BC extends streak with 8-7 win at Anaconda

ANACONDA — Freshman Taylor Wahl doubled in senior Shelby Paffhausen for the winning run in the top of the sixth inning Thursday, and Butte Central beat Anaconda 8-7 at the Charlotte Yeoman-Martin Complex.

The win was the sixth straight for the Maroons, who finished the Southwestern A season with a 9-1 record. It also completed the season sweep of the rival Copperheads.

The BC victory came despite losing sophomore ace Teresa Piazzola to a hip injury in the first inning. Anaconda transfer Mikayla Boggs, a senior, pitched the rest of the way for the win.

Wahl’s big hit was the second of the day for the BC shortstop, who was one of two Maroons with a multi-hit game. Sophomore Shawnee Hjelt hit a pair of singles, while senior Rylee Green hit a double.

Paffhausen singled before scoring the winning run. Sophomore catcher Kate Ossello and Piazzola also singled for BC, which took advantage of four Copperhead errors.

Hjelt, Wahl and freshman Emily St. John each scored a pair of runs for the Maroons. Freshman Mollie Peoples joined Paffhausen with one run scored.

Courtney Moodry had her second four-hit game against BC of the season. That included a triple and three runs scored.

Delanie Chapman went 3 for 4 for Anaconda, while Sarah Schaefer went 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Julia Peterson hit a double and a single and drove in two runs, while Chloe Worl hit two singles.

The Copperheads and Maroons will both close out the regular season at BC’s Laverne Combo Invitational Friday and Saturday in Butte. The Southwestern A Divisional tournament will be next week in Anaconda.

The Maroons play four non-conference games in the tournament, starting with Billings Central at 12:30 p.m. Friday. The Maroons also play Whitefish at 6 on Friday.

Piazzola is hopeful she will return quickly for the Maroons, who are 11-5 overall. She is 9-3 on the season.

“Something is pinched in my hip,” Piazzola said. “Hopefully we’ll get it figured out by tomorrow.”

Butte Central             203  201  0 — 8   8   0
Anaconda                   210  310  0 — 7  15  4

Teresa Piazzola, Mikayla Boggs (1) and Kate Ossello; Kristy Hayden and Courtney Moodry. W — Boggs (2-2). L — Hayden.
BUTTE CENTRAL (11-5, 9-1) — Shawnee Hjelt 2-4, Shelby Paffhausen 1-2, Taylor Wahl 2-4, Emily St. John 0-2, Mollie Peoples 0-3, Corbyn Holm 0-4, Rylee Green 1-2, Ossello 1-4, Cassidy McGree 0-1, Piazzola 1-1.
ANACONDA — C. Moodry 4-5, Lacee Moodry 0-5, Delanie Chapman 3-4, Sarah Schaefer 2-3, Julia Peterson 2-3, Kassandra Flores 1-5, Chloe Worl 2-3, Hayden 0-4, Hanna Schaefer 1-4.
2B — Green, Whal; Peterson.
3B — C. Moodry.
RBIs — Gree 2, Piazzola 2, Wahl; S. Schaefer 3, Chapman 2, Peterson 2.

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