Missoulian Softball roundup
In Missoula Big Sky's first two softball games of the season - both losses - the Eagles had great pitching, but no timely hits.
The Eagles got both Thursday in a 5-0 Western AA win over Kalispell at McEnaney Field. The teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader, but the second game was rained out.
Senior Lisa Macki pitched seven strong innings, striking out 12 and allowing just two hits to improve to 1-2 on the season. Macki has 45 strikeouts in three games this season.
Junior Collette Phillips went 3-for-4, drove in two runs and scored two to lead the Eagles' offense.
"Our girls were having some fun today," said Big Sky coach Al Stohle. "They were putting the bat on the ball. Those things are starting to come around."
Phillips and Amanda Armstrong each doubled for the Eagles, while Hollie Zeier and Linae Foshag each added run-scoring singles.
Natalie Dachs and Erin Knutson. Lisa Macki and Hollie Zeier. W - Macki (1-2) L - Dachs (2-1)
KALISPELL - Cynthia Knutson 0-3, Erin Knutson 0-3, Stephanie Lanfear 0-3, Sara Hanley 1-2, Sara Stanhope 0-1, Natalie Dachs 1-2, Jordan Waverek 0-1, Valissa Sneck 0-3, Shannon Berry 0-2, Jen Shandorf 0-2, Sarah Stadler 0-2.
BIG SKY - Amanda Armstrong 1-4, Collette Phillips 3-4, Macki 0-4, Hollie Zeier 2-4, Linae Foshag 2-3, Deidre Ranf 0-4, Amanda Stubb 0-3, Meaghan Houlihan 0-2, Heidi Fred 0-3.
2B - Armstrong, Phillips. RBIs - Phillips 2, Zeier, Foshag.
€ Butte Central 14, Corvallis 0
At Corvallis, make it 30 straight for the defending Class A champions.
Lindsay Thatcher and Megan Foley each had three hits to lead reigning state champion Butte Central to the Central A victory over Corvallis. The game was halted after five innings because of the 10-run rule. The Maroons are 4-0 this season and haven't lost since the 1998 Class A state tournament.
Alicia Wheeler struck out six and allowed just two singles to move to 4-0. She threw 71 pitches, 50 for strikes. Butte Central broke the game open with a 10-run second inning. Thatcher and Wheeler each drove in three runs.
Tiffany Nash had singles for Corvallis (2-3, 2-5).
Alicia Wheeler and J.J. Hogart. Chanel Evanoff and Kasey Smith. W - Wheeler (4-0). L - Evanoff (1-5).
BUTTE CENTRAL - Sarah Thatcher 0-1, Lindsay Thatcher 3-4, Wheeler 2-4, Kelsey Orizotti 2-4, Hogart 1-4, Brandy Darlo 0-1, Megan Foley 3-3, Aimee Stagnoli 0-1, Erika Mahoney 1-3, Liz Henrih 2-3, Ciana Roeber 1-2.
CORVALLIS - Tiffany Nash 1-1, Kayla Chavez 0-2, Evanoff 0-2, Heather Ruhnke 0-2, K. Smith 0-2, Kristine Campbell 0-2, Nicole Murray 0-2, Erin Jarvis 1-2, Krista Bandy 0-2, Dawn Bender 0-0
2B - Wheeler, Hogart, Henrih, L. Thatcher. RBIs - L. Thatcher 3, Wheeler 3, Hogart, Foley 2, Henrih.