Butte Central wasted little time hitting its stride today at the Laverne Combo Invitational softball tournament.
The Maroons scored four runs in the first inning as they jumped out to an 11-0 lead and held on to beat Sidney 11-7 in a non-conference game at Stodden Park’s Field No. 3.
Leadoff hitter Danika Neumann drew a walk and took third base easily on a bunt by Hannah Stajcar. Neumann scored on an error on the play, giving the Maroons the lead for good.
Butte Central took advantage of eight Sidney errors — six in the first two innings — to take command.
BC outhit Sidney 10-4. Shawnee Hjelt, Shannon McLaughlin and Taylor Marthaller each smacked two hits to lead the BC attack. Shelby Paffhausen doubled, while Teresa Piazzola, Aleesha LaBreche and Aiden Dennehy all singled in the win.
All nine BC batters reached base.
Mikayla Boggs pitched the distance, striking out four in the win. Boggs walked seven batters and the Eagles rallied late.
Sidney scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to make things interesting. The Eagles took advantage of three straight walks and a double by Colleen Crosby in the inning.
Stajcar, though, made a nice play at second base to stop the bleeding and end the inning. Then the game was called by the tournament time limit.
The Maroons are back in action at 6 p.m. when they take on Hamilton in a Southwestern A game. There will be no time limit for that game.
All of BC’s games are on Stodden’s Field 3.
Sidney 000 205 — 7 4 8
Butte Central 434 00x — 11 10 2
Morgan Thiel, Holly Papineau (4) and Abby Baccer; Mikayla Boggs and Shannon McLaughlin. W — Boggs. L — Thiel. Papineau
SIDNEY — Theiel 1-2, Colleen Crosby 1-3, Baccer 0-3, Tori Getchell 1-2, Papineau 0-1, Madie Crosby 0-2, Tessah Desjariais 1-3, Desirea Fasching 0-2, Mikayla Verhasselt 1-2, Lindse Minnow 0-0.
BUTTE CENTRAL (7-6) — Danika Neumann 0-3, Hannah Stajcar 0-3, Shannon McLaughlin 2-4, Kate Ossello 0-0, Shawnee Hjelt 2-3, Teresa Piazzola 1-2, Taylor Marthaller 2-3, Aleesha LaBreche 1-3, McKenzie Gallagher 0-0, Aiden Dennehy 1-3, Shelby Paffhausen 1-3.
2B — C. Crosby; Paffhausen. RBIs — Fasching 2, Theil, C. Crosby, Verhasselt; Marthaller 2, Neumann, Stajcar, Piazzola.