MISSOULA — Piper Chartier was too much for the Butte High Bulldogs today.
The Billings Skyview pitcher struck out 16 batters and held the Bulldogs to three hits as the Falcons knocked off Butte 6-4 in the first-round of the Class AA State softball tournament at the Fort Missoula Complex. (Boxscore)
The Bulldogs head to a loser-out game at 11 a.m. Friday.
“We didn’t hit,” Butte High coach Ryan Stosich said.
Chartier, Keke Muessig and Isabella Ereaux homered to lead Skyview’s 11-hit attack. Katy Story doubled.
Skyview scored three in the top of the first and built the lead to 4-0 with two in the fourth.
Bryn Godbout, Joscelyn Cleveland and Gracie Ferriter scored on one error as the Bulldogs pulled to within 5-4 with four runs in the fifth. Cartier then homered for an insurance run to lead off the sixth.
Godbout, Kamber Leary and Maddi Jonart delivered singles for the Bulldogs. Jonart knocked in a run.
Freshman Ashlinn Mullaney pitched the distance in the loss.
“We competed well, and I think Ash had a little nerves in the first inning,” Stosich said. “Freshman State tournament nerves.”
Stosich said he is happy with his team’s effort, but the Bulldogs just did not play well enough to win.
“They deserved to win the game,” Stosich said of the Falcons. “They hit better than us. They played better than we did. Bottom line.”
Butte High (9-12) will take on the loser of today’s 5 p.m. Helena Capital-Belgrade game. The Panthers beat Helena High 7-5, and Capital earned a bye after winning the Western AA regular-season title.