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.
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.
Billings West scored four runs, including three on a Rachael Dillon double, in the sixth inning to rally to beat Billings Skyview, 6-3.
Billings West’s see-the-ball, hit-the-ball philosophy paid off again Tuesday, and Rachael Dillon made no bones about the nexus of her bases-clearing double that gave the Bears the winning runs.
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.
Billings West swept Bozeman in an Eastern AA playoff series. The Bears won the two games 9-4 and 17-5 to clinch the conference's No. 2 seed in next week's state tournament.
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.
BOZEMAN -- The Billings West softball team closed out the regular season with 12-0 and 15-0, five-inning wins over Bozeman on Saturday.
GREAT FALLS – Billings West hit six doubles and got home runs from Makenzie Shellnutt and Rachael Dillon as the Golden Bears defeated Great Falls 11-6 for their only win in three Eastern AA softball games against the Electric City schools on Saturday.
BUTTE -- Katie Zink and Jalen Creech earned pitching wins while Ashley MacDonald and Rachael Dillon homered in an Eastern AA softball doubleheader sweep of Butte on Friday.
As several teams have found out this season, Billings West can swing the bats with the best of them. But if you add dominant pitching on top of it? It makes for a lethal combination.
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.
Jalen Creech helped set the tone, Katie Zink followed her lead, and McKenzie Shellnut provided an emphatic ending.
Freshman pitcher Meghan Dahlquist had just beaten one of the top softball teams in the state. So naturally, right after the final out Saturday, Dahlquist left the varsity circle and took the same place in the junior varsity game, which was ongoing on the next field.
Billings Senior never trailed, but the Lady Broncs' Eastern AA softball victory Thursday over Billings West sure had a comeback feel to it.
After getting swept by Butte last weekend, the Billings West softball team needed a pick-me-up.
Ed Kriskovich has been coaching high school softball for 27 seasons, so when he claims he's seen a first, it's to be noted.
Rachael Dillon and Kim Adelblue each homered in a six-run fifth inning to help the Billings West Golden Bears to a softball split with Missoula Hellgate on Wednesday at Poly Vista.