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 — 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.
Billings West catcher Maranda Ratcliff has a team-high 20 RBIs and is the co-leader in home runs with five as the Golden Bears head into the State AA softball tournament.
Maranda Ratcliff considers herself the adventurous sort.
Nearly 1,300 high school graduates will claim their diplomas today or next Sunday.
Three games in three nights. And Jalen Creech isn’t done yet.
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.
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 split a pair of softball games Saturday afternoon, beating Missoula Hellgate 9-0 and losing to Missoula Big Sky 7-5 at Poly Vista Park.
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 – 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.
A look at this weekend's state softball tournaments, which begin Thursday. Both State AA and B-C will be played in Great Falls. State A is in Belgrade.
Thirteen hits in a doubleheader don’t sound like much. Two wins, though, sound a lot better.
Even in this era of high school softball — where the home run continues to be more prevalent than ever — it still pays to know how to play small ball.
MISSOULA -- Lexi Mayhood threw a shutout for one victory, and Maranda Ratcliff homered for another as the Billings West softball team earned two victories in Missoula on Saturday.
MISSOULA -- Maranda Ratcliff knocked in three runs and Billings West defeated Missoula Big Sky 11-3 in the second game of a girls softball doubleheader on Friday.
UPDATE: CMR defeated Billings West 6-3 on Saturday morning, leaving the sixth-seeded Golden Bears in third place.