By Bill Foley
Butte Central rolled to 3-0 at the LaVerne Combo Invitational softball tournament early Saturday, knocking off Hardin 8-3 at Stodden Park.
The game was called by the time limit after six innings.
BC will look to stay perfect in the tournament when they play host to Belgrade in a showdown of Class A powers at 2:15 p.m. at Stodden.
Taylor Wahl hit a three-run home run to highlight BC’s 11-hit attack in a game the Maroons were without two starters because of the Montana Tech graduation.
McKenzie Gallagher struck out five batters and scattered eight hits to pick up the victory in the pitchers’ circle.
Hardin struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Demi Ufferman led off the game with a single. She scored on a two-out single by Kourtney Chavez.
BC struck back, taking the lead for good with two in the first.
After Mollie Peoples reached on an error, Corbyn Holm hit an RBI double. Holm later scored on an error.
Foreign exchange students Verona Chen Lin and Chimi Chien Chen hit back-to-back singles to jump start BC’s three run second inning.
Wahl’s no-doubt blast to left field came in the third.
Teresa Piazzola, who was playing left field, and Megan Michelotti each went 3 for 3 on the day. Michelotti, who played center, batted leadoff in BC’s reconfigured lineup.
The win lifted the Maroons to 14-2 on the season.
Hardin 100 020 x — 3 8 3
Butte Central 233 00x x — 8 11 1
Kourtney Chavez, Ashley Uffelman (4) and Kally Feller. McKenzie Gallagher and Corbyn Holm. W — Gallagher. L — Chavez.
HARDIN — Demi Ufferman 2-3, Alex Bush 1-3, Sarah Edgar 0-3, A. Uffelman 2-3, Chavez 1-3, Kajay Twinn 1-3, Sadye Small 0-3, Feller 1-2, Tyanna Ten Bear 0-2.
BUTTE CENTRAL (14-2) — Megan Michelotti 3-3, Gagi Chang 0-0, Shawnee Hjelt 0-3, Mollie Peoples 0-3, Holm 1-2, Teresa Piazzola 3-3, Annie Gallus 0-0, Taylor Wahl 2-3, Gallagher 0-3, Verona Chen Lin 1-2, Chimi Chien Chen 1-2.
HR — Wahl. 2B — Holm. RBIs — A. Uffelman, Chavez; Wahl 3, Hjelt, Holm, Michelotti.