Piazzola returns, Maroons get back in win column

LIVINGSTON — Teresa Piazzola is apparently going to be OK.

The Butte Central ace returned to the lineup Tuesday and struck out 11 batters in 5.2 innings as the Maroons beat Livingston 7-3 in a non-conference game.

Piazzola scattered seven hits and walked four batters. She gave up three earned runs.

Leadoff hitter Shawnee Hjelt went 2 for 4 with a double, triple and two RBIs to lead the BC offense as the Maroons (4-4) snapped a two-game losing streak.

Emily St. John added a double and a single in the BC 10-hit attack. Kloie Thatcher and Kassidy Criscuolo each hit a pair of singles. Corbyn Holm and Megan Michelotti each added a single.

The Maroons led 7-0 before the Rangers started finding success against Piazzola. McKenzie Gallagher got the final four outs of the win.

The Maroons are back in action Friday and Saturday at a tournament hosted by Frenchtown.

Butte Central            130      003      0 — 7 10 1
Livingston                  000      003      0 — 3   7 0

Teresa Piazzola, McKenzie Gallagher (6) and Corbyn Holm; S. Higgs and n/a. W — Piazzola (3-1). L — Higgs.
BUTTE CENTRAL (4-4) — Shawnee Hjelt 2-4, Holm 1-4, Mollie Peoples 0-4, Kelcie Thatcher 2-4, Taylor Wahl 0-3, Emily St. John 2-3, Kassidy Criscuolo 2-3, Megan Michelotti 1-3, Gallagher 0-3.
LIVINGSTON — M. Bigson 2-4, E. Cornell 0-3, C. Versland 0-4, Higgs 1-4, B. Murphy 0-4, P. Gavne 1-2, D. Ingram 0-3, S. Mushrush 1-3, K. Vandersnick 2-2.
3B — Hjelt. 2B. — Hjelt, St. John. RBIs — Hjelt 2, Holm, Thatcher, St. John, Michelotti; GMushrush, Vandersnick.