; S. Carlson, 3-4; S. Boucher 2-4; H. Boucher 1-3; M. Mazurkiewicz 2-2; T. Mazurkiewicz 1-3; J. MacDonold, 0-4.
Deer Lodge – M. Thernaull 0-2; K. Gray 0-2; D. Walker 1-3; C. Golf 2-3; N. Padoriah 0-3; S. Forbes 0-3; E. Carroll 0-2; E. Bartor 0-2; M. Stefalo 0-1.
2B – Majeres, Boucher, Golf.
Columbia Falls 8, Havre 1
Columbia Falls 301 121 – 8
Havre 000 001 – 1
WP – A. Trueblood. LP – R. Majeres.
Columbia Falls – T. Hammer 2-4; W. Keropendin 2-4; A. Trueblood 2-4; A. Morrison 0-3; P. Kehr 2-4; M. Fetters 0-3; C. Brown 1-3; B. Frier 0-2; C. Murray 0-3; A. Canter 1-1; K. Price 1-1.
Havre – P. Henderson 0-2; R. Majeres 0-2; D. Wagner 2-2; S. Carlson 0-3; H. Boucher 0-2; T. Mazurkiewicz 1-2; J. Warren 1-2; C. Bohn 0-2; S. Huston 0-2, M. Mazurkiewicz 0-1.
The Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity built an early edge on Saturday, but Stevensville roared back to steal a 7-5 victory at Butte.
Stevensville took the lead in the fifth inning on a two-run single by Sam Hambrick.
Maddie Comes racked up three RBIs on two hits for the Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity. She homered in the first inning and singled in the second inning.
Carley Vercruyssen got the win for Stevensville despite allowing five runs over six innings. Carley Vercruyssen struck out three, walked none and gave up eight hits.
Cassi Miller was the game's losing pitcher. She lasted just three innings, walked two, struck out one, and allowed three runs.
The top of the first saw the Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity take an early lead, 4-0. The Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity attack began with a single from Teale Danell. An error then moved Teale from first to third. The Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity then tacked on more runs when Gremaux scored on a two-run home run by Maddie and Kindzerski scored on an RBI double by Paige Towne.
Stevensville survived the Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity's surge and put up one run of its own in the second. Stevensville scored on an RBI single by Carley Vercruyssen.
Stevensville never surrendered the lead after the fifth inning, scoring three runs on two singles.
Early lead not enough for the Eagles, drop 8-5 decision to Anaconda
The Eagles came out firing, but couldn't hang on to the lead, ending up on the losing side of an 8-5 ballgame against Anaconda on Saturday.
An error gave Anaconda the lead in the fourth inning.
Even though Cortright allowed five runs over six innings she still recorded the victory. Cortright struck out nine, walked three and gave up seven hits.
Anaconda was sparked by Moodry and Schaefer, who teamed up for four hits and four RBIs.
Lacee Giddens ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. She allowed eight runs in six innings, walked three and struck out nine.
The bottom of the first saw the Eagles take an early lead, 3-0. Madison Theissen got things going for the Eagles with a single. The Eagles pushed more runs across when Theissen scored on a passed ball and Verhasselt scored on an RBI single by Bryanna Christensen.
Anaconda stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the fourth, scoring four runs on two errors and a two-run single by Schaefer.
Brie Clifford was great on Saturday, throwing a no-hitter in Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity's 10-0 victory over Custer County High School.
No Custer County High School batter was able to locate Brie's pitches during the game. Brie threw a no-hitter, striking out nine batters and walking one while recording her momentous feat. She got Tori Ogolin to strike out for the final out of the game.
The biggest inning for Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity was the fourth. In the inning Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity scored seven runs. Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity scored in the fourth on an error, an error, a two-run single by Lacey Dolcater, and a three-run home run by Taylor Goligoski.
Taylor racked up three RBIs on one hit for Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity.
Lauren Wolf-Petroff was charged with the loss. She allowed 10 runs in four innings, walked three and struck out nine.
The lead stayed with Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity after the first, when it scored one run on an RBI double by Tayler Reynolds.
The Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity and Corvallis exchanged the lead five times on Saturday, but the Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity ended up on top with a 4-3 win in five innings over Corvallis.
The Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity took the lead in the fifth inning and held on for the victory. The Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity scored on an RBI single by Jessica Kindzerski off T Gagnon, bringing home Maddie Comes.
Karlie Southworth had a hot bat for the Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity. Karlie went 2-2 and scored one run. She singled in the second inning and tripled in the fifth inning.
Cassi Miller got it done on the rubber on the way to a win. She allowed one run over three innings. Cassi struck out one, walked two and gave up four hits.
T Gagnon was charged with the loss. She lasted just 4 2/3 innings, walked none, struck out two, and allowed four runs.
The Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. A solo blast by Paige Towne started the inning off.
The Fergus Golden Eagles Varsity quickly matched Corvallis' strong inning with a three-run inning of their own in the fifth.
Madison Theissen racked up three RBIs on three hits for the Eagles.
Madison DiFonzo got the win in relief for the Eagles. Madison DiFonzo pitched one inning and allowed no runs.
Higgins couldn't get it done in the circle for Browning, taking a loss. She allowed 16 runs in three innings, walked three and struck out three.
It didn't take long for the Eagles to respond as they scored six runs of their own in the third. The Eagles scored on an error, , an RBI double by Tudie Crosby, an error, an RBI single by Jordan, and an RBI single by Madison Theissen.
An impressive two-way performance from Brie Clifford led Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity to a 6-5 win Saturday over Park County High School, as Brie came up huge at the dish and on the rubber.
Brie racked up two RBIs on two hits for Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity. She singled in the third inning and homered in the fifth inning.
Brie was a workhorse in the circle while bagging the win for Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity. Brie allowed two earned runs, six hits and no walks while striking out 13 over eight innings of work.
Sierra Higgs ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. She lasted just 7 1/3 innings, walked none, struck out five, and allowed five runs.
Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity caught fire after Taylor Goligoski singled. Then Tayler Reynolds doubled, scoring Taylor.
Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity scored one run in the second inning, and then followed it up with one more in the eighth. In the second, Hamilton Lady Broncs Varsity scored on an RBI single by Lacey Dolcater, bringing home Sydney Bergren.
Saturday was a great day for Hannah England, as Hannah tossed a shutout to carry Loggers to a 5-0 victory over Anaconda Copperheads at Stodden #1 in six innings.
Loggers' Hannah kept Anaconda Copperheads off the scoreboard for all six innings she was in the circle. She pitched a shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on two hits while ringing up nine.
Loggers was led by Devon Gallagher's hitting. Devon went 2-3, drove in one and scored one run. She doubled in the first inning and singled in the third inning.
A Mavrinac ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. She lasted just 5 1/3 innings, walked two, struck out two, and allowed five runs.
Loggers never trailed after scoring two runs in the first on an RBI double by Devon and an error.
Audrey Schurg went 2-3 as Dillon Beavers Varsity took home an 8-3 victory over Cut Bank in six innings at Laverne combo tourney on Saturday.
She singled in the first and second innings.
Lauren Holtan put together a nice outing. Cut Bank managed just three hits off of the Dillon Beavers Varsity's pitcher, who allowed two earned runs, walked two and struck out two during her six innings of work.
A Suta was charged with the loss. She allowed eight runs in five innings, walked one and struck out one.
Cut Bank jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
The game was never in doubt after the first, as Dillon Beavers Varsity scored three runs on an RBI single by Shaylee Ericksen.
Dillon Beavers Varsity increased its lead with four runs in the second. Audrey's single got things going, plating Karissa Coppin and Savannah Hansen.
A two-run sixth inning helped bring Cut Bank within five. A bases loaded walk by E Pyette and a sacrifice fly by J Vaile gave Cut Bank life. Dillon Beavers Varsity closed the game out when Lauren got A Suta to.
S. Temple and A. Mittlestadt; Sabrina Friday, Taylor Gagnon (3), Taia Tully (3), Gagnon (4) and Brenna Bourgeois, Friday (3).
Glendive — W. Mintz 1-2, H. Strolie 1-3, L. Petersen 1-2, A. Mittlestadt 0-2, C. Ryan 1-3, B. Huschka 1-3, S. Deines 0-2, S. Temple 1-2, A. Gildos 0-1. RBIs: Mintz, Petersen, Mittlestadt, Ryan, Huschka, Gildos.
Corvallis — Nicole Turner 0-2, Tully 1-3, Kira Doyle 0-2, Gagnon 0-3, Bourgeois 1-1, Friday 0-2, Bobbie Stephen 1-1, Kenley Fields 1-2, Hannah Brown 1-2. RBIs: Bourgeois 2.
Polson 12, Miles City 1
Bagnell and Kenney; Lauren Wolf-Petroff and Madison Hill. WP: Bagnell. LP: Wolf-Petroff.
Miles City — Wolf-Petroff 1-3, Sierra Niedge 0-2, Mackenzie Helland 2-2, Gabby Richardson 0-2, Kristen Selk 0-2, Chelsea Davis 0-2, Hill 0-2, Gierke 0-2, Jenna Swope 1-2. RBIs: Helland.
Hamilton 10, Miles City 0
WP: Brie Clifford. LP: Lauren Wolf-Petroff.
Miles City — Wolf-Petroff 0-1, Sierra Niedge 0-2, Mackenzie Helland 0-2, Gabby Richardson 0-2, Kristen Selk 0-2, Chelsea Davis 0-2, Madison Hill 0-2, Tori Ogolin 0-2, Jenna Swope 0-1.
Hamilton — McKayl Rothie 1-3, Clifford 1-3, Taylor Goligoski 1-2, Tayler Reynolds 2-3, Shaylan Mohn 1-3, Lauren Dolcater 0-3, Sydney Bergren 0-2, Lacey Dolcater 1-2, Kloie Nye 0-2, Katie Wickham 0-1. 2B: Reynolds. HR: Goligoski. RBIs: Goligoski 3, Reynolds, Dolcater.
Highlights -- Brie Clifford threw a no-hitter and was one walk from pitching a perfect game for the Broncs. Clifford struck out nine in a game that was called after five frames due to the 10-run margin rule.
C. Miller, C. Carpenter (4) and K. Southworth. Carly Vercruyssen and Megan Finley. W – Vercruyssen. L – Miller.
Lewistown — T. Danall 2-4, A. Gremaux 0-2, M. Comes 2-3, C Miller 0-2, S. Alexander 0-1, J. Kindzeski 1-3, Nora Weichel 0-2, P. Towne 2-3, K. Southworth 0-3, J. Gapay 0-3. 2B: Danall, Kindzeski, Towne. HR: Comes. RBIs: Comes 3, Towne.
Lewistown scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth on three Corvallis errors to sneak past the Blue Devils.
Only one Lewistown run came with an RBI, that being a Paige Towne solo home run.
Nicole Turner had two hits for Corvallis and Bobbie Stephen drove in a run. The Devils missed a fourth and potentially game-tying run in the fifth inning when Taylor Gagnon was ruled out on a tag at home after a run-down between third base and the plate.
Corvallis 001 02 – 3 6 6
Lewistown 010 03 – 4 5 5
Gagnon and Bourgeois. Cassi Miller and Karlie Southworth. W – Miller. L – Gagnon.
Carly Vercruyssen pitched 3 2-3 innings of the four-inning shortened tournament game and limited Columbus to three hits in that time. All the rest of the damage was done while she was out of the game briefly in the third inning after getting hit by a pitch in the bottom of the second.
Stevi gave its pitchers plenty of support, though. Jenna Lockman had a triple and four RBIs and Megan Finley had another two runs batted in. Vercruyssen was also 2 for 2 and added an RBI.
Columbus 004 0 – 4 8 3
Stevi 254 1 – 12 8 1
Kayla Braden and Hannah Heatke. Vercruyssen, Hinson (3), Vercruyssen (3) and Finley. W – Vercruyssen. L
The steady on-task pitching by senior Mikayla Boggs combined with Butte Central pressure that might have led to Laurel self-destructing defensively. The mix resulted in an 8-2 victory for the Maroons. The win was in Saturday afternoon play at Stodden Park in the BC-hosted LaVerne Combo Invitational high school girls’ softball tournament. The tourney involved 22 Class A teams and three Class B entries in games held at Stodden Park, Copper Mountain Youth Sports Park and the Longfellow Complex. Boggs and Laurel pitcher Paige Hodges matched no-hitters through three innings and shutouts through four. Locomotive second baseman Katie Williams broke up Boggs’ no-hitter with a hot shot down the third baseline for a one-out infield single with one on, via Boggs’ only issued walk, in the fourth. Boggs retired the next two hitters on a foul popup and a groundout. Butte Central ended Hodges’ bid in the bottom half of the inning. Freshmen Mollie Peoples and Corbyn Holm swatted back-to-back two-out singles to the outfield before the inning ended on a popup. Boggs finished with a five-hitter, giving up three of the hits in the top of the seventh inning. All of the Locomotives’ hits were singles. Her shutout lasted five innings. The Maroons touched Hodges for eight hits, including a double by Taylor Wahl. They scored in the fifth. The victory was BC’s ninth in a row and it was a seven-run sixth inning that determined the outcome. Boggs walked one and struck out one as she remained dependable replacing team ace Teresa Piazzola in the pitcher’s circle for the time being. Piazzola has been out with a hip injury. “I know our defense is good enough,” Boggs said as she alluded to her successfully pitching to contact and letting her teammates make their plays. “I think I was placing my fastball pretty well, but my changeup is my favorite pitch.” The game was called well, indicating the Butte Central coaching staff had done its homework well on the Laurel hitters and that Boggs and her catcher, Holm, executed the game plan well. Changing the speed on the pitches let Boggs keep the opposing batter off-balance. “I didn’t know them well,” Boggs said of the Locomotives. “I they were second in their conference and that they would be pretty good. Our coaches did a good job.” The heavier load hasn’t shown on Boggs. She said she awoke Saturday morning with some stiffness in her arm, but that it was worked out by game time. Butte Central went ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Rylee Green was safe on a dropped throw and took second base as Katie Ossello deftly put down a sacrifice bunt. Shawnee Hjelt delivered the run-scoring single to center field. The Locomotives tied the score with a run in the sixth. Maurissa Gunn led off with a single to center field, took second on a sacrifice bunt by Kylee Hergenrider, third on a wild pitch and tallied on a groundout by Williams. The Maroons broke the tilt open with seven runs in the sixth, the burst helped by a pair of Laurel errors and a wild pitch. Peoples began the eruption with a single to right field in an inning that saw 11 BC girls bat. Holm singled to center and Peoples took third on the hit. Holm went to second on the throw to third that was too late to catch Peoples. Boggs then punched a ground ball to the right side of the infield. It was booted into the outfield and both Peoples and McKenzie Gallagher, the courtesy runner for catcher Holm, scored on the error. One out later, Green singled to center field and Courtney Thomas, Boggs’ courtesy runner, took third base on the hit. Ossello singled home Thomas. Hjelt reached on a fielding error and Shelby Paffhausen worked a full count into a base on balls to load the bases. Ossello raced home on a wild pitch and then Wahl walloped her double into the left-field corner, driving in both Hjelt and Paffhausen, before the inning ended. The Locomotives looked at a large 8-1 deficit to start the seventh inning, but didn’t surrender. Hodges reached on a bad-hop single to start the inning and Brianne Jones followed with a base hit up the middle. One out later, Hailey Maurer looped a single into short left field to fill the bags. Kylie Goodson bounced a comebacker to Boggs, who conceded the run for the easier out at first. Gunn then grounded out to Green at third base to end the game.
Laurel 000 001 1 — 2 5 4 Butte Central 000 017 x — 8 8 2 Paige Hodges and Hailey Spitzer. Mikayla Boggs and Corbyn Holm. W — Boggs. L — Hodges. LAUREL — Kylie Goodson 0-4, Maurissa Gunn 1-4, Kylee Hergenrider 0-1, Katie Williams 1-3, Hailey Spitzer 0-3, Paige Hodges 1-3, Marcie Kincel-Garay 0-0, Brianne Jones 1-3, Sadie Kincel-Garay 0-0, Dakota Boehler 0-3, Hailey Maurer 1-3. BUTTE CENTRAL — Emily St. John 0-0, Shawnee Hjelt 1-4, Shelby Paffhausen 0-3, Taylor Wahl 1-4, Mollie Peoples 2-4, Corbyn Holm 2-3, McKenzie Gallagher 0-0, Mikayla Boggs 0-2, Courtney Thomas 0-0, Cassidy McGree 0-3, Rylee Green 1-3, Kate Ossello 1-2. Extra-base hit — 2B — Wahl. Runs batted in — Laurel 2 (Goodson 1, Williams 1); Butte Central 4 (Wahl 2, Hjelt 1, Ossello 1).