WHITEFISH – The Polson softball team strengthened its grip on the No. 2 spot in the Northwestern A standings Tuesday with a 22-0 blowout victory over Whitefish.
The win improves the Pirates’ league record to 5-2, trailing only the spotless 6-0 mark that Frenchtown holds. Polson leads third-place Libby (3-3) by a game and a half and the teams will end their conference slate together. Polson travels to Libby on Friday.
The Pirates won the only other meeting between the two this spring, an 8-2 decision in Polson that snapped Libby’s seven-game win streak to open the season.
On Tuesday, Jaylin Kenney set the pace for Polson (15-3 overall) by batting 4 for 6 out of the leadoff spot. Jessica Bagnell, who pitched for the victory, was 3 for 4 and Lydia Dupuis was also 3 for 5.
Bagnell limited Whitefish (0-7, 2-17) to four hits.
Polson 061 5(10) – 22 22 x
Whitefish 000 00 – 0 4 x
Jessica Bagnell and Jaylin Kenney. Halle Reading and Jordan Sletten. W – Bagnell. L – Reading.
POLSON – Jaylin Kenney 4-6, Jaiden Toth 2-4, Jessica Bagenll 3-4, Kaelen Wall 2-4, Hannah Potter 1-3, Taylor Brackey 3-5, Kyree Bitterman 2-3, Sarah Rausch 2-2, Lydia Dupuis 3-5.
WHITEFISH – Malia Morris 1-3, Georgia Donaldson 1-2, Jordan Sletten 1-2, Kenzie Carl 0-2, Machaela McDowell 0-2, Madi Davis 0-2, Micah McFeely 1-2, Halle Reading 0-2, Savannah Eisenbarth 0-2.
2B – Bagnell, Bitterman.
sb gm stat supplement
Polson 22, Whitefish 0
Polson 0 6 1 5 (10) – 22 13 1
Whitefish 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 2 5
Jessica Bagnell and Jaylin Kenney. Halle Reading and Jordan Sletten.
W – Bagnell (4K, 2H, 0W). L – Reading (0K, 13H, 11W, 4HP).
POLSON – Jaylin Kenney 3-5 (W), Jaiden Toth 1-2 (3W), Haley Fyant 0-1, Jessica Bagnell 2-3 (HP,W), Kaelen Wall 0-3 (2W,E), Hannah Potter 0-2 (2W,HP), Taylor Brackey 1-5 (FC,2E), Kyrie Bitterman 1-2 (2W,E), Emma Shew 0-1, Sarah Rausch 0-0 (2HP,W), Ashley Benson 1-2 (FC), Lydia Dupuis 2-4, Kania Smith 1-1.
WHITEFISH – Malia Morris 1-3, Georgia Donaldson 0-2 (FC), Jordan Sletten 0-2 (E), Kenzie Carl 0-2, Machaela McDowell 0-2, Madi Davis 0-2, Micah McFeely 1-2, Halle Reading 0-2, Savannah Eisenbarth 0-2.
2B – Bagnell 2, *Bitterman. Sac - Bagnell.
RBIs - Kenney 4, Toth 2, Bagnell 4, Shew, Benson, Dupuis 3.
SB - Kenney 2, Toth 2, Bitterman, Dupuis 2, Benson.
Runs - Kenney 3, Toth 3, Bagnell 2, Wall, Potter 2, Brackey 2, Bitterman 2, Rausch 2, Benson 2, Dupuis 3.
*STAT SPEC ANOMALY NOTES:
top2nd, 2ndAB - Bitterman 2B double credit rescinded to 1B single plus error by outfielder on account of misplay. Ball ticked the glove of outfielder upon descent, which provides legitimate case for some evaluators to score play exclusively as an error. But Polson coaching staff as well as manner in which play was evaluated by Whitefish statistician concur that the play warranted being considered a hit, just not a double even though batter ended up on second base.
• Toth hit in the gap between first base and second base beat out the infield coverage on account of trajectory quality and base-running afterburner speed, rather than due to any deficiency on the part of the infielder attempting to make a play that would have been too late.
• Discrepancies between at-bat numeration reported in this presentation that deviate from those reported in newspaper coverage are provided in parenthesis ( ). Most can be attributed to play evaluations being scored as fielder’s choice (FC) and/or error (E), while pinch hitters batting in stead of starters likewise skew the batter stats.
SOURCE – data extrapolated from Polson stat record book . Appreciation is extended to the LP statistician for a thorough and comprehensive rendition of the game that could consulted at a later juncture in time by someone who was not in attendance like myself. JH