Maroons lock up State berth in Anaconda

ANACONDA — Butte Central will once again compete in the Class A State tournament.

The Maroons clinched the trip to Belgrade next week with a 4-0 Southwestern A win over rival Anaconda at a wet Charlotte Yeoman Martin Complex.

Four different Maroons drove in a run to back up freshman pitcher Teresa Piazzola, who struck out 10 Copperheads in the four-hit victory.

“They played amazingly,” BC coach Kelci Thatcher said. “It was nice to see that.”

Freshman Shawnee Hjelt joined the BC lineup last week because of a concussion to third baseman Katie Hogart. Apparently, Hjelt is there to stay.

Hjelt, in the line up as a designated hitter with Hogart back at third, led off the game with a double to get the Maroons started. After taking second on a bunt by Hannah Stajcar, Hjelt scored on a sacrifice fly by catcher Shannon McLaughlin.

Mikayla Boggs reached on an error in the third inning. She took third on a single by Hjelt and scored on a Stajcar grounder to make it 2-0.

BC added two runs in the sixth inning.

Stajcar reached on an error and scored on a bunt by Hogart. McLaughlin singled and scored on a single by Taylor Marthaller.

“We jumped out on them and we kept the momentum throughout the game,” Thatcher said. “They competed the whole game. I couldn’t be happier for them.”

Marthaller joined Hjelt with a two-hit game for the Maroons, who improved to 5-2 in conference and 8-9 overall.

Courtney Moodry, Karli King, Delanie Chapman and Julia Peterson singled to lead the Copperheads, who couldn’t capitalize on five walks.

Brooke Chapman struck out nine batters in the loss.

The Maroons close out the regular season Saturday against Stevensville. That game will begin at noon at Stodden Park.

The Maroons will honor seniors Marthaller, Stajcar, McLaughlin, Hogart, Danika Neumann and Aleesha LaBreche as part of the Senior Day festivities.

BUTTE CENTRAL AB R H BI AHS COPPERHEADS AB R H BI
Shawnee Hjelt         4  1  2  0  Courtney Moodry       3  0  1  0  
Hannah Stacjar        2  1  0  1  Karli King            3  0  1  0  
Shannon McLaughlin    2  1  1  1  Brooke Chapman        3  0  0  0  
Danika Neumann         2  0  0  0  Lauren Bolton         1  0  0  0  
Kate Hogart           2  0  0  1  Delanie Chapman       3  0  1  0  
Taylor Marthaller     3  0  2  1  Sarah Schaefer        2  0  0  0  
Aleesha LaBreche      3  0  0  0  Lacey Moodry          3  0  0  0  
Mikayla Boggs         3  1  0  0  Cassandra Flores      2  0  0  0  
Teresa Piazola        3  0  0  0  Julia Peterson        3  0  1  0  
TOTALS               24  4  5  4  TOTALS               23  0  4  0
BUTTE CENTRAL 101 002 0 -- 4 AHS COPPERHEADS 000 000 0 -- 0  
LOB--BUTTE CENTRAL 3, AHS COPPERHEADS 11. ERR--Cassandra
Flores, Sarah Schaefer. 2B--Shawnee Hjelt. HBP--Cassandra
Flores, Lauren Bolton. SACF--Shannon McLaughlin. SACB--Kate
Hogart, Danika Neuman, Hannah Stacjar, Sarah Schaefer, Karli
King.
 BUTTE CENTRAL IP H R ER BB SO HR
Teresa Piazola (W)             7.00    4    0    0    5   10    0
 AHS COPPERHEADS           
Brooke Chapman (L)             7.00    5    4    1    0    9    0
PB--Shannon McLaughlin (2). SO--Aleesha LaBreche (2), Kate
Hogart (2), Teresa Piazola (2), Danika Neuman, Shannon
McLaughlin, Mikayla Boggs, Brooke Chapman (2), Lacey Moodry
(3), Delanie Chapman, Julia Peterson, Cassandra Flores,
Lauren Bolton, Karli King. BB--Brooke Chapman, Courtney
Moodry, Delanie Chapman, Lauren Bolton (2).
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