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Bruins, Bengals top error-prone Bulldogs

HELENA — Butte High’s softball team is going to need a little polishing.

The Bulldogs committed 15 errors in dropping a pair of nonconference games to Helena Capital and Helena High. Butte High fell 14-13 to Capital before dropping a 12-3 decision to Helena High.

Butte High smacked 19 hits on the day — 16 against Capital and three against Helena High.

“Our bats came alive today,” Butte High coach Ryan Stosich said. “We’ve got to clean up the defensive mistakes and make the routine plays.”

Butte High has one more nonconference game before opening Eastern AA play at home against Billings Senior on Friday. The Bulldogs take on Belgrade at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Stodden Park.

Helena Capital 14, Butte High 13

Shelby VanHemelryck hit a sacrifice fly to score Sydney Ladas in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Bruins walked off with the win.

The game-winning RBI came after Ladas doubled in Madi Quick with the game-tying run. Quick reached on an error.

Quick, who drove in three runs, and Emily Hill joined VanHemelryck with doubles to lead Capital’s 14-hit attack.

Maria Michelotti, Amanda Spear and Bethany McLean each smacked three hits to lead the Bulldogs. Michelotti belted two doubles, while McLean and Spear each hit one. Spear drove in three runs.

Ashten McCloskey, Justyce Connole and Isabelle Bonney each added two hits. Ellie Hoffenbacker added one.

Katlyn O’Brien stuck out three and walked four for the Bulldogs. Kaidy McClafferty took the loss in relief. None of the three runs she allowed were earned.

BUTTE HIGH           AB  R  H BI  HELENA HIGH          AB  R  H BI
Ashten McCloskey      3  1  0  0  Emma Meredith         5  1  0  0  
Jusuce Connole        3  0  0  0  Ty Holland            5  3  2  0  
Maria Michelotti      4  0  1  1  Erin  Emanuel         4  3  4  1  
Amanda Spear          3  0  0  0  Taryn Holland         5  1  0  0  
Bethany McLean        3  0  0  0  Jordan Hinman         4  1  2  3  
Kenndi Ferriter       3  0  0  0  Anna Fischer          4  0  1  3  
Isabelle Bonney       2  1  0  0  Ashley Nash           4  1  0  0  
Katelyn Alley         2  1  1  2  Annie Galt            2  0  0  0  
Jenna Walker          2  0  1  0  Justine Christianson  4  2  3  1  
TOTALS               25  3  3  3  TOTALS               37 12 12  8
BUTTE HIGH                    120 000 0 -- 3  
HELENA HIGH                   240 321 x -- 12 
LOB--BUTTE HIGH 6, HELENA HIGH 11. ERR--Maria Michelotti,
Ashten McCloskey, Kenndi Ferriter (2), Isabelle Bonney (2),
Kaidy McClafferty (2), Erin  Emanuel, Annie Galt. 2B--Jordan
Hinman (2), Justine Christianson (2). HR--Katelyn Alley.
HBP--Ashten McCloskey, Isabelle Bonney. SB--Erin  Emanuel,
Anna Fischer.
 BUTTE HIGH                      IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Kaidy McClafferty (L)          6.00   12   12    6    4    6    0
 HELENA HIGH                
Terra Gilchrist (W)            7.00    3    3    3    3    2    1
PB--Maria Michelotti, Jordan Hinman. BALK--Kaidy
McClafferty. SO--Katelyn Alley, Jusuce Connole, Emma
Meredith, Ashley Nash, Anna Fischer, Taryn Holland (2),
Annie Galt. BB--Katelyn Alley, Jenna Walker, Jusuce Connole,
Jordan Hinman, Erin  Emanuel, Annie Galt (2).

Helena High 12, Butte High 3

The Bulldogs took a 3-2 lead when Katelyn Alley blasted a two-run home run, scoring Bonney, over the center field fence in the top of the second inning.

That was the end of the good news for the Bulldogs, as the Bengals took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the inning.

Helena High pitcher Terra Gilchrist held the Bulldogs to just one hit — a fourth-inning single by Jenna Walker — the rest of the way.

Erin Emanuel went 4 for 4 with three runs, and Jordan Hinman hit two doubles to pace the Bengals’ 12-hit barrage.

McClafferty struck out six batters in the loss.

BUTTE HIGH           AB  R  H BI  HELENA CAPITAL       AB  R  H BI
Ashten McCloskey      4  1  2  1  Sydney Ladas          5  1  2  1  
Jusuce Connole        5  3  2  2  Shelby VanHemelryck   3  2  1  2  
Maria Michelotti      5  3  3  0  McKenzie Johnston     5  1  2  1  
Amanda Spear          5  1  3  3  J Priddy              4  0  1  0  
Bethany McLean        5  1  3  1  Caroline Rosling      5  1  2  2  
Ellie Hoffenbacker    4  0  1  0  Rena Belcourt         4  0  0  0  
 Kenndi Ferriter      1  0  0  0  Emily Hill            5  2  2  0  
Isabelle Bonney       4  1  2  1  Toree Rensman         2  0  0  0  
Katelyn Alley         1  1  0  0   Taylor Mathews       3  2  2  1  
 Tristan Walks        1  0  0  0  Madi Quick            3  4  2  3  
Jenna Walker          2  2  0  1  *Shaina Silvone       0  1  0  0  
TOTALS               37 13 16  9  TOTALS               39 14 14 10
BUTTE HIGH                    003 090 1 -- 13 
HELENA CAPITAL                212 205 2 -- 14 
LOB--BUTTE HIGH 9, HELENA CAPITAL 13. ERR--Maria Michelotti,
Bethany McClean (2), Katlyn O'Brien, Ellie Hoffenbacker,
Isabelle Bonney (2), McKenzie Johnston, Rena Belcourt (2),
Toree Rensman (2). 2B--Maria Michelotti (2), Bethany
McLean, Amanda Spear, Sydney Ladas, Madi Quick, Emily Hill.
HBP--Shelby VanHemelryck. SACF--Shelby VanHemelryck.
SACB--Katelyn Alley, Shelby VanHemelryck.
 BUTTE HIGH                      IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Katlyn O'Brien                 5.00   12   11    4    4    3    0
Kaidy McClafferty (L)          1.67    2    3    0    1    1    0
 HELENA CAPITAL             
Toree Rensman (W)              6.67   13    9    5    4    6    0
Caroline Rosling               0.33    3    4    4    1    0    0
PB--Maria Michelotti (2), J Priddy (2). SO--Ashten
McCloskey, Tristan Walks, Amanda Spear, Katelyn Alley,
Isabelle Bonney, Jusuce Connole, Rena Belcourt (2), Emily
Hill, Toree Rensman. BB--Ashten McCloskey, Katelyn Alley,
Jenna Walker (2), Isabelle Bonney, Rena Belcourt, Sydney
Ladas, Madi Quick (2), J Priddy.


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