Spartans take two from Bulldogs in Missoula

Spartans take two from Bulldogs in Missoula

MISSOULA — The weather could not have been any better for Butte High’s softball team as the Bulldogs took on Missoula Sentinel.

On the field, however, it was just not Butte High’s day.

The Bulldogs committed four errors in the first inning, and the Spartans went on to a Western AA doubleheader sweep of Butte High. Sentinel won 13-3 and 13-1. The first game was called after five innings by the 10-run rule. The second game went six innings.

“We didn’t come out of the gates really well,” Butte High coach Ryan Stosich said. “We’ve got to swing the bat better and make the plays.”

Stosich said the Spartans had a lot to do with Butte High’s shortcomings on the day.

“I’m assuming they’ll be one or two on our side,” he said. “They’re solid up and down. They’ve got a couple pretty good pitchers, and they swing the bat well.”

The losses drop the Bulldogs to 2-2 in conference play. Butte High is scheduled to play host to Kalispell Flathead in a doubleheader at noon Saturday at Stodden Park.

Wednesday’s game was moved up a day because of rain in the forecast on Thursday.

Missoula Sentinel 13, Butte High 3 (Boxscore)
Sentinel jumped out to a 7-0 lead with four runs in the first inning and three in the second.

The Spartans put the game away with three runs each in the fourth and fifth.

The Bulldogs committed six errors on the game. Offensively, they smacked five singles.

Kodie Hoagland, Aubree Corcoran, Jordyn Bolton, Dylan Duffey and Mia Antonioli each hit a single for Butte High. Hoagland, Corcoran and Bolton each drove in a run. Bolton and Hoagland also walked in the game.

Missoula Sentinel 13, Butte High 1 (Boxscore)
As the visiting team in the nightcap, the Spartans jumped out with three runs in the top of the first inning.

After Butte High responded with a run in the third, Sentinel opened the game with four in the second and two in the third.

Butte High managed just two hits in the second game, singles by Rian Ferriter and Antonioli. Hoagland drew a pair of walks. Ferriter walked once.

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