Butte 4, Billings West 1
Butte scored four runs in the top of the eighth for a 4-1 win over Billings West to earn a conference sweep. Kadie McClafferty threw her second complete game of the day, allowing three hits. She struck out 10 and walked none. Four Butte players drove in runs. Deven Creech hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score for West.
Great Falls CMR 16-12, Bozeman 7-2
Madi Moore was 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs in the opener, and then was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the second game as Great Falls CMR pounded Bozeman twice in Class AA action. Madi Payne was 4-for-5 with two RBIs in the first game and was 2-for-3 in the nightcap for the Rustlers. Peyton Peterson homered and drove in four runs in the first game for CMR, which hit five homers and had 32 hits on the day.
Helena Capital 7, Kalispell Glacier 0
Shelby Martin tossed an eight-hit shutout and went 3-for-4 with two RBIs at the plate as the Bruins cruised to a Class AA win over the Wolfpack. April Davis was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for Capital as well.
Helena 9, Kalispell Flathead 1
Mariah English pitched a four-hitter and was 2-for-3 at the plate with a homer, double and an RBI as the Bengals trounced the Bravettes in Class AA play. Jamie Pickens had three hits for Helena, which had 14 on the day, including six extra-base hits.
Helena 7, Kalispell Glacier 3
McKenna Schmolke homered and drove in two runs, Jamie Pickens was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, and Mariah English picked up another win on the mound as Helena topped Glacier. Kali Anderson led the Bengals with three hits in four plate appearances.
Helena Capital 17, Kalispell Flathead 2
Nicole Ames pitched a four-hitter and went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and teammate Shelby Martin was 3-for-4 with a RBI as Capital overwhelmed Flathead. Kacie Gross was 3-for-5 for the Bruins. Kaileigh Denna was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer for the Bravettes' only runs.
Butte 12, Billings West 0
Butte's Kaidy McClafferty again showed why she'll be playing college softball this fall, throwing a complete game and allowing only three hits to help the Bulldogs shutout the Golden Bears. Butte (6-2) secured the victory thanks to an eight-run fourth inning, powered by a home run from Brittney Tierney. Taylor Huff started things off with a two-run homer in the first inning.
Great Falls 6, Billings Senior 0
Erin Hocker shut out Billings Senior on four hits, helping Great Falls to a win in the first game of an Eastern AA doubleheader. Hocker struck out 12 and walked none. Senior’s Erin Ostermiller allowed only three hits, but one was a grand slam to Molly Schmitz.
Great Falls 7, Billings Senior 2
Annie Toon limited Senior to five hits, leading the Bison to a win in the second game and a sweep. Molly Schmitz homered for the second time on the day and drove in two runs. Toon struck out 11 and walked two.
Frenchtown 6, Florence 3
In a battle of western Montana powers at Grizzly Softball Field, Class A Frenchtown took advantage of six errors by Class B-C Florence. Key to the outcome was a four-run fifth by the Broncs that was made possible by four errors. Pitcher Brianna Hoffman was the loser for the Falcons despite striking out 13. Brynn Leishman fanned seven in earning the win. Kylie Habek had two singles and an RBI for Frenchtown. Shannon Byrne had three hits, including a double, for Florence.
Eureka 13-12, Thompson Falls 3-2
Eureka twice won by the 10-run rule in games that went five innings at Thompson Falls. Lions pitcher Avory Escobar earned both pitching wins and tossed a no-hitter in the second game. Haley Morgan had a double for the Bluehawks in the opener.
Belgrade 16, Dillon 1
Kenna Thomas was 2-for-2 with a home run and defending Class A champion Belgrade scored 10 runs in the third game to put away Dillon. Haylee Curry added a double for Belgrade.
Belgrade 15, Butte Central 2
Katie Hoppe had a home run and a double, and Haylee Curry also homered as Belgrade continued to roll by pounding Butte Central. Kloie Thatcher was 2-for-3 with a homer and a double for Butte Central, but the Maroons could muster only one other hit.
Lewistown 17, Laurel 7
Val Kolstad had four hits and drove in six runs to help Lewistown to the win over Laurel. Kinsey Irvin added three hits, and also struck out nine batters in a game that was shortened to six innings. Lewistown finished with 22 hits, with Gracia Butcher and Macy Mangold joining Kolstad with four each.
Stevensville 20, Whitefish 10
Stevensville 10, Columbia Falls 8
Haley Kampka drove in 10 runs in two games as Stevensville swept high-scoring games, beating Whitefish and Columbia Falls. Kampka, who finished the day with six hits, including two doubles and a home run, had six RBIs in the nightcap against Columbia Falls. Other standouts for the Yellowjackets included Tara Melassi, who had three hits, three RBIs and got the pitching win in the first game, and Syd Paul, who finished with five hits.
Butte Central 19, Browning 0
The Maroons stormed to an 8-0 first inning lead en route to a blowout win. Central tacked on nine more runs in the second inning. Kassidy Criscuolo and Cassidy Strizic each bagged two doubles for the Maroons.
Lewistown 9, Glendive 0
Pitcher Kinsey Irvin tossed a one-hitter and struck out 12 in a win over visiting Glendive. The winning Golden Eagles pounded out 13 hits, including three by Gracia Butcher. Teammates Hanna Hayes, Val Kolstad, Bailley Castillo and Kacee Gordon added two hits apiece. Meadow Torres had the lone Red Devil hit.
Missoula Loyola 12, Mission-Arlee-Charlo 2
Kayla Hickethier was dominant at the plate and in the circle, as the Loyola ace hit two homers, drove in seven and threw a one-hitter. The Breakers left it late, scoring all of their runs in the last three innings. Hickethier mashed a three-run homer in the fifth, an RBI double in the sixth, and another three-run blast in the seventh. She also struck out 14 and walked just three.
Billings Senior 6, Butte 3
In an Eastern AA outing, Senior's Ellie Ostermiller pitched a five-hitter and stuck out 12. Cassidy Venner homered for the Broncs. Brittney Tierney and Kaidy McKlafferty hit home runs for the Bulldogs.
Butte 13, Billings Senior 11 (8)
Laurel Kilgore and Cassidy Venner had three hits apiece for Senior. The Broncs and Bulldogs combined for 26 hits. Jenna Maroney, Taylor Huff and MacKenzie Tutty hit home runs for Butte.
Plains-Hot Springs 16-24, Drummond 4-3
The Plains-Hot Springs offense unloaded on visiting Drummond, sweeping a doubleheader. Kassidy Kinzie picked up both wins in the circle, and seven Trotters picked up at least one hit in both games. Dakota Butcher led the way with five hits and six RBIs over the two games. Sage Jackson was 4-for-4 with four RBIs in the nightcap.
Mission-Arlee-Charlo 9-16, Eureka 5-6
Tomi Brazill picked up two wins as Mission-Arlee-Charlo swept Eureka. The visitors were helped by some defensive miscues by Eureka, which committed 13 errors over the two games.
Sidney 13, Glendive 9
Emily Skogan had three hits and three RBIs as the Eagles earned the Eastern A win in Glendive. Shelby Wetz and Tyra Rowsey had three hits each for the Red Devils, who matched Sidney's 12 hits. Sidney scored four times in the first inning with RBIs from Kiana Uran, Katie Stoddard and Maddie Peters.
Great Falls 11, Helena 0
Cayley Bushong was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Erin Hocker pitched a two-hitter from the circle as Great Falls romped past Helena in five innings. Madylynn Ray had a two-run double for the Bison. Kali Anderson had both of Helena's hits.
Helena 10, Great Falls CMR 6
Helena mustered only four hits but benefited from 14 walks and four errors in downing the Rustlers, who had 11 hits. Mariah English was 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBIs, and she also picked up the win from the circle for the Bengals. Madi Payne was 3-for-4 with an RBI for CMR, and Kylie Allen had a three-run homer for the Rustlers.
Butte 3, Belgrade 0
Kaidy McClafferty pitched a five-hitter, striking out 12 and walking none, as Class AA Butte topped defending Class A champion Belgrade. Brianna Ossello and Taylor Huff each had two hits for the Bulldogs. Katie Hoppe was 2-for-3 with a double for Belgrade.
Billings West 11, Billings Skyview 5
Shea Dolan and McKinsey Matthews hit two-run homers, and Taylen Braunbeck drove in four runs to help the Golden Bears beat the Falcons in the season-opener for both teams. Kinzee Koch earned the win, throwing four scoreless innings after giving up three runs in the first two innings. Skyview tacked on two more runs in the seventh. West broke open the game with a seven-run fifth inning. Skyler Chartier had three RBIs for Skyview.
Missoula Big Sky 13, Kalispell Flathead 2
Big Sky scored nine runs over the first three innings as it beat Flathead in five innings. Emily Hermes led Big Sky with five RBIs, including a three-run home run in the first inning and a two-run single in the fifth inning. McKenna Bessette earned the win in the circle, holding Flathead to two runs on two hits and four walks while striking out 10 batters.
Missoula Big Sky 7, Kalispell Glacier 5
In the Eagles' second game, they scored three in the fifth to break a 4-4 tie. After McKenna Bessette was touched up for four runs in three innings, Payton Hudson allowed one run in four innings of relief. Hudson also had two hits, along with Brylee Meisinger and Makenna Liechty. That helped Big Sky overcome Glacier pitcher Sage Vanterpool, who threw a complete game, hit a homer and drove in four runs.
Helena 18-20, Missoula Hellgate 1-3
Mariah English drove in a combined nine runs for Helena High as the Bengals swept Hellgate. English threw a five-inning complete game in the opener, giving up just a single hit to her opposite number, Haleigh Irwin, and then drove in seven in the nightcap. Kali Anderson drove in six in that game for Helena. Kathryn Shipley hit two doubles and drove in a run for Hellgate in the second game.
Miles City 11, Billings Central 1 (5)
Amber Taylor drove in two runs and Raqi McAuliffe had three hits to help the Cowgirls beat the Rams in an Eastern A game. Alexa Kappel earned the win, allowing one hit in four innings while striking out six. McAuliffe, McKaylla Hudson, Autumn Porter, Arena Porter and McKenzie Taylor also drove in runs for Miles City.
Lewistown 14, Havre 5
Macy Mangold homered twice and had five RBIs in Lewistown's win over Havre. the Eagles finished with 17 hits and scored at least two runs in all five innings. Kacee Gordon added two hits and two RBIs for Lewistown. She also scored three runs. Sam Oliver had a double and three RBIs for the Blue Ponies.
Hamilton 20, Polson 1
Kelsie Meis drove in eight runs to help lead Hamilton to a win over Polson. She went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run, a two-run home run and a three-run double. Caitlin Dillon added three RBIs, and Mallory McGill added three hits, including two doubles, and an RBI. Jorden Taggart got the win in the circle, limiting Polson to two hits in five innings.
Stevensville 13, Dillon 3
Mikayla Newman and Tara Melassi each hit home runs as visiting Stevensville routed Dillon. Newman and Melassi each had three hits, and were backed up by Haley Kampka and Kaylee Berning, who had two apiece. Sarah Morrison got the win for the Yellowjackets.
Ronan 13, Corvallis 3
Marissa Mock recorded three hits, including a double, and drove in four runs as hosts Ronan beat Corvallis in five innings. Gabby Wirz got the win, striking out three over five innings. Wirz and Jaylyn Hakes each had two hits, including a double, for Ronan, and Hakes and Shailee Courville drove in two runs apiece. Kimmera Wright and Cerria Jessop drove in runs for Corvallis.
Florence 6-11, Deer Lodge 3-0
Florence won both its doubleheader games against Deer Lodge. Shannon Byrne was the winning pitcher for the Falcons in he first game and recorded five hits over the two games. Florence's Brianna Hoffman was the winning pitcher in the second game and had three hits over the two games. Eight Florence batters recorded hits in the first game and nine had hits in the second.
Anaconda 8, Missoula Loyola 7
Ashley Gates threw a complete game, striking out seven, and scored on an error in the bottom of the seventh to give host Anaconda the win. The Breakers had scored three in the top of the inning to tie it, and were led by pitcher Kayla Hickethier, who struck out seven and added three hits. Erin Chapman and Johannah Forsberg had two hits each to lead Anaconda, with Forsberg scoring three times.
Missoula Loyola 4, Anaconda 1
In the nightcap, Loyola scored three in the second and held on in a game that was called after five innings. Natalie Goodman drove in two runs without a hit on a sac fly and a groundout for the Breakers, and Kayla Hickethier scattered three hits over five innings for the complete-game win. Anaconda scored its only run on a Johannah Forsberg RBI single in the third.
Plains-Hot Springs 11, Thompson Falls 0
Jess Thompson threw a one-hit shutout as Plains easily handled Thompson Falls at home in six innings. Thompson struck out eight and allowed just a fourth-inning single to Belle Cooper. She added two hits of her own, joining Stacy Gray and Sage Jackson, who also had two hits apiece for the Trotters.
Butte 6-2, Missoula Sentinel 5-18
Sentinel and Butte split in Missoula. Taylor Brinkman got the win in the circle and drove in a game-high six runs for Sentinel in the nightcap. Amber Hickethier added four RBIs.
Helena Capital 10, Belgrade 5
Shelby Martin was 2-for-5 with a double and Taylor Mathews also was 2-for-5 as Class AA Helena Capital topped Class A Belgrade. Capital took a 10-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Ty Atwood was 2-for-3 with a homer for Belgrade.
Frenchtown 14, Ronan 4
Frenchtown senior Brynn Leishman threw eight strikeouts, had two hits, including a double, and racked up five RBIs in the Broncs' win. Fellow Frenchtown senior Morgan Snow also had two hits — a home run and a double — and recorded four RBIs. Ronan senior Marissa Mock paced the Maidens with two hits and freshman Macao Jackson recorded two RBIs in the loss.