Bulldogs pound Helena, Capital

HELENA — The Bulldogs busted out their bats in a big way Saturday.

Butte High pounded 22 hits and outscored Helena High and Helena Capital by a combined score of 17-0 in a pair of non-conference softball games.

The Bulldogs beat Helena High 10-0 before knocking off Capital 7-0 to improve to 3-1 on the season.

Katey Walsh smacked five hits on the day. That included a home run, double and five RBIs. Ashten McCloskey and Mariah Michelotti each had four hits, while Hattie Thatcher and Kendall Alley each belted three.

Michelotti, who caught both games, hit three doubles and drove in three runs in the two games.

Jessica Robertson (2-1) and Bobbie Osterman (1-0) each picked up victories in the pitchers circle.

Butte High opens Eastern AA play next Friday at Billings West.

Butte 10, Helena High 0

Walsh and Alley went 3 for 4 for the Bulldogs, who took command with a four-run first inning.

Walsh and Osterman each drove in three runs in the win. Osterman had had two hits in the game, one that went for two bases. Baylee Thatcher added a single in the win.

Robertson held the Bengals to four hits in the game that went the scheduled seven innings.

Butte               420  102  1 — 10  12  0
Helena            000  000  0 —  0    4   3
Jessica Robertson and Maria Michelotti; Darcy Ryan and Kerstie Ward. W — Robertson L — Ryan.
BUTTE HIGH  (2-1) — Hattie Thatcher 1-5, Ashten McCloskey 0-1, Katey Walsh 3-4, Michelotti 2-4, Baylee Thatcher 1-3, Nikki Guizo 0-4, Bobbie Osterman 2-4, Ashton LaFond 0-4, Kendall Alley 3-4.
HELENA HIGH — Erin Emanuel 1-3, Ryan 1-2, Sarah Bryson 1-3, Ward 0-3, Taylor Reisbeck 0-3, Nicole Pocklington 1-3, Kylie MacDonald 0-3, Kelsey Brozovich 0-3, Anna Fischer 0-2.
2B —Walsh, Michelotti, Osterman, Alley. RBIs — Walsh 3, Osterman 3, McCloskey, Michelotti, Alley

Butte 7, Capital 0

McCloskey went 4 for 4, while Hattie Thatcher, Walsh and Michelotti each went 2 for 4.

Michelotti hit two doubles and Walsh belted her second home run of the season to support Osterman, who held the Bruins to five hits.

Butte               102  020  2 — 7  10   0
Capital            000  000  0 — 0    5   1

Bobbie Osterman and Michelotti; Kady Bartsch, Brittany Smith (7) and Emmie Bristow. W — Osterman, L — Bartsch.
BUTTE HIGH (3-1) — H. Thatcher 2-4, McCloskey 4-4, Walsh 2-4, Michelotti 2-4, B. Thatcher 0-4, Osterman 0-3, Audriana Baker 0-3, Megan Ingersoll 0-3, Justyce Connole 0-3.
HELENA CAPITAL (2-2) — Quinci Robertson 1-3, Kyra Dorvall 1-4, Savannah Smith 0-2, Haley Pardy 0-3, Emily Hultin 0-1, Sydney Latas 0-2, McKenzie Johnston 1-3, Megan Fitzpatrick 0-2, Destry McNellis 1-1, Bristow 1-3.
2B — Michelotti 2. HR — Walsh. RBIs — Walsh 2, Michelotti 2.



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