HELENA — A brilliant pitchers’ duel turned into a blowout in nearly the blink of an eye Thursday afternoon.
Helena Capital scored nine runs in its last two at bats, and the Bruins stayed unbeaten in Western AA play with a 10-0 win over Butte High’s softball team. (Boxscore)
“I was happy with how we played,” Butte High coach Ryan Stosich said. “It just got away from us in the end.”
The game was called by the 10-run rule after the Bruins scored six runs in the sixth.
“It was 1-0 going into the fifth,” Stosich said. “We just kind of imploded a little bit.”
Anna Cockhill hit an RBI triple in the third inning to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
Capital made it a 4-0 advantage by using three Butte High errors to put up a three spot in the fifth.
Ashley King, McKenna Moore and Taylor Sayers doubled in the sixth as the Bruins delivered the dagger. Capital walked on Sayers’ RBI two bagger.
Capital ace Nyeala Herndon struck out nine batters and walked one as the Bruins improved to 12-0 in conference play. She scattered just three hits.
“For three quarters of the game, we played pretty well,” Stosich said. “But you’ve got to play seven innings. They’re 12-0 for a reason. You can’t make little mistakes because they’re going to get you.”
Stosich praised the play of freshman pitcher Ashlinn Mullaney, who went toe-to-toe with Herndon for a while.
“They were in a pitchers’ duel,” the coach said. “It was a good game to watch.”
Kodie Hoagland, Rian Ferriter and Mullaney singled for the Bulldogs. Hoagland also worked a walk.
Next up for the Bulldogs (6-6 in conference and 8-9 overall) is a trip to Missoula Sentinel on Tuesday. Butte High will play host to Kalispell Flathead and Kalispell Glacier next Friday and Saturday.