Maroons settle for second in rain-shortened divisional

HAMILTON — Butte Central has to settle for the No. 2 seed from the Southwestern A.

The regular-season champion Maroons placed second in the rain-shortened divisional tournament Saturday. BC fell 9-8 to Hamilton before topping Anaconda 2-1 in the second-place game that was called after five innings.

BC would have played Hamilton in the championship game — and the Maroons would have had to win twice — if weather permitted the tournament to continue.

As it is, the Maroons will play at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Class A State tournament in Anaconda.

Second-place
BC 2, Anaconda 1 (5 innings)

Shawnee Hjelt singled and scored on an Emily St. John single as the Maroons walked off in the rain.

The game was called after Hjelt’s foot hit home plate.

The Copperheads built a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Hanna Schaefer scored on a wild pitch.

The Maroons tied the game at 1 when Kloie Thatcher walked, stole second and scored on a St. John single in the third.

Mollie Peoples and Corbyn Holm also singled for the Maroons. McKenzie Gallagher struck out five batters in the win two-hit win.

Lacee Moodry singled and Kassandra Flores doubled for the Copperheads.

 ANACONDA             AB  R  H BI  BUTTE CENTRAL        AB  R  H BI
Lacee Moodry          2  0  1  0  Kloie Thatcher        1  1  0  0  
Randee Jo Johnson     2  0  0  0  Emily St. John        3  0  2  2  
Hanna Schaefer        2  1  0  0  Mollie Peoples        2  0  1  0  
Kassandra Flores      2  0  1  0  Teresa Piazzola       2  0  0  0  
Michaela Cortright    2  0  0  0  Taylor Wahl           2  0  0  0  
Shea Forsberg         2  0  0  0  Corbyn Holm           2  0  1  0  
Shelbie Roche         2  0  0  0  Kassidy Criscuolo     1  0  0  0  
Kristy Hayden         2  0  0  0  Megan Michelotti      2  0  0  0  
Justice Warner        1  0  0  0  Shawnee Hjelt         2  1  1  0  
TOTALS               17  1  2  0  TOTALS               17  2  5  2
ANACONDA                      100 00 -- 1  
BUTTE CENTRAL                 001 01 -- 2  
LOB--ANACONDA  1, BUTTE CENTRAL 6. ERR--Kassandra Flores.
2B--Kassandra Flores. SB--Kloie Thatcher.
 ANACONDA                        IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Kristy Hayden (L)              4.00    5    2    2    3    3    0
 BUTTE CENTRAL              
McKenzie Gallagher (W)         5.00    2    1    0    0    5    0
PB--Corbyn Holm. WP--McKenzie Gallagher. SO--Hanna Schaefer,
Shelbie Roche (2), Randee Jo Johnson, Michaela Cortright,
Kassidy Criscuolo, Teresa Piazzola (2). BB--Kloie Thatcher
(2), Kassidy Criscuolo.

Semifinal
Hamilton 9, BC 8

The Maroons nearly erased a 9-4 deficit in the game that started nearly three hours late because rain limited the tournament to one field.

Thatcher hit a two-run home run to highlight BC’s comeback attempt.

A box score is not available for this game.



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