GREAT FALLS — Timing was just not on the side of the Butte High softball team Friday.
One day after the Bulldogs outslugged Missoula Big Sky for a pair of Western AA victories at Stodden Park, the Bulldogs headed to the Electric City to take on Great Falls High and Great Falls Russell in a pair of non-conference games.
Great Falls knocked off Butte High 17-8 before CMR topped the Bulldogs 12-1. Butte High did not have a travel partner for the day, meaning the Bison and Rustlers only played Butte High.
“We were just spent. We had no pitching left,” Bulldog coach Ryan Stosich said. “They gave it their all, but they were tired. I think Rian (Ferriter) pitched over 200 pitchers last night (Thursday).”
Butte High, which is 2-0 where it counts, fell to 2-5 overall on the season.
Stosich said his Bulldogs will regroup as they enter a busy stretch next week. Butte High heads to Missoula Sentinel on Tuesday before playing at Helena High on Friday. Kalispell Flathead comes to town for a twin bill next Saturday.
“We’ve just got to clean up the little things, and we’ll be fine,” Stosich said.
Great Falls High 17, Butte High 8 (Boxscore)
The Bulldogs struck first with a pair of runs in the first inning.
The Bison, though, answered with two in the first and seven in the second. After Butte High scored six in the top of the third, Great Falls came back with six of its own in the bottom half of the inning.
Emma Newmack and Morgan Sunchild homered to lead the Great Falls 12-hit attack. Alex Woehler, Tehneson Ehnes, Ashley Boland and Alex Bloomgren pitched in the win.
Great Falls also took advantage of four Butte High errors.
Madison Skeel and Bryn Godbout pitched for the Bulldogs. The action was the first at the varsity level for Godbout, a sophomore.
Jordyn Bolton and Jaycee Burke each hit a double and a single to lead Butte High’s offensive. Ferriter hit three singles, while Kodie Hoagland, Aubree Corcoran, Dylan Duffy and Godbout each hit one.
Duffey drove in three runs. Burke knocked in two and Ferriter drove in one.
CMR 12, Butte High 1 (Boxscore)
Three more runs led to seven unearned runs to Ferriter and Skeel as Butte High dropped the second game in five innings.
The Rustlers led 2-1 before breaking the game open with six runs in the third and four n the fourth.
Corcoran doubled and Ferriter poked a pair of singles to lead the Butte High offense. Bolton, Skeel and MacKenzie Tutty singled for the Bulldogs.