Mullaney K’s 11 as Bulldogs blank Knights

MISSOULA — Junior pitcher Ashlinn Mullaney struck out 11 batters while spinning a two-hitter in a 10-0 Butte High Western AA Conference softball victory over Missoula Hellgate on Friday.
Mullaney walked none in her sterling outing and also slugged a home run. She drove in two runs and scored twice while going 1-for-2 at the plate.
The Bulldogs pounded 13 hits total in whipping the Knights. Gracie Ferriter and Kamber Leary each drilled doubles. Leary also had two singles and Ashby Lee went 3-for-3 from the batter’s box.
Two hits each were cracked by Ferriter, Madisyn Swanson and Gracie Jonart.
Butte High took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and ended the game after six on the 10-run difference rule.
Hellgate’s hits were singles by Shannon Kane and Ella Lambert.
The Bulldogs’ defense backed Mullaney with errorless ball.
Butte High now has records of 3-10 overall and 2-7 in conference play and will play a makeup game at Helena High on Monday after Thursday’s game with the Bengals was postponed because of snow. Hellgate fell to 1-13 and 0-8 with the loss.

Butte High 301 231 x — 10 13 0
Hellgate 000 000 x — 0 2 1
Ashlinn Mullaney and Gracie Ferriter. Kaylie Moe and Ella Lambert. W — Mullaney (2-9). L — Moe.
BUTTE HIGH (3-10, 2-7) — Gracie Ferriter 2-4, Ashlinn Mullaney 1-2, Kamber Leary 3-4, Madisyn Swanson 2-4, Reese Johnson 0-0, Mattie Stepan 0-4, Gracie Jonart 2-3, Ashby Lee 3-3, Taylor Drakos 0-2, Hailey Skeel 0-1, Dacelyn LaFond 0-3, Avery Barsness 0-0.
MISSOULA HELLGATE (1-13, 0-8) — Quinn Kirschenheiter 0-3, Kaylie Moe 0-3, Shannon Kane 1-2, Ella Lambert 1-2, Kajia Nagle 0-2, Donalynn Headswift 0-2, Keira Babbitt 0-2, Olivia Schubert 0-2, Amelia Richmond 0-2.
Extra-base hits — 2B — Ferriter, Leary. HR — Mullaney (4).
Runs batted in — Butte High 9 (Mullaney 2, Leary 2, Jonart 2, Ferriter 1, Stepan 1, Lee 1), Hellgate 0.