Butte High’s junior varsity softball team smacked 32 Thursday as the Bulldogs split a Western AA doubleheader with Helena High at Stodden Park.
Helena won the opener 7-6 before Butte High rallied to come from behind for a 17-14 victory in Game 2.
The Bulldogs are back in action Tuesday when they travel to Helena to take on Capital.
Helena High 7, Butte High 6
Butte High pounded nine hits in the opener, but they could not get enough of them with runners in scoring position.
Wisdom Hanninen hit a pair of doubles, and Brynn Godbout hit a single and a double to highlight the Butte offensive. Natalie Lynch and Taylor Drakos each added two singles, and Kamber Leary hit one.
Godbout started the game in the pitchers’ circle, and Ashby Lee pitched the last four innings without surrendering an earned run.
Butte High 17, Helena High 14
The Bulldogs overcame an 11-6 deficit to salvage the split.
Leary had a huge game, smacking two singles to go along with a two-run home run and a grand slam. Lynch also blasted a grand slam in a three-hit game, and Madi Jonart ripped a pair of doubles.
Lee added a double, and Dacelyn Lafond and Godbout each hit three singles. Cami Kautzman, Drakos and Hanninen each smacked two singles. Koryn Paul, who had at first base, added a hard hit in the win.
Leary entered the game as pitcher in the fourth. She got the final out and did not give up an earned run the rest of the way. Some solid team defense helped Butte High complete the comeback.
“We talked about pitch selection and being more aggressive at the plate and the girls did a great job adjusting as we pounded out 23 hits against really good pitching,” Butte High coach Kelly Ferriter said. “As a team they made a goal to keep the energy level high for both games and I think it had a big impact.”