POLSON — Butte Central opened the softball season with losses to Polson and Columbia Falls Saturday at the Polson Softball Complex.
Polson overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat the Maroons 7-4 in the first game. Columbia Falls held off a seventh-inning rally to top the Maroons 5-3 in the second game.
The Maroons are off until April 7 when they hit the road for a Southwestern A game at Stevensville. BC’s first home action is April 11 against Hamilton and Corvallis.
Polson 7, Butte Central 4
Kaelen Wall doubled and drove in four runs to lead the Pirates to the win. Skyla Krantz tripled, while catcher Sarah Rausch doubled in the win.
Camas Renault struck out three and walked four in the victory.
Mollie Peoples and catcher Corbyn Holm each smacked a pair of hits for the Maroons. Holm hit two doubles. Shawnee Hjelt and Emily St. John each added a double for BC. Taylor Wahl and Teresa Piazzola added singles.
Piazzola struck out 11 batters and surrendered six hits in the loss. Four of the seven runs were unearned.
Butte Central 400 000 0 — 4 8 3
Polson 000 232 x — 7 6 2
Teresa Piazzola and Corbyn Holm; Camas Renault and Sarah Rausch. W — Renault. L — Teresa Piazzola.
BUTTE CENTRAL — Shawnee Hjelt 1-2, Emily St. John 1-2, Kloie Thatcher 0-3, Mollie Peoples 2-4, Taylor Wahl 1-3, Corbyn Holm 2-4, Teresa Piazzola 1-4, Megan Michelotti 0-3, McKenzie Gallagher 0-3.
POLSON — Jaiden Toth 1-3, Kaelen Wall 1-4, Kaelyn Smith 0-2, Hannah Potter 0-4, Taylor Brackey 2-3, Rausch 1-2, Ashley Benson 1-3, Lydia Dupuis 0-3, Skyla Krantz 1-2..
3B — Krantz. 2B — Hjelt, St. John, Holm; Wall, Rausch. RBIs — Holm 2, Piazzola; Wall 4, Rausch 2. SB — Hjelt, Thatcher, Michelotti; Toth 2.
Columbia Falls 5, Butte Central 3
The Maroons led 1-0 before Alysha Cantu blasted a three-run home run in the third inning to put the Wildkats up for good.
Columbia Falls built the lead to 5-1 before the Maroons scored two in the top of the seventh.
Ashley Trueblood stuck out nine BC batters in the win.
Kloie Thatcher went 3-for-4 with a double to lead the BC offense. Peoples ad Megan Michelotti each hit a double. Michelotti also singled.
St. John and Holm joined Michelotti with a two-hit game. Wahl and Kassidy Criscuolo hit singles.
McKenzie Gallagher fanned five batters in the loss.
Butte Central 100 000 2 — 3 12 1
Columbia Falls 000 311 x — 5 7 0
McKenzie Gallagher and Corbyn Holm; Ashley Trueblood and n/a/. W — Trueblood. L — Gallagher.
BUTTE CENTRAL — Shawne Hjelt 0-1, Emily St. John 2-4, Kloie Thatcher 3-4, Mollie Peoples 1-4, Taylor Wahl 1-3, Corbyn Holm 2-4, Megan Michelotti 2-4, Kassidy Criscuolo 1-3, Desiree Blunt 0-2, McKenzie Gallagher 0-3.
COLUMBIA FALLS — Carlee Brown 2-3, Madi Fetters 0-3, Trueblood 2-3, Breanna Friar 1-2, Lottie Ellis 0-1, Alysha Cantu 1-3, Katie Price 0-3, Samantha Collins 1-3, Kaitlyn Hoerner 0-3.
HR — Cantu. 2B — Kloie Thatcher, Mollie Peoples, Megan Michelotti. RBIs — Cantu 3, Collins, Trueblood; Peoples, Taylor Wahl, Corbyn Holm. SB — Brown, Trueblood, Ellis; Emily St. John, Thatcher, Michelotti.