Bulldogs miss opportunities vs. Bears

BILLINGS — Saturday was a day of missed opportunities for the Butte High softball team.

Senior pitcher Jessica Robertson struck out 24 batters in a doubleheader against Billings West. The Bulldogs, though, fell 7-0 and 3-2 to the Golden Bears. The second game went eight innings, and both games counted in Eastern AA standings.

“We had our opportunities,” Butte High coach Steve Stosich said. “We just didn’t take advantage of them.”

The Bulldogs (7-8 overall, 5-4 in conference) are back in action Tuesday when they play host to Bozeman in a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Stodden Park. The Bulldogs will celebrate Senior Parent Day in their final home regular-season action of the season.

Billings West 7, Butte High 0
The Bears put up a seven spot against Robertson, who struck out 10 Bears in the loss. Only one of those runs were earned as West made the Bulldogs pay for their miscues on defense.

“We had four errors — big errors,” Stosich said.

Lexi Mayhood went 2 for 3 with two RBIs to lead the West offense, which backed up the strong pitching of Jalen Creech. Creech went the distance, striking out 15 and walking one for her fifth shutout of the season.

“Their pitcher was good,” Stosich said. “All their pitchers are good. They’ve got a lot of pitchers, and they’re all good.”

Ashten McCloskey doubled to lead the Bulldogs, who managed just three hits. Amanda Spear, Baylee Thatcher, Kendall Alley and Maria Michelotti hit singles.

BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS  AB  R  H BI  BILLINGS WEST BEARS  AB  R  H BI
Morgan Bagley         3  0  0  0  Taylor Ostwald        4  2  0  0  
Amanda Spear          3  0  1  0  Lexi Mayhood          3  2  2  2  
Maria Michelotti      3  0  1  0  Rachael Dillon        4  0  1  1  
Bobbie Osterman       3  0  0  0  Ashley Davis          2  0  0  0  
Bethany McLean        3  0  0  0  Makenzie Shellnut     3  1  1  1  
Baylee Thatcher       2  0  1  0  Jalen Creech          3  0  0  0  
Ashten McCloskey      3  0  1  0  Erin Watterud         3  1  1  0  
Justyce Connole       2  0  0  0  Maranda Ratcliff      3  0  0  0  
 Ellie Hoffenbacker   1  0  0  0  Kelly Brotzel         2  0  0  0  
Kendall Alley         3  0  1  0   Meghan Dahlquist     0  1  0  0  
TOTALS               26  0  5  0  TOTALS               27  7  5  4
BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS           000 000 0 -- 0  
BILLINGS WEST BEARS           102 004 x -- 7  
LOB--BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS 6, BILLINGS WEST BEARS 5.
ERR--Ashten McCloskey, Bethany McLean, Kendall Alley, Morgan
Bagley. 2B--Ashten McCloskey. SB--Taylor Ostwald.
 BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS             IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Jessica Robertson (L)          6.00    5    7    1    3   10    0
 BILLINGS WEST BEARS        
Jalen Creech (W)               7.00    5    0    0    1   15    0
PB--Maria Michelotti. WP--Jessica Robertson. SO--Ashten
McCloskey, Justyce Connole (2), Ellie Hoffenbacker, Bethany
McLean (2), Amanda Spear, Bobbie Osterman (3), Kendall Alley
(2), Morgan Bagley (3), Kelly Brotzel, Taylor Ostwald,
Ashley Davis (2), Makenzie Shellnut, Maranda Ratcliff (2),
Rachael Dillon (2), Jalen Creech. BB--Baylee Thatcher,
Ashley Davis, Lexi Mayhood, Meghan Dahlquist.

Billings West 3, Butte High 2 (8 innings)
Mayhood hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Bears to the win in Game 2. She went 3 for 5 in the game.

Ashley Davis pitched the distance in the victory that saw Butte High score their two runs on 11 hits.

Stosich pointed out that the Bulldogs left the bases loaded in one inning and had runners at the corners and failed to execute a bunt in another inning.

Maria Michelotti homered and drove in both Bulldog runs in the loss. The junior catcher went 4 for 4.

McCloskey doubled for the Bulldogs. Spear, Thatcher, Ashton LaFond, Justyce Connole, Bethany McLean and Morgan Bagley singled.

Robertson struck out 14 batters in Game 2.

“She pitched awfully well, we just didn’t give her enough support,” Stosich said.

BILLINGS WEST BEARS  AB  R  H BI  BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS  AB  R  H BI
Taylor Ostwald        4  1  1  0  Ashton LaFond         4  0  1  0  
Lexi Mayhood          5  1  3  1  Amanda Spear          4  0  1  0  
Rachael Dillon        4  0  1  0  Maria Michelotti      4  1  4  2  
Ashley Davis          5  0  0  0  Bobbie Osterman       4  0  0  0  
Makenzie Shellnut     3  0  3  1  Bethany McLean        4  0  1  0  
 Cody Rogers          0  0  0  0  Baylee Thatcher       4  0  1  0  
Mackenzie Mayhood     4  0  2  0  Ashten McCloskey      4  0  1  0  
Erin Watterud         4  1  1  0  Justyce Connole       4  1  1  0  
Maranda Ratcliff      3  0  0  0  Kendall Alley         2  0  0  0  
Meghan Dahlquist      3  0  0  1   Morgan Bagley        1  0  1  0  
TOTALS               35  3 11  3  TOTALS               35  2 11  2
BILLINGS WEST BEARS           110 000 01 -- 3  
BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS           100 010 00 -- 2  
LOB--BILLINGS WEST BEARS 13, BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS 9.
ERR--Kendall Alley. 2B--Erin Watterud, Ashten McCloskey.
HR--Lexi Mayhood, Maria Michelotti. HBP--Taylor Ostwald.
SACF--Meghan Dahlquist. SB--Justyce Connole, Morgan Bagley.
 BILLINGS WEST BEARS             IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Ashley Davis (W)               8.00   11    2    2    0   10    1
 BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS        
Jessica Robertson (L)          8.00   11    3    3    3   14    1
PB--Maranda Ratcliff (2), Maria Michelotti. WP--Jessica
Robertson. SO--Taylor Ostwald, Ashley Davis (5), Erin
Watterud, Meghan Dahlquist (3), Maranda Ratcliff, Rachael
Dillon (2), Mackenzie Mayhood, Ashten McCloskey (2), Justyce
Connole (2), Ashton LaFond (3), Bethany McLean, Amanda
Spear, Kendall Alley. BB--Makenzie Shellnut, Maranda
Ratcliff, Rachael Dillon.


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