Bulldogs sweep defending champs

Butte High’s softball team overcame what seemed like a season’s worth of adversity Thursday. Along the way, the Bulldogs just might have sent a message to the state that they are contenders.

Bethany McLean, Bobbie Osterman, Morgan Bagley and Maria Michelotti all homered as the Bulldogs swept defending Class AA state champion Great Falls High at a windy Stodden Park. Butte High won the opener 8-2 before scoring five runs in the top of the seventh inning for a 10-5 win.

“Those were two big wins for us,” Butte High coach Steve Stosich said. “We bounced back both games. We responded.”

The Bulldogs improved to 6-5 overall and 4-2 in the Eastern AA. The wins came two days after Butte High’s disappointing loss at Bozeman.

“We had some big hits,” Stosich said. “This little one here (Bagley). Who’d ever think she could hit one out?”

Ashton LaFond, right, greets Morgan Bagley after Bagley blasted a home run in the nightcap.

Jessica Robertson pitched the distance in both games.

“They’re a good hitting team,” Stosich said of the Bison. “They’re one of the better hitting teams in the state.”

The Butte coach pointed out that the Bison returned most of their roster from last year’s title run.

“That’s a good team,” Stosich said. “They were all juniors last year. They won it last year and they’ve got nine seniors this year.

“I’m extremely happy with the team. I’m happy with our pitcher, our hitters, or defense. It was just a total game for us today.”

The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday when they play host to Kalispell Glacier in a noon non-conference game at Stodden Park.

Butte left fielder Kendall Alley makes a catch as center fielder Ashton LaFond backs her up.

An agitated Jessica Robertson delivers a pitch after the Bison tied the score in the sixth inning of Game 2.

Butte High 8, Great Falls High 2
Mercedes Bourgeau hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning to start the day off right for the Bison.

McLean responded with a three-run blast, scoring Amanda Spear and Michelotti, to give the Bulldogs the lead for good.

Osterman hit a two-run shot, scoring Michelotti, to make it 5-2 in the fifth. Butte High tacked on three insurance runs in the eighth. Michelotti belted an RBI single, and Osterman poked a two-run single.

Osterman drove in four runs on the game. She joined Michelotti, McLean and Kendall Alley with a two-hit game.

Bagley and Spear singled for Butte High, while Robertson struck out six and walked one.

Game 1 scorecard

GREAT FALLS BISON    AB  R  H BI  BUTTE HIGH           AB  R  H BI
Annie Douglas         4  0  0  0  Morgan Bagley         4  1  1  0  
Mikaela Kynett        4  1  1  0  Amanda Spear          3  2  1  0  
Hayley Houck          3  0  0  0  Maria Michelotti      2  2  2  1  
Mercedes Bourgeau     2  1  1  2  Bobbie Osterman       4  1  2  4  
Bailey Ferda          2  0  1  0  Bethany McLean        4  1  2  3  
Annie Felice          2  0  1  0  Ashton LaFond         2  0  0  0  
Lacey Mertes          3  0  1  0  Ashten McCloskey      3  0  0  0  
Brooke Gruntowicz     3  0  0  0  Justyce Connole       2  0  0  0  
Caitlyn Konesky       3  0  1  0   Ellie Hoffenbacker   1  0  0  0  
                                  Kendall Alley         3  1  2  0  
TOTALS               26  2  6  2  TOTALS               28  8 10  8
GREAT FALLS BISON             200 000 0 -- 2  
BUTTE HIGH                    300 023 x -- 8  
LOB--GREAT FALLS BISON 7, BUTTE HIGH 6. ERR--Justyce
Connole. HR--Mercedes Bourgeau, Bethany McLean, Bobbie
Osterman. HBP--Annie Felice. SACB--Bailey Ferda. SB--Mikaela
Kynett, Caitlyn Konesky, Kendall Alley.
 GREAT FALLS BISON               IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Lacey Mertes (L)               5.67    8    7    7    3    3    2
Marina Larocque                0.33    2    1    1    1    1    0
 BUTTE HIGH                 
Jessica Robertson (W)          7.00    6    2    2    2    6    1
PB--Caitlyn Konesky. WP--Marina Larocque. SO--Hayley Houck,
Lacey Mertes, Annie Douglas (2), Mikaela Kynett (2), Justyce
Connole (2), Ashton LaFond, Bethany McLean. BB--Hayley
Houck, Mercedes Bourgeau, Ashton LaFond, Maria Michelotti
(2), Amanda Spear.

Third baseman Justyce Connole makes the catch for a force out.

Butte High 10, Great Falls High 5
The Bison overcame a 5-1 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Marina Larocque drilled three-run pinch-hit home run to tie the score.

The Bulldogs didn’t wait long to respond again.

Michelotti smoked the a 1-0 pitcher over the fence in center field to lead off the top of the seventh.

Justyce Connole added an RBI single, Alley hit a two-run single and Spear hit an RBI ground out to add some insurance.

Michelotti drove in Bagley for a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Osterman doubled in Michelotti in the third, and Alley singled in Ashten McCloskey in the fourth to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.

Bourgeau hit a home run in the bottom of the fourth to pull the lead to 3-1.

Then Bagley made it 5-1 with a two-out, two-run home run in the sixth inning.

Bagley smacked three of Butte High’s hits on the day. Alley, Osterman and Michelotti each had two. Osterman added a double.

Robertson struck out seven and walked four.

Came 2 scorecard

BUTTE HIGH           AB  R  H BI  GREAT FALLS BISON    AB  R  H BI
Morgan Bagley         4  2  3  2  Annie Douglas         4  0  1  0  
Amanda Spear          5  0  1  1  Mikaela Kynett        3  0  1  0  
Maria Michelotti      4  2  2  2  Hayley Houck          4  0  0  0  
Bobbie Osterman       4  1  2  1  Mercedes Bourgeau     3  2  1  1  
Bethany McLean        4  0  0  0  Bailey Ferda          3  1  2  0  
Ashton LaFond         3  1  0  0  Annie Felice          1  1  1  1  
Ashten McCloskey      3  2  1  0  Brooke Gruntowicz     1  0  0  0  
Justyce Connole       4  1  1  1   Marina Larocque      1  1  1  3  
Kendall Alley         4  1  2  3  Brooklynn Wilson      2  0  0  0  
                                   Hannah Schaeffer     1  0  0  0  
                                  Caitlyn Konesky       2  0  0  0  
                                                        1  0  0  0  
TOTALS               35 10 12 10  TOTALS               26  5  7  5
BUTTE HIGH                    101 102 5 -- 10 
GREAT FALLS BISON             000 104 0 -- 5  
LOB--BUTTE HIGH 8, GREAT FALLS BISON 6. ERR--Ashten
McCloskey, Jessica Robertson, Bailey Ferda. 2B--Bobbie
Osterman. HR--Maria Michelotti, Morgan Bagley, Mercedes
Bourgeau, Marina Larocque. SACB--Annie Felice, Mikaela
Kynett. SB--Mikaela Kynett.
 BUTTE HIGH                      IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Jessica Robertson (W)          7.00    7    5    5    4    7    2
 GREAT FALLS BISON          
Mercedes Bourgeau (L)          7.00   12   10    8    4    9    2
PB--Maria Michelotti, Caitlyn Konesky. WP--Mercedes Bourgeau
(4). SO--Justyce Connole (2), Ashton LaFond, Bethany McLean
(2), Amanda Spear (2), Kendall Alley (2), Hayley Houck,
Brooklynn Wilson, Annie Douglas, Bailey Ferda, Mikaela
Kynett, , Hannah Schaeffer. BB--Ashten McCloskey, Ashton
LaFond, Maria Michelotti, Morgan Bagley, Mercedes Bourgeau,
Brooke Gruntowicz, Annie Felice, Bailey Ferda.


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