Bulldogs fall in opener

GREAT FALLS — Butte High fell 1-0 to Kalispell Glacier in the opening round of the Class AA State softball tournament.

The Bulldogs stranded nine runners in seven innings. That includes leaving the bases loaded with nobody out in the second inning against the Western AA champions.

The Bulldogs will play at noon on Friday. They’ll take Helena Capital, which lost 10-2 to Billings West.

The tournament has a true double-elimination format, and Butte High will have to take the long road to win the State title. (Bracket)

Jessica Robertson struck out six batters in the hard-luck loss. Hattie Thatcher and Ashton LaFond each poked a pair of singles for the Bulldogs.

The one run Robertson gave up was unearned. Kayla Russell singled before taking third  when Kayleena Ikeda reached on an error.

Russell then scored on a one-out sacrifice fly by Ali Williams.

Butte’s best chance to score came in the second when Bobby Osterman singled. After Kendall Alley pinch ran, Katey Walsh singled and LaFond bunted for a hit.

Glacier pitcher Jenna Willis, though, struck out the next two batters before inducing a fly out to end the threat.

Willis fanned eight and surrendered seven hits in the win.

LaFond and Baylee Thatcher also doubled for the Bulldogs, who will need to win three games Friday to reach Saturday play.

BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS AB R H BI GLACIER WOLFPACK AB R H BI
Hattie Thatcher       3  0  2  0  Jena Willis           2  0  0  0  
Ashten McCloskey      3  0  0  0  Kayla Russell         3  1  2  0  
Maria Michelotti      4  0  0  0  Kayleena Ikeda        3  0  0  0  
Baylee Thatcher       3  0  1  0  Ali Williams          2  0  0  1  
Bobbie Osterman       3  0  1  0  Hannah Atlee          3  0  0  0  
Katey Walsh           3  0  1  0  Marysa Rogozynski     3  0  3  0  
Ashton LaFond         3  0  2  0  Katie McHugh          0  0  0  0  
Nikki Guizzo          1  0  0  0   Jordan Ray           0  0  0  0  
 Shealyn Hafer        1  0  0  0  Tacey Howe            3  0  0  0  
 Amanda Spear         1  0  0  0  Taylor Riggles        1  0  0  0  
Justyce Connole       3  0  0  0                                    
TOTALS               28  0  7  0  TOTALS               20  1  5  1
BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS 000 000 0 -- 0 GLACIER WOLFPACK 100 000 x -- 1  
LOB--BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS 9, GLACIER WOLFPACK 7. ERR--Baylee
Thatcher, Ali Williams. 2B--Ashton LaFond, Baylee Thatcher.
SACF--Ali Williams. SACB--Ashten McCloskey, Jordan Ray,
Katie McHugh (2).
 BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Jessica Robertson (L)             6    5    1    0    2    6    0
 GLACIER WOLFPACK  
Jena Willis (W)                   7    7    0    0    1    8    0
PB--Maria Michelotti. SO--Justyce Connole (2), Nikki Guizzo,
Amanda Spear, Baylee Thatcher, Ashten McCloskey (2), Shealyn
Hafer, Tacey Howe, Jena Willis, Hannah Atlee (2), Kayleena
Ikeda (2). BB--Hattie Thatcher, Jena Willis, Taylor Riggles.


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