Bears sweep Bulldogs

BILLINGS — Billings West swept a doubleheader with the Butte High softball team Friday.

West won the first game 7-3 before completing the sweep with a 4-3 win in the nightcap. The first game counted in Eastern AA standings, while the second game was a non-conference battle.

The Bulldogs (3-3 overall) play Billings Skyview at noon twin bill Saturday in Billings. Both are conference games.

Billings West 7, Butte High 3

West scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 7-1 lead in Game 1. McKenzie Shellnut and Haley Swan each drove in a pair of runs to lead the Bears.

Pitcher Lexi Mayhood held Butte High to five hits. The Bears also took advantage of four Butte High errors.

Nikki Guizzo homered to lead the Bulldogs. Bobbie Osterman went 3 for 4 and drove in a pair of runs. Ashton LaFond added a single.

Butte High      000  001  2 — 3  5  4
Billings West 001  006  x — 7  4  2

Jessica Robertson and Maria Michelotti; Lexi Mayhood, Jalen Creech (7) and Haley Swan. W — Mayhood. L — Robertson (2-2)
BUTTE HIGH (3-2, 0-1) — Hattie Thatcher 0-1, Ashten McCloskey 0-4, Katey Walsh 0-3, Michelotti 0-3, Baylee Thatcher 0-2, Nikki Guizzo 1-3, Megan Ingersoll 0-0, Bobbie Osterman 3-4, Ashton LaFond 1-4, Kendall Alley 0-2, Audriana Baker 0-1, Justyce Connole 0-1, Robertson 0-0.
BILLINGS WEST (5-1, 2-0) — Taylor Ostwald 1-3, Ashley MacDonald 0-4, Katie Zink 0-4, McKenzie Shellnut 2-3, Mayhood 0-1, Creech 0-0, Maranda Ratcliff 0-3, Rachael Dillon 0-3, Swan 1-3, Jessica Lampi 0-3, Kelly Brotzell 0-0.
HR — Guizo. RBIs — Osterman 2, Guizzo; Shellnut 2, Swan 2.

Billings West 4, Butte High 3

West completed the sweep in walk-off fashion.

Ashley MacDonald homered to lead off the game for the Bears, who improved to 6-1 on the season.

LaFond went 2 for 3 with a double to pace the Bulldogs. Katey Walsh, Maria Michelotti, Justyce Connole, Osterman and Guizzo added singles.

Osterman pitched the distance in the hard-luck loss.

Butte High      000  300  0 — 3  7  2
Billings West 100  002  1 — 4  9  1

Bobbie Osterman and Maria Michelotti; Ashley Davis, Jalen Creech (5) and Maranda Ratcliff. W— Creech. L— Osterman (1-1)
BUTTE HIGH (3-3, 0-1) — Hattie Thatcher 0-4, Ashten McCloskey 0-4, Katey Walsh 1-4, Michelotti 1-4, Baylee Thatcher 0-2, Nikki Guizzo 1-2, Audriana Baker 0-1, Osterman 1-3, Ashton LaFond 2-3, Justyce Connole 1-3.
BILLINGS WEST (6-1, 2-0) — Taylor Ostwald 1-4, Ashley MacDonald 2-4, Katie Zink 2-3, Makenzie Shellnut 0-2, Meghan Dahlquist 0-1, Rachael Dillon 1-3, Ratcliff 2-3, Jordan Lampi 0-2, Jessica Lampi 0-1, Davis 0-1, Haley Swan 0-1, Creech 1-3.
HR — MacDonald. 2B — LaFond. RBIs — Osterman, LaFond, Connole; MacDonald.



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