Janie Purdy scored from third on a throwing error in the bottom of the fourth inning to lift Missoula Sentinel to a 2-0 win over Kalispell Tuesday at Sentinel Field. The win came in the opening game of a double header and clinched a second straight Western AA championship for the Spartans, who finished the conference schedule 9-2.
Pitcher Maren Buck threw a one-hitter and struck out five to earn the complete-game victory. The senior, hobbled by a sore knee, also had two singles from the plate.
Kalispell's Jordan Waverek allowed two hits and struck out six in the loss.
In the second game, Sentinel pitcher Stefani Hertz had two doubles from the plate and held Kalispell to three hits as the Spartans claimed a 3-1 non-conference win.
Rosie Fleck, Kristi Burton and Valissa Sneck had the hits for Kalispell.
Pitcher Chelsea Lorenz had 10 strikeouts in the loss for the Bravettes, who finished conference play at 8-4. They're 12-8 overall, while Sentinel moved to 14-7.
The Spartans close out the regular season Thursday at Missoula Big Sky. Kalispell travels to Great Falls Russell and Great Falls High on Friday.
Sentinel 2, Kalispell 0
Jordan Waverek and Sara Stanhope. Maren Buck and Nikki Pummill. W - Buck (9-3). L - Waverek (7-3).
KALISPELL - Stanhope 0-3, Valissa Sneck 0-3, Kristi Burton 1-3, Steph Lanfear 0-3, Shannon Berry 0-3, Rosie Fleck 0-2, Jen Shandorf 0-2, Jackie Burns 0-1, Natalie Lure 0-1.
SENTINEL - Buck 2-3, Leah Madden 0-2, Stefani Hertz 0-3, Allison Rasmussen 0-3, Pummill 0-3, Janie Purdy 0-2, Ashley Dugdale 0-2, Kalie Evans 0-1, Mandy Bighorn 0-2.
Sentinel 3, Kalispell 1
Chelsea Lorenz and Sara Stanhope. Stefanie Hertz and Nikki Pummill. W - Hertz (5-2). L - Lorenz.
KALISPELL - Stanhope 0-4, Valissa Sneck 1-3, Kristi Burton 1-3, Steph Lanfear 0-3, Shannon Berry 0-2, Rosie Fleck 1-3, Jen Shandorf 0-3, Jackie Burns 0-3, Lorenz 0-3.
SENTINEL - Ashley Dugdale 1-3, Leah Madden 0-3, Hertz 2-3, Allison Rasmussen 1-3, Janie Purdy 0-3, Pummell 0-3, Jessica Miles 0-3, Kalie Evans 0-2, Mandy Bighorn 0-2.
2B - Hertz 2. RBIs - Lorenz, Hertz, Rasmussen, Purdy.
Whitefish sweeps Bigfork
At Bigfork, Whitefish jumped on Western A foe Bigfork for nine runs in the top of the first inning en route to a double-header sweep, 18-0 and 14-8. The first game ended after five innings, as the Bulldogs' Laura Harthan banged out three hits and three RBIs, and Mae Clark and Emily Robison added two singles apiece. Trina Olson blanked the Vals. In Game 2, Robison had two more hits as the Bulldogs jumped to a 10-2 lead in the first three innings. Bigfork matched Whitefish hit for hit, led by Jessi Farris' two hits and a triple by Nikki Zaragoza.
Whitefish 18, Bigfork 0
Trina Olson and Amber Webster. Megan Atkinson, Shianna Gunderson (2) and Jessi Farris. W - Olson. L - Atkinson.
WHITEFISH - Chelsi Howe 1-3, Melody Cerra 0-2, Alyssum Ahler 0-1, Laura Harthan 3-4, Mae Clark 2-3, Sarah Cummins 0-2, Amber Webster 0-3, Emily Robison 2-4, Michelle Sheldon 1-2, Whitney Baldwin 1-3, Heather McEvoy 0-1, Aylee McFadden 1-1
BIGFORK - Kim Ostrowski 1-3, Nikki Zaragoza 1-3, Tabatha Rice 0-2, Kristen Gaynor 1-3, Farris 0-3, Megan Atkinson 0-2, Cheryl Catteneo 1-2, Kirsten Catteneo 1-2, Gunderson 0-1.
RBI - Harthan 3, Clark 2, Robison 1, Sheldon 1, McEvoy 1, McFadden 1
Whitefish 14, Bigfork 8
Cristy Blankenship (1-1) and Emily Robison; Gunderson and Farris. W - Blankenship. L - Gunderson.
WHITEFISH - Cerra 1-3, Robison 2-4, Harthan 1-3, Carrie Biolo 1-4, Webster 0-3, Ahler 1-3, Jennelle Connors 0-3, McFadden 0-4, Cummins 1-4.
BIGFORK - Ostrowski 1-5, Zaragoza 1-4, Rice 1-4, Gaynor 0-3, Farris 2-3, Atkinson 1-4, Smith 0-2, K. Cattenoeo 0-4, Harrell 1-4.
3B - Zargoza. RBI - Robison 2, Cerra 1, Biolo 2, Farris 1, Zaragoza 1
Missoula Loyola 7, St. Ignatius 6
At St. Ignatius, Loyola avenged its worst loss of the year, a 15-2 defeat to St. Ignatius in Missoula in April, in a Class B-C contest. Joscelyn Weber had a pair of hits and Chelsea Gilfillan drove in two runs as the Breakers (8-5, 11-9) won their fourth straight. The homestanding Bulldogs outhit Loyola 14-8, as Cassidy Johnson, Shaylena Piedalue and Shelby Printz collected three hits each, and pitcher Jaspen McDonald added two more. Lynsey Evans struck out four and walked just one for Loyola.
Lynsey Evans and Joscelyn Weber. Jaspen McDonald and Angela Hawkaluk. W - Evans (10-7) L - McDonald.
LOYOLA - Weber 2-5, Denise Hainline 1-3, Kailey Cooley 0-3, Chelsea Gilfillan 1-4, Megan Price 1-4, Jenna Bond 0-2, Rachel Gilfillan 1-3, Evans 1-4, Kim Hayes 1-3.
ST, IGNATIUS - Cassidy Johnson 3-4, Hawkaluk 1-3, Shaylena Piedalue 3-4, McDonald 2-4, Amanda Hoback 1-4, Jacie Stewart 0-3, Shannon Young 0-1, Sierra Howlett 1-4, Shelby Printz 3-4, Audrey Blood 0-4.
2B - Weber, Hawkaluk. RBIs - Loyola: C. Gilfillan 2, Price, Hayes. St. Ignatius - Piedualue 2, McDonald, Hoback.
Polson JV beats Stevi
At Stevensville, the Polson JV softball team handed Central A Stevensville a 15-5 loss at home on Tuesday. The Yellowjackets fell to 1-18 on the season after the non-conference loss. No other details were reported.