BOZEMAN — Butte High’s softball team finally got into the win column in Eastern AA play Thursday.
They did it in a pretty special way, too.
Sophomore pitcher McCaul McCarthy pitched the first no-hitter of her varsity career, and the Bulldogs beat Bozeman 11-1.
Butte High won 15-6 to complete the sweep in the doubleheader that was played through wind, cold and sometimes a blizzard. Only the first game counted in league standings.
The Bulldogs (3-11 overall and 1-7 in conference) are back in action Monday when they play a makeup twin bill against Great Falls Russell at 2 p.m. at Stodden Park.
Butte High 11, Bozeman 1 (5-innings)
McCarthy struck out seven and worked around five walks to get the no-hitter in the game that was called after five innings by the 10-run rule.
Butte High’s offense pounded out 10 hits, with Brittney Tierney and McCarthy each smacking a pair of hits. Tierney, who caught both games, hit a single and a double while driving in two.
Trisha Ericson singled and knocked in three runs. Kodie Hoagland, MacKenzie Tutty, Taylor Huff, Bradie Lester and Jaden Cleveland also hit a single in the win.
Aubree Corcoran drew a walk as all nine Bulldogs with an at bat reached base.
Butte High 114 14 — 11 10 1
Bozeman 100 00 — 1 0 6
McCaul McCarthy and Brittney Tierney; Parker Wemple and Kayli Weirs. W — McCarthy (2-7). L — Wemple.
BUTTE HIGH (2-11, 1-7) — Kodie Hoagland 1-3, MacKenzie Tutty 1-3, Tierney 2-3, Taylor Huff 1-2, Bradie Lester 1-4, Trisha Ericson 1-3, McCarthy 2-4, Jaden Cleveland 1-2, Aubree Corcoran 0-2, MaKenna Carpenter 0-0.
BOZEMAN — Josie Laufenberg 0-2, Weirs 0-2, Tessa Laufenberg 0-1, Abi McGee 0-2, Mikayla Davison 0-2, Gabby Klein 0-2, Ciara Strom 0-1, Karly Stomberg 0-2, Hallie Doble 0-1.
2B — Tierney. RBIs — Ericson 3, Tutty 2, Tierney 2, McCarthy, Cleveland.
Butte High 15, Bozeman 6
Hoagland led off the game with the triple, and things just got better for the Bulldogs.
Butte High smacked 16 hits, including a pair of home runs by shortstop Taylor Huff.
Huff hit a two-run home run and a three-run shot in a monster game. She went 3 for 4 with six RBIs and four runs scored.
McCarthy went 4 for 5 with three RBIs and two runs. She joined Tierney with a double.
Tierney also singled, while Cameron LaFond hit two singles in Butte High’s 16-hit attack. Tutty, Jaycee Burke, Cleveland and Carpenter singled for Butte High.
Madison Skeel pitched the distance, scattering five hits for her first varsity win. She struck out four and walked one. Only one of the five runs allowed was earned because Butte High committed six errors in the cold.
Ciara Strom went 3 for 4 with a double to lead the Hawks.
Butte High 204 240 3 — 15 16 6
Bozeman 200 101 2 — 6 5 3
Madison Skeel and Tierney; Hallie Doble and Weirs. W — Skeel (1-3). L — Doble.
BUTTE HIGH (3-11) — Hoagland 1-5, Tutty 1-3, Tierney 2-3, Huff 3-4, McCarthy 4-5, Ericson 0-3, Jaycee Burke 1-1, Cleveland 1-5, Carpenter 1-5, Cameron LaFond 2-3, Corcoran 0-0.
BOZEMAN — Weirs 0-5, Gracie Ouellette 0-4, J. Laufenberg 0-4, McGee 0-4, T. Laufenberg 1-3, Ciara Strom 3-4, Natalie Walker 0-2, Hailey Drab 0-3, Shelby Guenther 1-2.
HR — Huff 2. 3B — Hoagland. 2B — McCarthy, Tierney; Strom. RBIs — Huff 6, McCarthy 3, Tutty 2, Carpenter; Guenther 2, T. Laufenberg, Strom.