Bulldog girls spill Spartans on diamond

MISSOULA – Kamber Leary and Ashby Lee knocked in two runs apiece and Ashlinn Mullaney turned in a top pitching performance as Butte High upended Missoula Sentinel 7-2 Friday in a Western AA Conference high school girls’ softball game at Spartan Field.
Leary, a senior third baseman, walloped a double and a single in pacing the offense while the senior designated player Lee rapped a base hit. Sophomore right fielder Mattie Stepan and sophomore second baseman Gracie Jonart each smacked a double.
Mullaney, the junior ace, scattered seven Sentinel hits while pitching seven strikeouts against three walks in a steady effort.
“I thought Ash pitched her best game of the year,” Butte High head coach Ryan Stosich said. “She got into trouble a couple times with walks, but she was able to bear down and get herself out of the jams.
“It was an overall great team win. Everyone contributed in some way or another. Gracie (Ferriter) played great at catcher.”
Mullaney also singled twice and drove in a run. Stepan and Jonart had RBIs and senior left fielder Taylor Drakos poked two singles. Ferriter also singled.
Junior center fielder Brooklyn Wright doubled and singled to lead Sentinel. Sophomore pitcher Alyssa Hanninen hit two singles. The team’s only RBI was by junior left fielder Sydney Goldbar.
Sentinel held a 1-0 edge until Butte High put together a four-run surge in the top of the third inning.
The loss put the Spartans at 7-10 for the season and in fourth place in the conference with a 5-6 league mark. The Bulldogs are 4-11 for the season, 3-8 in Western AA play and will go to Kalispell on Tuesday for a doubleheader versus Flathead before playing Saturday at Helena High.
Butte High 004 102 0 – 7 10 3
Sentinel 011 000 0 – 2 7 1
Ashlinn Mullaney and Gracie Ferriter. Alyssa Hanninen, Piper Whitman (6) and Nina Samoury. W – Mullaney (3-8). L – Hanninen.
BUTTE HIGH (4-11, 3-8) – Gracie Ferriter 1-3, Ashlinn Mullaney 2-4, Kamber Leary 2-3, Madisyn Swanson 0-4, Mattie Stepan 1-4, Allie Decker 0-0, Ashby Lee 1-4, Gracie Jonart 1-4, Taylor Drakos 2-3, Dacelyn LaFond 0-1, Avery Barsness 0-0.
MISSOULA SENTINEL (7-10, 5-6) – Brooklyn Wright 2-3, Kennedy Dypwick 0-2, Rachel Taylor 0-1, Payton Taylor 0-1, Nina Samoury 1-3, Haley Sellers 0-4, Kai Gillis 0-3, Alyssa Hanninen 2-3, Piper Whitman 0-1, Sydney Goldbar 1-3, Sophie Olson 0-3, Makenna Thorson 1-3.
Extra-base hits – 2B – Leary, Stepan, Jonart, Wright.
Runs batted in – Butte High 7 (Leary 1, Lee 2, Mullaney 1, Stepan 1, Jonart 1), Sentinel 1 (Goldbar).

— compiled by Bruce Sayler for buttesports.com