BC softball splits with Polson, Columbia Falls

POLSON — The Butte Central softball team went 1-1 against tough competition Saturday.

The Maroons knocked off perennial state title contender Polson 7-3 in their season opener. Later, BC fell 4-1 to Columbia Falls.

The Maroons open Southwestern A play Friday when they play host to Stevensville at 3 p.m. at Stodden Park. BC will head to Hamilton on Saturday.

Butte Central 4, Polson 1
Teresa Piazzola was back to her old self, and she had plenty of support from the BC bats. The BC ace struck out 13 batters and scattered seven hits and four walks in the victory.

Only two of the runs surrendered were earned.

Corbyn Holm blasted a home run, while Kloie Thatcher went 3 for 3 from the leadoff spot to lead the Maroons. Holm also hit a single in the win. Mollie Peoples added a pair of hits, while Shawnee Hjelt, Kassidy Criscuola and Piazzola each hit one.

Butte Central            003      000      4 — 7  10   2
Polson                         000      002      1 — 3    7   1

Teresa Piazzola and Corbyn Holm; Camas Renault and n/a. W — Piazzola (1-0). L — Renault.
BUTTE CENTRAL (1-0) — Kloie Thatcher 3-3, Shawnee Hjelt 1-5, Mollie Peoples 2-4, Holm 2-4, Piazzola 1-4, Taylor Wahl 0-2, Kassidy Criscuolo 1-3, Megan Michelotti 0-2, Bella Sorini 0-1, McKenzie Gallagher 0-3.
POLSON — K. Smith 1-3, L. Bitterman 0-3, M. Croft 0-0, L. Dupis 1-4, H. Potter 1-2, H. Fyant 2-4, H. Fryberger 0-3, A. Benson 2-2, Renault 0-3, Q. Motichka 0-1.
HR — Holm. RBIs — Holm 2, Peoples, Piazzola; Potter, Benson.

Columbia Falls 4, Butte Central 1
Katie Price went 3 for 4 with two home runs, a triple and three RBIs to lead the Wildkats to the victory.

The Maroons were held to just three hits in the nightcap. Megan Michelotti, who drove in Taylor Wahl for BC’s lone run, smacked two hits. Wahl added one hit.

McKenzie Gallagher was the hard-luck loser in the pitchers’ circle. She struck out five and walked none.

Columbia Falls          001      110      1 — 4  9  1
Butte Central            010      000      0 — 1  3  0

K. Schwelkert and n/a; Gallager and Holm. W — Schwelkert. L — Gallagher (0-1).
COLUMBIA FALLS — K. Price 3-4, P. Kehr 0-2, K. Volkman 0-1, L. Ellis 1-4, K. Lanners 0-3, M. Campbell 0-2, T. Putman 0-1, S. Collins 3-3, S. Hovde 1-3, H. Freeman 0-3, Schweikert 1-3.
BUTTE CENTRAL (1-1) — Thatcher 0-3, Hjelt 0-3, Peoples 0-1,, Hom 0-2, Piazzola 0-3, Wahl 1-2, Criscuolo 0-2, Gallager 0-3, Michelotti 2-3.
HR — Price 2, Collins. 3B — Price. 2B — Collins. RBIs — Price 3, Collins; Michelotti.



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