Butte Central took the drama out early in their first game of the second day at the LaVerne Combo Invitational softball tournament.
Ten different Maroons scored at least one run Saturday, and BC cruised to a 16-2 victory over Whitefish on Field 3 at Stodden Park.
Freshman Kloie Thatcher scattered seven hits and struck out seven Bulldogs to pick up the win the pitcher’s circle. She also got the BC offense rolling.
Thatcher fouled off several pitches before drawing a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first inning. She took second on an error, stole third and scored on a wild pitch to put the Maroons on top for good.
Teresa Piazzola, playing first base, hit a two-run single to score Emily St. John and Taylor Wahl to cap the three-run first inning.
The Maroons added five runs in the third inning on just one hit, a two-run single by Mollie Peoples.
BC also took advantage of four walks and two batters were hit by a pitch in the inning.
The Maroon bats put the game away in the fourth, smacking seven hits to score eight runs.
Peoples went 2 for 4, catcher Corbyn Holm went 2 for 3 and substitute Desaray Blunt went 2 for 2 to lead the Maroons, who did their damage on nine singles. Thatcher and Megan Michelotti joined Piazzola with one hit.
Thatcher, St. John, Wahl, Blunt, Kassidy Criscuolo and McKenzie Gallagher each scored two runs. Peoples, Piazzola, Blunt and Holm each drove in a pair.
Abby Reese hit an RBI single paced the Bulldogs. Michaela McDowell stole home for the other Whitefish run.
The Maroons, the Southwestern A champions who improved to 11-8 on the season, close out the tournament at 4 p.m. against Lewistown at Stodden Park.
Whitefish 000 02 — 2 7 2
Butte Central 305 8x — 16 9 0
Halle Reading and Madi Davis; Kloie Thatcher and Corbyn Holm. W — Thatcher (1-1). L — Reading.
WHITEFISH — Lauren McDonald 0-2, Baileigh Kraus 1-1, Davis 1-3, Kenzie Carl 2-3, Michaela McDowell 0-2, Abby Reese 1-3, Savanah Eisenbarth 203, Reading 0-1, Lily Stedman 0-2, Abby Nelson 0-2.
BUTTE CENTRAL (11-8) — Thatcher 1-2 Emily St. John 0-3, Mollie Peoples 2-4, Taylor Wahl 0-2, Teresa Piazzola 1-1, Desaray Blunt 2-2, Holm 2-3, Megan Michelotti 1-1, Kassidy Criscuolo 0-1, Kara Barnett 0-1, McKenzie Gallagher 0-2.
2B — Carl. RBIs — Reese; Peoples 2, Piazzola 2, Blunt 2, Holm 2, Thatcher, Michelotti, Gallagher.