Bulldogs blank Knights for first softball win of year

Ashlinn Mullaney spun a one-hitter and Taylor Drakos drove in three runs with a double and two singles as Butte High walloped Missoula Hellgate 16-0 Friday in a Western AA Conference high school girls’ softball game at Stodden Park.
Mullaney struck out three batters and walked none in a short day’s work, thanks to the Butte High offensive binge. The Bulldogs clubbed nine hits and benefited from nine walks. Hellgate pitchers were also charged with 10 wild pitches over the three innings.
Mullaney helped herself with a double and a single. Gracie Ferriter hit two singles, and Butte High a single apiece from Madisyn Swanson, Mattie Stepan and Hailey Skeel. Mullaney, Stepan and Skeel each drove in two runs, and Ferriter and Kamber Leary notched an RBI apiece.
Hellgate’s only hit was a single by Kajia Nagle.
The winless Knights fell to 0-6 for the season, 0-4 in conference games. Butte High is 1-3 for the year, 1-1 in league play. The Bulldogs will play at Missoula Big Sky at 11 a.m. on Saturday, then return home for a Monday game against Missoula Sentinel at Stodden Park in a schedule change.
Hellgate 000 xxx x — 0 1 0
Butte High 286 xxx x — 16 9 0
Kaylie Moe, Shannon Kane (2) and Ella Lambert. Ashlinn Mullaney and Gracie Ferriter. W — Mullaney (1-3). L — Moe.
MISSOULA HELLGATE (0-6, 0-4) — Amelia Richmond 0-2, Kaylie Moe 0-2, Shannon Kane 0-1, Ella Lambert 0-1, Kajia Nagle 1-1, Keira Babbitt 0-1, Donalynn Headswift 0-1, Olivia Schubert 0-1, Natalie Blaney 0-1.
BUTTE HIGH (1-3, 1-1) — Gracie Ferriter 2-2, Ashlinn Mullaney 2-3, Kamber Leary 0-1, Madisyn Swanson 1-1, Taylor Drakos 2-3, Mattie Stepan 1-3, Dacelyn LaFond 0-1, Ashby Lee 0-0, Hailey Skeel 1-2, Allie Becker 0-0, Reese Johnson 0-0.
Extra-base hits — 2B — Drakos, Mullaney.
Runs batted in — Hellgate 0, Butte High 12 (Drakos 3, Mullaney 2, Stepan 2, Skeel 2, Ferriter 1, Leary 1, Swanson 1).