Bulldogs walk to win in Missoula

MISSOULA — Butte High took advantage of 17 walks Tuesday, and the Bulldogs cruised to a 19-0 non-conference softball win over Missoula Sentinel.

The first six Bulldogs to bat in the first inning came in to score, and Butte High left little doubt in rolling their record to 10-8 on the season. Four of those first six batters walked, while the other two were hit by a pitch.

The game was halted after five innings by the 10-run rule.

Butte High did its damage on three hits — singles by Baylee Thatcher, Morgan Bagley and McKenzie Joseph. Thatcher drove in three runs, while Joseph, Bobby Osterman and Kendall Alley each drove in two.

Ashten McCloseky and Amanda Spear each drew three walks to set the table for the Bulldog lineup.

Every Bulldog to go to bat reached base at least once, as Maria Michelotti, Bethany McLean, Ellie Hoffenbacker, Abby Burke, Justyce Connole and Ashton LaFond all contributed to the win.

Then, of course, there was ace pitcher Jessica Robertson. She struck out nine batters in five innings while scattering three hits.

Cady Lanzel doubled, while Sentinel teammates Halle Nurse and Serina Breum singled.

Butte High is back in action Thursday when the Bulldogs head to Great Falls for a key Eastern AA doubleheader with CMR.

Butte-Sentinel scorecard

BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS  AB  R  H BI  MISSOULA SENTINEL SP AB  R  H BI
Ashten McCloskey      2  3  0  0  Halle Nurse           2  0  1  0  
Amanda Spear          1  1  0  0  Serina Breum          2  0  1  0  
 McKenzie Joseph      1  2  1  2  Timber Plenger        2  0  0  0  
Maria Michelotti      2  2  0  1  Cady Lanzel           1  0  1  0  
Bobbie Osterman       1  2  0  2  Ashna Laird           2  0  0  0  
Bethany McLean        1  1  0  1  Kealey Gillis         2  0  0  0  
 Ellie Hoffenbacker   1  1  0  0  Emily Earl            2  0  0  0  
Baylee Thatcher       3  1  1  3  Savannah Ganieany     2  0  0  0  
Morgan Bagley         3  2  1  1  Chauntelle Nelson     2  0  0  0  
Justyce Connole       1  0  0  1                                    
 Ashton LaFond        1  1  0  1                                    
Kendall Alley         2  2  0  2                                    
*Abby Burke           0  1  0  0                                    
TOTALS               19 19  3 14  TOTALS               17  0  3  0
BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS           602 0110 -- 19 
MISSOULA SENTINEL SPARTANS    000 00x -- 0  
LOB--BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS 9, MISSOULA SENTINEL SPARTANS 3.
ERR--Kealey Gillis, Ashna Laird, Savannah Ganieany. 2B--Cady
Lanzel. HBP--Justyce Connole, Maria Michelotti (2), Bobbie
Osterman (2), Kendall Alley.
 BUTTE HIGH BULLDOGS             IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Jessica Robertson (W)          5.00    3    0    0    1    9    0
 MISSOULA SENTINEL SPARTANS 
Kealey Gillis (L)              0.00    0    3    3    2    0    0
Halle Nurse                    4.67    3   16    5   13    6    0
Timber Plenger                 0.33    0    0    0    2    0    0
PB--Emily Earl (5). WP--Halle Nurse (4). SO--Ashten
McCloskey, Ashton LaFond, Bethany McLean, Bobbie Osterman,
Morgan Bagley, Baylee Thatcher, Timber Plenger, Ashna Laird,
Chauntelle Nelson (2), Savannah Ganieany (2), Halle Nurse,
Emily Earl (2). BB--Ashten McCloskey (3), Ashton LaFond,
Maria Michelotti, Ellie Hoffenbacker, Bethany McLean (2),
Amanda Spear (3), Bobbie Osterman (2), Kendall Alley, Morgan
Bagley, Baylee Thatcher (2), Cady Lanzel.


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