BUTTE -- Billings Skyview advanced to the State AA softball tournament with a two-game road sweep of Butte High on Thursday.
The Falcons won the first game of the best-of-three series 6-3. Bekah Ellis homered, doubled and drove in four runs, while starting pitcher Alyssa Baxter earned the victory.
Skyview benefitted from four Butte errors. Ashten McCloskey hit a home run and had two RBIs for the Bulldogs.
Skyview ran away with Game 2, 18-8. Baxter and Kris Rickhoff each hit homers for the Falcons, and Baxter finished with seven RBIs. Ellis, Rickhoff and Alicia Stoner drove in two runs each. The game ended when Skyview scored 11 runs in the fifth. Butte made seven errors in the second game.
"Butte is a tough team and having to come in on the road and beat them on their field is tough and I couldn't be happier of this team," said Skyview coach Sarah DeVore. "For now we will rest up and prepare for state next week."
The AA softball tournament begins next Thursday in Great Falls.
Skyview 6, Butte 3
Alyssa Baxter and Kodi Bell. Jessica Robertson and Maria Michelotti. WP: Baxter. LP: Robertson.
Billings Skyview (13-9) — Tyler Fleury 1-4, Erika Hall 1-4, Alyssa Baxter 2-3, Morgan Webster 2-4, Bekah Ellis 2-4, Alicia Stoner 1-2, Kris Rickhoff 1-3, Morgan McGraw 1-4, Kodi Bell 0-4. 2B: Ellis. HR: Ellis. RBIs: Ellis 4, Webster.
Butte (10-11) — Ashten McCloskey 1-4, Amanda Spear 1-3, Maria Michelotti 2-4, Bobbie Osterman 1-4, Baylee Thatcher 1-4, Morgan Bagley 0-4, Bethany McLean 3-3, Justyce Connole 0-1, Ashton LaFond0-1, Kendall Alley 1-2, Ellie Hoffenbacker 0-1. 2B: Spear. HR: McCloskey. RBIs: McCloskey 2, Thatcher.
Skyview 18, Butte 8
Alyssa Baxter, Kassi Soelter (4) and Kodi Bell. Jessica Robertson and Maria Michelotti. WP: Soelter. LP: Robertson.
Butte (10-12) — Ashten McCloskey 2-4, Amanda Spear 1-2, Maria Michelotti 0-2, Bobbie Osterman 1-3, Baylee Thatcher 2-3, Bethany McLean 2-3, Ashton LaFond 0-3, Justyce Connole 1-2, Kendall Alley 0-3. HR: Thatcher. RBI: Thatcher 4, McLean 2.
Billings Skyview (14-9) — Tyler Fleury 1-5, Erika Hall 3-4, Alyssa Baxter 3-4, Morgan Webster 1-2, Bekah Ellis 2-4, Alicia Stoner 2-4, Kris Rickhoff 3-4, Morgan McGraw 1-1, Kassi Soelter 1-1, Shaelyn Bachini 0-3. 2B: Baxter, Ellis. HR: Baxter, Rickhoff. RBIs: Baxter 7, Ellis 2, Stoner 2, Rickhoff 2, Hall.