GREAT FALLS — Butte High’s softball team scored the first five runs of Tuesday’s Eastern AA doubleheader against Great Falls High.
The rest of the day belonged to the Bison. Great Falls High tallied 38 hits, and the Bison beat Butte High 17-5 and 21-1. The first game was called by the 10-run rule after five innings. The nightcap went four innings.
“We jumped on them 5-0,” Butte High coach Ryan Stosich said. “We hit the ball pretty well. We just couldn’t keep their bats down.”
Stosich said the Bulldog pitchers were fatigued from pitching in Monday’s doubleheader sweep against Great Falls Russell in Butte. But he gave all the credit to the Bison hitters.
“They mash,” he said.
Butte High will close the regular season Thursday when they welcome Missoula Big Sky for a non-conference game at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs will celebrate Senior Day.
Great Falls High 17, Butte High 5
Butte High’s big first inning began with a two-run home run by Brittney Tierney.
Taylor Huff followed with a double, and Bradie Lester and McCaul McCarthy both singled and scored.
The Bison, though, took over in the bottom of the frame. Great Falls scored seven in the first and six in the seventh.
Shea LaRocque, Skylar Anthony and Morgan Sunchild homered to lead Great Falls’ 17-hit attack.
The powerful Bison attack got seven RBIs out of their Nos. 8 and 9 hitters. Anthony drove in four runs, while LaRocque knocked in three. Conway, the leadoff hitter, drove in two.
Anna Toon, who smacked three hits, recovered from the rough start to get the win for Great Falls.
Huff added a single for a two-hit game. MacKenzie Tutty, Trisha Ericson and Jaden Cleveland added singles.
Butte High 500 00 — 5 8 0
Great Falls High 760 13 — 17 17 2
McCaul McCarthy and Brittney Tierney; Anna Toon and Rachel Porter. W — Toon. L — McCarthy (3-8).
BUTTE HIGH (4-13, 2-9) — Kodie Hoagland 0-3, MacKenzie Tutty 1-3, Tierney 1-3, Taylor Huff 2-3, Bradie Lester 1-2, McCarthy 1-3, Trisha Ericson 1-3, Jaden Cleveland 1-2, Aubree Corcoran 0-2.
GREAT FALLS HIGH — Sara Conway 2-4, Toon 3-4, Morgan Sunchild 1-4, Porter 2-3, Ryen Paler 2-4, Kylee Stoll 2-3, Madylynn Ray 2-4, Shea LaRocque 1-2, Skylar Anthony 2-2.
HR — Tierney; Conway, Toon, Palmer. 2B — Huff; LaRocque, Anthony, Sunchild. RBIs — Tierney 2, Lester, Cleveland; Skylar Anthony 4, Conway 3, LaRocque 3, Sunchild 2, Stoll 2, Toon, Palmer.
Great Falls High 21, Butte High 2
Conway went 5 for 5 with a home run, five RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Bison in the nightcap.
LaRocque, Toon and Morgan Sunchild also homered as the Bison smacked 21 hits. LaRocque drove in four runs. LaRocque and Maggie Bell combined to hold the Bulldogs to just two hits.
Huff homered and Makenna Carpenter doubled for Butte High.
Great Falls High 018 (12) — 21 21 0
Butte High 000 1 — 1 2 3
LaRocque, Maggie Bell (4) and Porter; Madison Skeel and Ericson. W — LaRocque. L — Skeel (1-5).
GREAT FALLS HIGH — Conway 5-5, Toon 3-5, Sunchild 2-4, Porter 1-3, Anthony 1-1, Palmer 1-3, Kasie Logan 0-0, Stoll 1-2, Gracie Lins 1-1, Madylynn Ray 0-3, Unidentified player 1-1, LaRocque 2-3. Maggie Bell 0-1, Unidentified player 3-4.
BUTTE HIGH (4-14, 2-10) — Hoagland 0-2, Tutty 0-2, Tierney 0-2, Huff 1-2, Ericson 0-2, Cleveland 0-1, Makenna Carpenter 1-1, Jaycee Burke 0-1, Cameron LaFond 0-1.
HR — LaRocque, Conway, Toon, Sunchild; HR 2B — Stoll, Conway; Carpenter.