BILLINGS - Missoula Hellgate swept its first two games of a four-game road trip to Billings Friday, beating Billings Skyview 4-3 and Billings West 2-0.
Molly Hays improved her record to 5-5 by going the distance to pick up the wins in both games. Hays limited Skyview to just one hit and West to a pair. She struck out seven and didn't walk a batter against West.
Freshman Maria McNeil had a double among her two hits against Skyview and drove in a run. Ellen Buchman also had a pair of safeties against the Falcons.
The Knights scored two first-inning runs against the Bears and made them stand up. Kari Harding had a double for Hellgate.
The Knights (3-5, 5-5) will face Billings Senior Saturday at 10 a.m. and then face West in a rematch.
Missoula Hellgate 4, Billings Skyview 3
Molly Hays and Ellen Buchman. Kelcey Cavan and Michelle St. John. W - Hays (4-5). L - Cavan.
HELLGATE - Kari Harding 1-3, Mandy Hays 1-2, Shanna Henderson 0-0, Buchman 2-4, Krysta Campbell 0-0, Rainelle Dayton 0-4, Alana Bahe 0-4, Maria McNeil 2-2, Megan Spurlock 0-1, Cristin Duncan 1-3.
SKYVIEW - Sarah Copeland 0-1, Melissa St. John 0-2, Kin Getman 0-0, Lonnie Polkow 1-4, Amy Rumph 0-2, Jen Neill 0-4, Kelcey Cavan 0-2, Danielle Rumph 0-2, Jolynn Litton 0-1, Michelle St. John 0-3.
2B - McNeil. RBI - McNeil.
Missoula Hellgate 2, Billings West 0
Molly Hays and Buchman. Melissa Marshall and Shannon Raidiger. W - Hays (5-5). L - Marshall.
HELLGATE - Mandy Hays 0-3, Harding 1-2, Molly Hays 1-3, Buchman 0-3, Dayton 1-3, Bahe 0-3, Shana Henderson 0-2, Spurlock 0-1, Molly Westenberg 0-2, McNeil 0-1, Duncan 0-2.
WEST - Shelli Vicars 0-3, Melissa Mehling 0-3, Faith Johnson 0-3, Dana Conway 0-2, Amy Kuka 0-3, Shannon Raidiger 2-3, Kelly Jackson 0-3, Bree Summers 0-3, Megan Reitz 0-3.
2B - Harding.
At Billings, catcher Janie Purdy went 4-for-8 to help Missoula Sentinel to a split against Eastern AA teams Billings Skyview and Billings Senior.
Purdy went 2-for-4 to help the Spartans to a 6-4 win over winless Billings Skyview. The Spartans scored five runs in the second and took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Stefani Hertz picked up the win. Allison Rasmussen, and Christina Jemison also had two hits in the win.
Billings Senior, which entered the weekend 6-1, pulled out a 1-0 win over the Spartans behind a solid effort from Rachel Quarnburg, who had three strikeouts.
Natalie Solomon drove in Jen Buening in the bottom of the sixth with the winning run.
The Spartans got five hits off Quarnburg, including two by Purdy, but failed to score a run. Hertz was outstanding for Sentinel, allowing just three hits and struck out three.
Sentinel will play Billings West Saturday at 10 a.m.
Missoula Sentinel 6, Billings Skyview 4
Stefani Hertz and Janie Purdy. Marcy Hamilton and Hannah Niles. W- Hertz (6-2). L - Niles.
SENTINEL - Janie Purdy 2-4, Whitney Bowser 1-4, Leah Madden 1-4, Stefani Hertz 1-4, Allison Rasmussen 2-3, Christina Jemison 2-3, Jessica Miles 1-3, Erica DeMers 0-3, Jenn Foley 1-3.
SKYVIEW - Sarah Copeland 0-3, Melissa St. John 1-4, Lonnie Polkow 0-3, Amy Rumph 1-3, Hanna Niles 0-3, Marcy Hamilton 1-2, Jolynn Litton 0-0, Jen Neill 1-3, Danielle Rumph 2-3, Kim Getman 0-2.
2B - Purdy, Miles, D. Rumph 2. RBI - D. Rumph 3.
Billings Senior 1, Missoula Sentinel 0
Stefani Hertz and Janie Purdy; Rachel Quarnburg and Andrea Thorson. W - Quarnburg. L - Hertz (6-3).
SENTINEL - Janie Purdy 2-4, Whitney Bowser 0-3, Leah Madden 0-3, Stefani Hertz 0-3, Allison Rasmussen 0-3, Christina Jemison 2-3, Jessica Miles 1-2, Erica DeMers 0-3, Jenn Foley 0-3.
SENIOR - Sara Tuomi 0-3, Jen Buening 1-3, Rachel Quarnburg 0-0, Andrea Thorson 0-2, Natalie Solomon 1-3, Jenna Haacke 0-3, Melissa Dillon 0-2, Ann Thompson 1-2, Sarah Buening 0-0.
Big Sky drops two
At Billings, Missoula Big Sky dropped two games to Billings schools, falling 1-0 to West and 7-4 to Senior.
Billings West scored a run in the third and pitcher Tara Petersen made it stand up by limiting the Eagles to just two hits. Stevi Coulter and Angie Pickins had Big Sky's only hits.
Senior and Big Sky (3-4, 4-8) combined for all 11 of their runs in the first three innings before the bats went silent.
Amber Macki, Lynnae Foshag and Stephanie Phillips all had two hits for the Eagles.
Jen Buening had a pair of singles for the Broncs while Sara Tuomi and Rachel Quarnburg pounded doubles.
Big Sky will take on winless Billings Skyview Saturday at 11 a.m.
Billings West 1, Missoula Big Sky 0
Jessica Balsam and Stephanie Phillips. Tara Petersen and Shannon Raidiger. W - Petersen. L - Balsam (1-2).
BIG SKY - Amanda Armstrong 0-2, Amber Macki 0-3, Lynnae Foshag 0-3, Phillips 0-3, JoDee Krause 0-3, Shelley Boyd 0-2, Stevi Coulter 1-2, Keri Murphy 0-1, Angie Pickins 1-1.
WEST - Shelli Vicars 0-3, Melissa Mehling 1-3, Faith Johnson 0-2, Dana Conway 0-3, Amy Kuka 0-2, Shannon Raidiger 0-2, Kelly Jackson 1-2, Bree Summers 1-2, Megan Reitz 1-2.
Billings Senior 7, Missoula Big Sky 4
Balsam, Sarah Fred (6) and Stephanie Phillips. Kristi Marquardt and Andrea Thorson. W - Marquardt. L - Balsam (1-3).
BIG SKY -Armstrong 0-3, Macki 2-3, Foshag 2-4, Phillips 2-4, Krause 1-4, Boyd 1-3, Coulter 0-3, Murphy 0-3, Pickins 0-0, Balsam 0-3.
SENIOR - Sara Tuomi 1-3, Jen Buening 2-4, Rachel Quarnburg 1-3, Andrea Thorson 0-1, Natalie Solomon 0-1, Jenna Haacke 0-3, Shannon Harvey 1-4, Kristi Marquardt 1-2, Sarah Buening 0-2.
2B - Tuomi, Quarnburg.
Hamilton wins two
At Belgrade, the Hamilton softball team received a pair of two-hit shutout performances at the Belgrade Invitational Tournament en route to a pair of wins.
The Broncs beat Class B-C Shepherd 3-0 and Eastern A Glendive 7-0 to move to 9-0.
Melodee Mildenberger (3-0) went 3-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI in two games and struck out 10, while walking three, to beat Shepherd.
Melissa Weston (5-0) had 11 strikeouts, allowing only one walk, and hit a double against Glendive.
"It's nice having two pitchers that can really hurl the ball," said Hamilton assistant coach Marty Krueger.
Along with Mildenberger, Jenna McCartney had two hits against Shepherd. Catcher Vanessa Wood and Sarah Stamper had two hits apiece against Glendive.
Hamilton will play Sidney and Huntley Project on Saturday.
Hamilton 3, Shepherd 0
J. Michael and R. Riley. Melodee Mildenberger and Venassa Wood. W - Mildenberger (3-0) L - Michael.
SHEPHERD - Michael 0-3, N. Riley 0-1, T. Rietz 0-3, G. Stahl 0-1, S Haamond 1-2, K. Mosher 0-2, C. Foggin 0-3, M. Rietz 1-2, N. Gilfeather 0-3, R. Riley 0-2.
HAMILTON - Jenna McCartney 2-3, Melissa Weston 0-3, Wood 0-3, Mildenberger 2-3, Kristin Hanson 1-2, Ashley Eckhart 0-2, Sarah Fraser 0-1, Katie Boucher 1-2, Sarah Stamper 0-1.
2B - Mildenberger 2. RBIs - McCartney, Eckhart, Fraser.
Hamilton 7, Glendive 0
Sackman and Milne. Weston and Wood. W - Weston (5-0) L - Sackman.
GLENDIVE - Sackman 0-3, Atwell 0-3, Wold 1-3, Unrein 0-3, Milne 1-3, Reynolds 0-3, Utgard 0-2, Freas 0-1, Fohl 0-2.
HAMILTON - McCartney 0-4, Weston 1-4, Wood 2-4, Mildenberger 1-2, Hanson 1-4, Eckhart 1-3, Fraser 0-1, Boucher 2-3, Stamper 0-2.
2B - Weston, Wood. 3B - Boucher. RBIs - McCartney, Mildenberger.
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