HELENA — Butte High’s softball team lost a pair of Western AA games and their head coach Tuesday in the Capital City.
Butte High battled back from an 8-0 hole before falling 8-7 to Helena Capital in the opener. The Bruins completed the sweep with a 4-2 win in Game 2.
“They’re a good team, and we competed with them,” Butte High coach Ryan Stosich said of the Bruins. “We could have won one, maybe too. But you’ve got to finish.”
Stosich was thrown out of the second game when he argued a call at home plate in the bottom of the first inning.
“It was my first time in 16 years,” Stosich said of the ejection, which will mean he will be suspended for Thursday’s Senior Day game against Bozeman.
Stosich said the contention started when Helena Capital coach Mike Miller insisted on being the home team for both games of the doubleheader.
Normally, when teams meet once for a conference twin bill, the visiting team plays as the home team for one of the games.
That is how it worked for Butte High in doubleheaders with Missoula Big Sky, Missoula Sentinel, Missoula Hellgate and last Thursday at home against Helena High.
The Bulldogs were ready to play as the home team for Game 2 when Miller insisted otherwise. The Capital coach got his way, and Stosich referred to Miller and his insistence on playing as the home team twice as “Bush League.”
“It’s not right,” Stosich said. “I’ve never seen anything like that in my life.”
Despite the losses and the ejection, Stosich said the Bulldogs are doing some good things.
“We’re getting better, I know that,” Stosich said. “Capital is solid. They’re going to be fighting for that 2-3 spot.”
The double dip also saw Butte High senior McCaul McCarty return to the pitchers’ circle after missing time with a knee injury.
“That’s a positive,” Stosich said. “We’re coming along.”
Butte High will take on Bozeman at 4 p.m. Thursday at Stodden Park. Stosich said he will be allowed to participate in the Senior Day activities, but he will not be allowed to coach.
Helena Capital 8, Butte High 7 (Boxscore)
Capital scored five in the third and three in the fifth to take the 8-0 advantage. Butte High scored all of its runs in the sixth.
Kathryn Emmert pitched into the sixth, striking out six and walking one to get the win for the Bruins.
Taylor Sayers went 3 for 4 with a double, Jenna Priddy doubled and Anna Cockhill and Jaedyn Kent each smacked a pair of hits to lead the Capital offense.
Kodie Hoagland tripled in a 2-for-4 effort and Aubrey Corcoran went 3 for 4 to lead Butte High. Ryan Ferriter went 2 for 4 with a double, and Jaycee Burk added a two bagger.
McCarthy and Maddison Skeel hit singles.
Helena Capital 4, Butte High 2 (Boxscore)
McCarthy took the loss, but getting the Bulldog ace back in the circle was a win for Butte High.
She pitched four innings for the Bulldogs, leaving with a 2-1 lead. Capital scored three in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead.
Nyeala Herndon pitched the distance for the victory. Cockhill doubled and Sayers hit two singles to lead Capital’s attack.
Dylan Duffy homered for the Bulldogs, who got two hits from MacKenzie Tutty and Corcoran. Hoagland doubled, and McCarthy and Skeel singled.