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Bulldogs sweep Bison in Eastern AA twin bill

GREAT FALLS — Butte High picked up a pair of key Eastern AA victories Thursday, beating Great Falls High 1-0 and 3-2 in a pair of pitchers duals.

“Those are two big wins for us,” Butte High coach Ryan Stosich said. “To go up there and get both of them says a lot about our team.”

Freshman pitcher Kaidy McClafferty (4-3) pitched the distance in both games for the Bulldogs. She struck out 11 batters and scattered 12 hits.

“We were a little leery about pitching her in that second game,” Stosich said. “But her pitch count was down after the first game so we stuck with her. It worked out.”

The Bulldogs improved to 3-2 in conference play and 5-5 overall. The Bison fell to 2-2 and 4-4.

Butte High is back in action Saturday when they play host to Kalispell Glacier in a noon nonconference doubleheader at Stodden Park.

Butte High 1, Great Falls High 0
Amanda Spear had the only extra-base hit of the game, and it came at the perfect time.

Kennedi Ferriter singled, took second on a one-out bunt by Maria Michelotti and scored when Spear smoked a double to left-center.

That was all the run support McClafferty needed as he fanned six Bison in the three-hit victory. She walked four batters.

Spear also added a single for the Bulldogs, who struggled against Great Falls hurler Marina Laroque. Laroque struck out nine Bulldogs and scattered four hits in the hard-luck loss.

Michelotti added a single for Butte High.

BUTTE HIGH           AB  R  H BI  GREAT FALLS HIGH     AB  R  H BI
Ashten McCloskey      3  0  0  0  Tierney Wienholz      3  0  0  0  
Kenndi Ferriter       3  1  1  0  Alyssa Marez          2  0  0  0  
Maria Michelotti      3  0  1  0  Caitlyn Konesky       2  0  1  0  
Amanda Spear          2  0  2  1  Bailey Durnell        3  0  1  0  
Bethany McClean       3  0  0  0  Mari  Helen Held      0  0  0  0  
Justyce Connole       3  0  0  0  Marina Laroque        3  0  0  0  
Isabelle Bonney       2  0  0  0  Hannah Schaeffer      3  0  0  0  
Jenna Walker          3  0  0  0  Kelsey Walker         3  0  1  0  
Katelyn Alley         2  0  0  0  Katie Nicholson       3  0  0  0  
 Tristan Walks        1  0  0  0                                    
TOTALS               25  1  4  1  TOTALS               22  0  3  0
BUTTE HIGH                    100 000 0 -- 1  
GREAT FALL HIGH               000 000 0 -- 0  
LOB--BUTTE HIGH 5, GREAT FALL HIGH 6. 2B--Amanda Spear.
SACB--Mari  Helen Held.
 BUTTE HIGH                      IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Kaidy McClafferty (W)          7.00    3    0    0    4    6    0
 GREAT FALL HIGH            
Marina Laroque (L)             7.00    4    1    1    2    9    0
PB--Maria Michelotti. SO--Bethany McClean, Ashten McCloskey,
Tristan Walks, Katelyn Alley (2), Jenna Walker, Justyce
Connole (3), Marina Laroque, Kelsey Walker, Hannah Schaeffer
(2), Katie Nicholson (2). BB--Amanda Spear, Isabelle Bonney,
Mari  Helen Held (2), Alyssa Marez, Caitlyn Konesky.

Butte High 3, Great Falls High 2
Spear scored the game winning run in the nightcap.

The senior drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the third inning — Butte High was the home team in Game 2. She took second on a Justyce Connole single and scored on a single up the middle by Katelyn Alley.

The Bison took a 1-0 lead when Caitlyn Konesky scored on an error in the top of the first. Butte High fought back to take a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the inning.

Leadoff hitter Ashten McCloskey and Ferriter, hitting in the No. 2 hole, led off the inning with singles. McCloskey scored on an error, while Ferriter crossed when Connole hit a double to center.

Great Falls tied game in the third when Konesky singled and scored on a Bailey Durnell sacrifice fly. The tie didn’t last long, however.

McClaffety struck out five and walked one in the win. Butte High smacked nine hits, with McCloskey, Ferriter, Connole and Alley each having a two-hit game. Isabelle Bonney added a single.

Pitcher Hannah Schaeffer struck out five and walked two in the loss. She poked two hits for the Bison. Kati Nicholson also had a pair of hits.

GREAT FALLS HIGH     AB  R  H BI  BUTTE HIGH           AB  R  H BI
McKenzie Staats       4  0  0  0  Ashten McCloskey      4  1  2  0  
Alyssa Marez          3  0  0  0  Kenndi Ferriter       3  1  2  0  
Caitlyn Konesky       4  2  1  0  Maria Michelotti      3  0  0  0  
Kelsey Walker         3  0  0  0  Amanda Spear          2  1  0  0  
Mari  Helen Held      3  0  0  0  Bethany McClean       3  0  0  0  
Bailey Durnell        2  0  0  1  Justyce Connole       3  0  2  1  
Hannah Schaeffer      3  0  2  0  Katelyn Alley         3  0  2  1  
Katie Nicholson       3  0  2  0  Isabelle Bonney       3  0  1  0  
Tierney Wienholz      2  0  0  0  Jenna Walker          1  0  0  0  
 Twila Reovan         1  0  0  0   Tristan Walks        1  0  0  0  
TOTALS               28  2  5  1  TOTALS               26  3  9  2
GREAT FALL HIGH               101 000 0 -- 2  
BUTTE HIGH                    201 000 x -- 3  
LOB--GREAT FALL HIGH 8, BUTTE HIGH 7. ERR--Mari  Helen Held,
Caitlyn Konesky, Bethany McClean, Katelyn Alley, Isabelle
Bonney, Kaidy McClafferty. 2B--Justyce Connole. SACF--Bailey
Durnell. SACB--Kelsey Walker.
 GREAT FALL HIGH                 IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Hannah Schaeffer (L)           6.00    9    3    1    2    5    0
 BUTTE HIGH                 
Kaidy McClafferty (W)          7.00    5    2    0    1    5    0
PB--Maria Michelotti (2). SO--Tierney Wienholz, McKenzie
Staats, Katie Nicholson, Mari  Helen Held, Caitlyn Konesky,
Maria Michelotti, Bethany McClean (2), Tristan Walks,
Justyce Connole. BB--Alyssa Marez, Amanda Spear, Jenna
Walker.


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