Mullaney leads Bulldogs in rout of Knights

Mullaney leads Bulldogs in rout of Knights

MISSOULA — Ashlinn Mullaney had herself a day Saturday.

The Butte High freshman belted two home runs — a three-run shot and a grand slam — to drive in seven runs in Butte High’s 19-3 Western AA win over Missoula Hellgate.

Mullaney also pitched a no-hitter as Butte High won its third straight game. This one was called by the 15-run rule after four innings. (Boxscore)

“She’s a freak, isn’t she?” Bulldog coach Ryan Stosich said of his budding star.

The game also just beat the snow. Game time was moved up, and the junior varsity game was called off because of the coming winter weather.

Senior Kodie Hoagland and freshman Madisyn Swanson each went 4 for 4 to pace Butte High’s 17-hit attack. Hoagland’s day included a double. Senior Jordan Bolton joined Mullaney with two hits. The catcher drove in three runs.

Swanson played first base in place of Rian Ferriter, who missed the game with an illness. Hoagland, the leadoff hitter, raised her batting average to .607.

Bryn Godbout also doubled for Butte High. Gracie Ferriter, Kamber Leary, Joscelyn Cleveland and Brityn Stewart also joined in on the Butte hit parade.

Butte High scored four in the first inning. After the Knights got one back in the bottom of the inning, the Bulldogs scored seven runs in each of the next two innings.

Mullaney hit a three-run shot in the second. Her grand slam came in the third.

In the circle, Mullaney struck out 10 and walked four. She hit three batters.

Butte High (3-5 overall, 3-1 conference) will put its winning streak on the line Tuesday when the Bulldogs play host to Missoula Sentinel at Stodden Park.

“We’ll have a tough one on Tuesday,” Stosich said. “It will be a good test for us.”

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