Missoulian Softball roundup
Everyone has heard of pitching rotations, but none like the one used by Missoula Hellgate softball coach Eric Hays.
Hays has a tradition of starting freshmen on the mound and keeping them there for four seasons. Last season was the first time in his coaching career that he didn't use a pitcher who was a starter in his program as a freshman.
Erica DeMers revived the tradition Tuesday, earning her first varsity victory while guiding the Knights to an 8-4 Western AA win over Helena High at McCormick Park.
"I've had a number of freshmen start for me and had a good cycle of pitchers go that way," said Hays.
DeMers pitched the complete game, allowing nine hits, three walks and striking out four.
Hellgate scored all the runs it needed in the third inning, getting a boost from a Helena defense that committed six errors in the game.
Hellgate scored six runs in the third frame while getting only two hits. Senior Courtney Callaghan lead the charge going 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.
Amy Brooks, Melissa Cronen (6) and Misty Hamilton, A. Duncan (6). Erica DeMers and Ellen Buchman. W - DeMers (1-0) L - Brooks (0-1).
HELENA HIGH - Mandy Brown 2-4, Jennifer Maloy 2-4, Jade Anders 0-3, Anna Doubek 1-3, Hamilton 0-2, Duncan 2-2, M. Ewen 0-3, Amy McArdel 0-3, Ashley Miller 1-3, Brooks 0-2, Cronen 1-1.
HELLGATE - Mandy Hays 0-5, Karin Gorseth 1-1, Jackie Buhl 1-3, Natasha Coulston 0-2, Courtney Callaghan 2-4, Ellen Buchman 1-3, Erica DeMers 1-3, Charis Cardarelli 1-3, Tiffany Davidson 0-3.
RBIs - Helena: Duncan 2, Ewan, Brooks. Hellgate: Callaghan, DeMers, Cardarelli, Davidson
€ Ronan 20, Bigfork 5
At Bigfork, sophomore Jenaia McGreevey struck out 10 and allowed just three hits leading Central A Ronan to a win over Western A Bigfork.
Catcher Abby Olsson went 5-for-5 with a triple for Ronan, which won for the first time this season.
Kristen Gaynor picked up the loss for Bigfork, which was playing its first game of the season. The Vals committed seven costly errors.
Jenaia McGreevey and Abby Olsson. Kristen Gaynor and Paula Meyer. W - McGreevey (1-2). L - Gaynor (0-1)
RONAN - Charla Bick 1-4, McGreevey 1-3, Erika VanMaanen 2-4, Olsson 5-5, Cara Irvine 1-2, Tara Irvine 1-4, Angie Patch 1-3, Carla Kinney 0-2, Athena Brown 0-4, Sara Drollman 1-1, Leslie Anderson 0-1.
BIGFORK - Meyer 1-2, Jessi Farris 0-2, Gaynor 1-3, Tabetha Rice 0-1, Nikki Zaragoza 0-3, Krysta Johnson 1-2, Jossie Pekus 0-0, Maranda Lewis 10-1, Jennianne Olsen 0-1, Chantal Langlois 0-1, Cheryl Cattaneo 1-2.
2B - C. Irvine. 3B - Olsson, Drollman.
€ Frenchtown 11, Mission 0
At St. Ignatius, Frenchtown sophomore Brianne Tweedy made quite an impression in her first varsity start. Tweedy allowed just one hit and struck out 13 to help the Broncs to an 11-0 victory over Class B-C foe St. Ignatius.
Tweedy, who struck out eight in three innings of relief last week, took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Bobbi Finley singled to break up the no-hitter. The game was called after six innings because of the 10-run rule.
Jessie Williams went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Amanda Babon went 2-for-2 with two RBIs for the Broncs. Williams had a two-run single in the second and Babon had a two-run single in the sixth.
Brianne Tweedy and Kayla Brosious. Jaspen McDonald and Angie Hawkaluk. W - Tweedy (1-0). L - McDonald (2-1).
FRENCHTOWN - Christy Lefler 1-3, Erin O'Loughlin 0-2, Jeanne Bick 1-3, Jessie Williams 3-4, Kayla Brosious 1-2, Julie Savik 0-2, Leah Talalotu 0-1, Dulcie Gillette 0-3, Tweedy 0-3, Joy Gollofon 0-2, Amanda Babon 2-2, Anna Henderson 1-3.
ST. IGNAUIS - Jen Torosian 0-2, Katie Mitchell 0-2, April Matt 0-2, Bobbi Finley 1-2, McDonald 0-2, Meg Gallagher 0-2, Sierra Howlett 0-1, Angie Hawkaluk 0-2, Shannon Young 0-2.
RBIs - Frenchtown: Williams 2, Brosious, Tweedy, Babon 2.