BC softball holds off Columbia Falls rally

BC softball holds off Columbia Falls rally

FRENCHTOWN —  Butte Central opened its softball season with a dramatic win, a 9-6 non-conference victory over Columbia Falls.

The game was played in Frenchtown because of weather conditions and Frenchtown having a playable field.

The Maroons scored three runs in the top of the seventh, then survived a fierce Wildkats rally in the last of the seventh to secure the win. The BC surge widened its lead to 9-4 before Columbia Falls came to bat in the bottom of the last frame. The Wildkats scored twice before leaving the bases loaded as their rally finally died.

Junior Makala Doherty started in the pitcher’s circle for Butte Central and posted the win with relief help from sophomore Maci Reopelle. Doherty pitched a one-hitter through five innings with eight strikeouts against four walks. Reopelle finished up with the la two innings in the three-hitter, and fanned two batters. She walked four.

The Maroons led all the way. They took a 1-0 edge in the third inning and tacked on a run in the fourth before Columbia Falls tallied a run. BC exploded for three runs in the fifth.

Big hits for Butte Central included a triple by junior center fielder Cassidy Strizic, two doubles by freshman left fielder Sofee Thatcher and a two-bagger by sophomore third  baseman Madison Kump. Strizic also singled, as did Reopelle and both Dohertys — Makala and Zoe.

Thatcher knocked in two runs, and Zoe Doherty, Emma Keeley, Kump and Makala Doherty batted in one apiece.

Each team was charged with three errors.

Trista Cowan singled and doubled for Columbia Falls. Chloe Kienas knocked in two runs. All three of the Wildkats’ hits were singles.

Butte Central is scheduled to open Southwestern A Conference play next Saturday with games at Hamilton and Corvallis.


Butte Central 001 131 3 — 9 8 3

Columbia Falls 000 103 2 — 6 3 3

Makala Doherty, Maci Reopelle (6) and Emma Keeley. Trista Cowan, A. Underdahl (6) and Raychel Hoerner. W — M. Doherty (1-0). L — Cowan.

BUTTE CENTRAL (1-0) — Maci Reopelle 1-3, Zoe Doherty 1-4, Emma Keeley 0-4, Cassidy Strizic 2-3, Madison Kump 1-3, Sofee Thatcher 2-3, Makala Doherty 1-3, Maggie Stimatz 0-2, Gracie Wall 0-1, Kenzie Norton 0-3, Brenna Foley 0-0.

COLUMBIA FALLS (0-1) — Ryley Kehr 0-3, Raychel Hoerner 0-2, Trista Cowan 2-4, G. Sevesin 0-1, Chloe Kienas 0-3, M. Rensel 0-4, J. Marino 0-3, I. Johnson 0-2, A. Underdahl 0-1, H. Lawrence 1-3, A. Darsow 0-2.

Extra-base hits — 2B — Kump, Thatcher 2. 3B — Strizic.

RBI — BC 6 (Thatcher 2, Z. Doherty 1, Keeley 1, Kump 1, M. Doherty 1), CF 4 (Kienas 2, Cowan 1, Lawrence 1).


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