Robertson, Bulldogs roll in Belgrade

BELGRADE — Jessica Robertson didn’t need much support Thursday.

The Butte High pitcher got it anyway.

Justyce Connole hit a two-run home run and Maria Michelotti and Bethany McLean each pounded three hits to back up Robertson’s stellar pitching performance as the Bulldog softball team rolled to a 7-0 non-conference win over Belgrade.

Robertson struck out 10 batters and allowed four hits — three by Alli Alstrom — as Butte High evened its record at 1-1.

“Jessica pitched very well,” Butte High coach Steve Stosich said. “No big hits. They were just small dribblers. She was in control the whole game.”

Connole hit the home run in Butte High’s four-run second inning.

“That kind of set the tone for us,” Stosich said. “We played very well.”

Michelotti doubled and drove in two runs for the Bulldogs. Amanda Spear doubled and singled, while Baylee Thatcher and Bobbie Osterman each smacked two singles. Ashten McCloskey and Ashton LaFond also singled for the Bulldogs.

Alstrom doubled for Belgrade. Hanna Goulet added a single, and Kristina West struck out nine batters in the losing effort.

“Belgrade is tough,” Stosich said.

Butte High is back in action Friday when they take on Helena High and Helena Capital at Stodden Park, starting at 1 p.m.

Those games were moved up one day because of rain in the forecast on Saturday.

Butte-Belgrade scorebook

BUTTE HIGH           AB  R  H BI  BELGRADE PANTHERS    AB  R  H BI
Amanda Spear          4  1  2  1  Skyla Neubauer        1  0  0  0  
Ashten McCloskey      4  1  1  1  Autumn Rollins        3  0  0  0  
 Kendall Alley        1  0  0  0  Kristina West         3  0  0  0  
Maria Michelotti      5  1  3  2  Hanna Goulet          3  0  1  0  
Baylee Thatcher       3  0  2  0  Alli Alstrom          3  0  3  0  
Bobbie Osterman       4  0  2  1  Rylee Cygan           3  0  0  0  
Ashton LaFond         4  1  1  0  Judy Taylor           3  0  0  0  
Justyce Connole       4  1  1  2  Kindall Bethke        2  0  0  0  
Bethany McLean        4  2  3  0   Jordan Branch        1  0  0  0  
Morgan Bagley         3  0  0  0  Rachel Salsbury       3  0  0  0  
TOTALS               36  7 15  7  TOTALS               25  0  4  0
BUTTE HIGH                    040 002 1 -- 7  
BELGRADE PANTHERS             000 000 0 -- 0  
LOB--BUTTE HIGH 11, BELGRADE PANTHERS 6. ERR--Bobbie
Osterman, Judy Taylor, Kindall Bethke (2). 2B--Maria
Michelotti, Amanda Spear, Alli Alstrom. HR--Justyce Connole.
HBP--Skyla Neubauer. SACB--Morgan Bagley. SB--Ashton LaFond.
 BUTTE HIGH                      IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Jessica Robertson (W)          7.00    4    0    0    1   10    0
 BELGRADE PANTHERS          
Kristina West (L)              7.00   15    7    7    2    9    1
PB--Rylee Cygan (2). SO--Ashten McCloskey (2), Justyce
Connole (3), Ashton LaFond (2), Amanda Spear, Kendall Alley,
Judy Taylor (2), Rachel Salsbury (3), Hanna Goulet (2),
Autumn Rollins, Kindall Bethke, Jordan Branch. BB--Amanda
Spear, Baylee Thatcher, Skyla Neubauer.


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