Bulldogs split slugfests in GF

GREAT FALLS — Butte High and Great Falls  High split an Eastern AA doubleheader Thursday.

The Bulldogs won the opener 11-9 before falling 18-6 in the nightcap.

Katey Walsh went 2 for 5 with a home run to lead the Bulldogs in the opener. Hattie Thatcher went 3 for 4 with a triple as Butte High pounded out 15 hits in the victory.

Five different Butte High batters had a multiple-hit game to back up pitcher Jessica Robertson. The Bulldogs committed six errors in the game.

Ashten McCloskey, Maria Michelotti and Baylee Thatcher joined Walsh with two hits. Ashton LaFond and Justyce Connole doubled, and Bobbie Osternman hit a single.

Mercedes Bourgeau hit two home runs to lead the Bison. Hailey Houck also homered in the game.

Borgeau hit one of five home runs for the Bison in Game 2, in which Butte High was the home team.

Markaela Francis, Kelsey Devlin, Danica Wassman, and Mikaela Rynett also homered in the victory.

Walsh hit a blast for the Bulldogs. LaFond doubled, and Hattie Thatcher, Baylee Thatcher, Nikki Guizzo and Connole singled for Butte High.

The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday in a 10 a.m. doubleheader at Bozeman. The first game counts in Eastern AA standings. The second game is non-conference.

Game 1
Butte High                  220  051  1 — 11  15  6
Great Falls High        105  030  0 —   9  10  1

Jessica Robertson and Maria Michelotti; Mercedes Bourgeau, Lacey Mertes (4), Mariana LaRocque (6) and Karkaela Francis. W — Robertson. L — Bourgeau.
BUTTE HIGH (5-3, 2-1) —Hattie Thatcher 3-4. Ashten McCloskey 2-4, Katey Walsh 2-5, Maria Michelotti 2-4, Baylee Thatcher 2-5, Nikki Guizzo 0-2, Haley Henderson 0-1, Bobbie Osterman 1-4, Ashton LaFond 1-2, Justyce Connole 1-4, Audriana Baker 0-0.
GREAT FALLS HIGH — Danica Wassman 1-5, Mercedes Bourgeau 3-5, Jessica Keller 1-4, Kelsey Devlin 1-3, Markaela Francis 0-4, Hailey Houck 1-4, Brooke Gruntowicz 1-2, Lacey Mertes 0-0, K Ilhcogue 0-2, Mikaela Kynett 1-2, Hailey Felice 1-4.
WP —Jessica Robertson, LP — Ilhcoque
HR — Bourgeau (2), Houck, Walsh. 2B — LaFond, Connole, Walsh, Kynett. 3B — Hattie Thatcher. RBIs — Connole (2), Walsh (2), H. Thatcher, Michelotti, LaFond 1; Houck 3, Bourgeau 2.

Game 2
Great Falls                 436   23 — 18 12  1
Butte High                  600   00 —   6  6  3
Lacey Mertes, Mercedes Bourgeau (1) and Markaela Francis; Bobbie Osterman and Mariah Michelotti. W — Bourgeau. L — Osterman.
GREAT FALLS HIGH — Danica Wassman 2-4, Merecedes Bourgeau 3-3, Jessica Keller 0-4, Kelsey Devlin 1-2, Brooke Gruntowicz 2-4, Markaela Francis 2-3, Hailey Houck 0-3, Mikaela Rynett 1-4, Brooklyn Wilson 0-0.
BUTTE HIGH (5-4, 2-2) — Hattie Thatcher 1-3, Ashten McCloskey 0-2, Katey Walsh 1-3, Maria Michelotti 0-2, Baylee Thatcher 1-3, Nikki Guizzo 1-3, Bobbie Osterman 0-1, Ashton LaFond 1-2, Justyce Cannole 1-2.
HR — Francis, Devlin, Wassman, Kynett, Bourgeau; Walsh. 2B — Gruntowicz, LaFond. RBIs — Wassman 4, Devlin 4, Francis 4, Bourgeau 2, Gruntowicz 2, Kynett 1; Walsh 2, LaFond 2, Guizzo, Connole.



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