Great Falls High sweeps Bulldogs in twin bill

Great Falls High sweeps Bulldogs in twin bill

GREAT FALLS — Great Falls High swept an Eastern AA softball doubleheader with Butte High Thursday afternoon.

The Bison won the opener 6-5 before closing out the sweep with a 15-0 victory in five innings. Butte High, which fell to 5-6 overall and 3-3 in league play, was the home team in the second game.

The Bulldogs will be back in action Saturday when they play host to Kalispell Glacier in a noon nonconference doubleheader at Stodden Park.

Great Falls High 6, Butte 5
Butte High fell despite outhitting the Bison 7-6 in the opener.

“We outhit them and we outpitched them in that first game,” Butte High coach Ryan Stosich said. “Our defense just let us down.”

McKenzie Staats went 2 for 3 with a home run to lead the Bison in the opener.

Jenna Maroney and pitcher Kaidy McClafferty paced Butte High’s offensive. Maroney hit a bases-clearing double as the Bulldogs rallied to tie the game at 4 with four runs in the top of the fourth inning.

McClafferty went 3 for 4 with three singles. Taylor Huff and Brianna Ossello each hit a pair of singles. Emma Cox doubled.

Butte                           000  401  0 — 5  7  2
Great Falls High       301  110  x — 6  13  1

Kaidy McClafferty and Emma Cox. Erin Hocker and McKenzie Staats. W — Hocker. L — McClafferty.
BUTTE HIGH (5-6, 3-2) — Brittney Tierney 1-3, Brianna Ossello 2-3, Taylor Huff 2-3, Katelyn Alley 0-4, Jenna Maroney 1-4, Kennedi Ferriter 2-4, Madison Joseph 0-4, McClafferty 3-4, Cox 2-2.
GREAT FALLS HIGH — Tanaya Krenik 1-4, Sarah Conway 0-4, Cayley Bushong 1-3, McKenzie Staats 2-3, Molly Schmitz 0-2, Mady Ray 1-3, Erin Hocker 0-2, Veda Root 0-3, Kylee Stoll 1-2.
2B — Maroney, Cox. HR — Staats. RBI — Ossello, Maroney 3, Huff; Bushong, Schmitz, Ray, Staats.

Great Falls High 15, Butte 0 (5 innings)
The roof caved in on the Bulldogs in the second game.

Great Falls High took advantage of seven walks, and Molly Schmitz held the Bulldogs to one hit in the game that was called after five by the 10-run rule.

“She just threw it a little harder than the other pitcher (Erin Hocker), and we couldn’t lay off the high stuff,” Stosich said of Schmitz.

Staats went 3 for 4 to lead the 12-hit Bison attack. Sarah Conway and Cayley Bushong hit doubles.

Katlyn O’Brien doubled for Butte High’s lone hit.

Great Falls High       101 49 — 15  12  0
Butte High                 000 00 —  0    1  0

Molly Schmitz and McKenzie Staats. Kaidy McClafferty, Katlyn O’Brien (3) and Emma Cox. W — Schmitz. L — McClafferty.
GREAT FALLS HIGH — Tanaya Krenik 2-3, Sarah Conway 2-2, Cayley Bushong 1-2, McKenzie Staats 3-4, Molly Schmitz 1-2, Mady Ray 0-2, Twila Reovan 1-2, Kylee Stoll 1-4.
BUTTE HIGH (5-6, 3-3) — Brittney Tierney 0-2, Brianna Ossello 0-2, Taylor Huff 0-2, Jenna Maroney 0-2, Emma Cox 0-2, Kaidy McClafferty 0-1, Katlyn O’Brien 1-1, Kennedi Ferriter 0-1, Alyssa Walsh 0-1, Madison Joseph 0-2, Jenna Walker 0-1.
2B – Conway, Bushong; O’Brien. 3B – Staats. RBI – Krenik, Conway, Bushong 2, Staats 3, Schmitz, Reovan 2, Stoll 2.

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