Kendyl Boltz obeyed the credo of the West High softball team: Keep going. And it produced an improbable Class AA state title for the Bears on a wild Friday in May.
The way Billings West won the State AA softball championship -- the sheer improbability of it -- caught the eye of several national media outlets on Monday and Tuesday.
GREAT FALLS — What seemed impossible when the sun rose Friday morning turned probable as the day dwindled and the innings drug on. And then, roughly 12 hours later, the inconceivable happened.
GREAT FALLS — Macey Newbary transferred away from Frenchtown at the beginning of this school year to get out from the long shadow cast by Morgan Ray and chart a new course at Missoula Big Sky.
Maranda Ratcliff considers herself the adventurous sort.
Billings West racked up 13 hits and tallied 10 runs to beat Billings Skyview, 10-3, in the final Eastern AA game for both teams. The Bears will host Bozeman in a playoff series, while Skyview will travel to Butte.
BOZEMAN -- Freshman Mackenzie Mayhood went 5 for 6 from the plate and drove in three runs and Billings West's offense erupted for 18 hits in a 16-6 victory over Bozeman on Thursday in Eastern AA girls softball.
The power’s out at Billings West.
GREAT FALLS -- Billings West dropped two softball games Friday against the Great Falls schools, a 1-0 decision in nine innings against CMR and a 5-2 loss in a rain-shortened game against Great Falls High.
Lexi Mayhood blasted a solo homer in the top of the eighth inning to lead Billings West over Butte 3-2 in Eastern AA girls softball Saturday at Poly Vista.
Offense wins over fans, but pitching and defense ultimately win games. And Jalen Creech has proven she gives Billings West a chance to win every time she steps in the circle.
Billings West split a pair of conference games and won two of three overall against CMR and Great Falls High on Saturday at Poly Vista.
It takes a lot to silence the big bats of Billings West. That’s why last weekend’s loss to Missoula Big Sky in which the Bears struck out a staggering 15 times wasn't taken lightly.
Billings West belted five home runs and scored 31 total runs in a doubleheader sweep of Missoula Sentinel on Friday at Poly Vista Park.
Billings West seniors Jalen Creech and Makenzie Shellnutt preview the Bears' 2014 softball season.
Billings West’s offensive numbers last softball season were borderline staggering: In 28 games, the Golden Bears batted .375, hit 56 doubles and swatted 47 home runs.
Great Falls scored six unanswered runs – all in the final three innings – to beat Billings West 6-4 and win the State AA softball championship Saturday afternoon at the Multi-Sports Complex in Great Falls.
GREAT FALLS – Billings West will return home with another State AA softball tournament trophy in hand.
GREAT FALLS – Jalen Creech fired a four-hitter and was back by three home runs as Billings West opened its State AA softball tournament with a 10-2 win over Helena Capital on Thursday at the Great Falls Multi-Sports Complex.
The biggest concern for Billings West heading into Friday’s Eastern AA softball best-of-three playoff series with Bozeman was to guard against overconfidence.