Jessyka MacDonald fired a two-hitter and Keela Needens hit a solo home run to help Billings West to an Eastern AA softball split with the Great Falls schools on Thursday at Poly Vista.
MacDonald struck out 10 in a 4-0 win over Great Falls as the Golden Bears bounced back from a 5-1 loss to Great Falls CMR earlier in the day.
Katie Zink doubled and drove in a run, while Kim Adelblue drove in two more in the win over Great Falls.
In the earlier game, MacDonald struck out 15, but CMR touched her for three home runs. West had just five hits in the game, with Needens driving in the Bears' lone run.
In the last game of the day, West edged Great Falls 8-7 in a non-conference game behind a third-inning grand slam from Taylor Huebner. Mariah Garza, Adelblue, Kassidy Rauch and Catherine Lawler also drove in runs for the Bears.
Zink picked up the win as West finished the day 3-2 in the league and 7-2 overall.
"Barring a couple little things that happened in that first game we were right in it," West coach Ed Kriskovich said. "But you make your breaks and you take advantage of them. CMR got some hits when they needed them. We're plugging along and we're getting things done. We played great defense today."
CMR 5, West 1
Alissa Keeler and Caitlin Pattee; Jessyka MacDonald and Kim Adelblue.
Great Falls Russell — Jordan Otis 0-4, Alex Lowry 3-4, Alissa Keeler 2-4, Janelle Bates 1-4, Jade Dyson 0-3, Haley Rowe 1-3, Caitlin Pattee 0-3, Kizee Edwards 1-3, Jenni Peer 1-3. 2B: Lowry 3. HR: Keeler, Bates, Edwards. RBIs: Keeler 3, Bates, Edwards.
Billings West — Kassidy Rauch 0-4, Mariah Garza 0-3, Jessyka MacDonald 0-3, Kim Adelblue 1-3, Taylor Huebner 1-3, Devan Dennehy 2-3, Katie Zink 1-3, Keela Nedens 0-2, Amanda Dunlap 0-0, Caryn Perrigo 0-3. 2B: Dennehy. RBI: Nedens.
West 4, Great Falls 0
Lacy Bushong and Katie Schermele; Jessyka MacDonald and Kim Adelblue.
Great Falls — J. Keller 0-3, H. Gruntowicz 0-2, B. Wilson 0-0, K. Schermele 0-2, K. Devlin 0-3, L. Bushong 0-3, M. Bourgean 1-3, K. Odan 0-2, M. Sayre 1-1, D. Wassman 0-3, S. Kynett 0-2.
Billings West (6-2, 3-2) — Devan Dennehy 0-3, Kassidy Rauch 2-3, Jessyka MacDoanld 2-3, Kim Adelblue 2-3, Taylor Huebner 0-3, Katie Zink 1-3, Caryn Perrigo 0-3, Molly Porter 0-3, Keela Nedens 1-3. 2B: Zink. HR: Nedens. RBIs: Adelblue 2, Zink, Nedens.
West 8, Great Falls 7
Mercedes. Bourgeau and Katie Devlin; Katie Zink and Kim Adelblue.
Great Falls — J. Keller 0-4, L. Bushong 0-3, K. Schermele 1-4, K. Devlin 2-4, K. Gruntowicz 2-3, M. Bourgean 0-1, K. Dolan 0-2, S. Kynett 0-1, B. Wilson 1-4, D. Wassman 0-1, B. Gruntowicz 2-2, M. Sayre 1-4. 2B: H. Gruntowicz, B. Gruntowicz, Devlin. Hr: B. Gruntowicz. RBIs: B. Gruntowicz 2, Sayre 2.
Billings West (7-2, 3-2) — Mariah Garza 0-2, Taylor Huebner 1-1, Molly Porter 0-1, Devan Dennehy 2-3, Jessyka MacDonald 1-3, Kim Adelblue 0-3, Kassidy Rauch 2-4, Katie Zink 1-4, Amanda Dunlap 1-3, Caryn Perrigo 1-2, Catherine Lawler 1-1. 2B: Rauch. HR: Huebner. RBIs: Huebner 4, Garza, Adelblue, Rauch, Lawler.