MISSOULA — Thursday’s Western AA softball battle between Butte High and Missoula Big Sky had a little bit of everything.
The game, which started 45 minutes late after the junior varsity contest, saw the teams combine for 30 hits, 10 of which went for extra bases. The game included five errors and 18 runners left on base.
It also included some bitter cold and an extra inning. In the end, Butte High escaped with a 12-10 victory before the Bulldogs had to drive home in a blizzard. (Boxscore)
“It was pretty crazy,” Butte High coach Ryan Stosich said. “We didn’t play very well, but a win is a win.”
The Bulldogs outscored Big Sky 8-6 in the extra inning.
Butte High’s rally in the top of the eighth started when senior catcher Jordan Bolton belted her second home run of the season, this time a three-run Johnson that proved to be the game winner.
The first eight Butte High batters in the extra frame scored.
Big Sky sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn’t enough.
Big Sky took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the game went to the extra inning tied at 4 after Kodie Hoagland singled and scored on a passed ball.
“We’ve got to clean up a few mental errors and start hitting a little earlier,” Stosich said. “They fought through some adversity.”
Hoagland went 4 for 5 with three runs scored from the leadoff spot to lead the Bulldog offense. Her day included a triple. Kamber Leary and Gracie Ferriter each added three hits, and Ashlinn Mullaney and Joscelyn Cleveland each poked two.
Cleveland, Ferriter and Leary each hit a double in the win. Rian Ferriter, Cami Kautzman and Madisyn Swanson also singled in the win. Bolton drove in four runs, and Mullaney drove in two.
Mullaney pitched the distance in the cold to get her second win. Butte High improved to 2-5 overall and 2-1 in Western AA play.
Breanna Hewitt, Kyler Latrielle, Brooke Schaffer, Grace Hood and Delaney Laird doubled to lead the Eagles, who fell to 1-6 and 1-2.
Butte High will head back to Missoula Saturday to take on Hellgate. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play host to Missoula Sentinel on Tuesday.
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