A long list of western Montana teams competed in the annual Laverne Combo tournament in Butte Friday. The event will conclude on Saturday. Here are some of the highlights:
Corvallis tripped Laurel, 10-4, behind a big game by Ashlynn Nixon. She had a home run, single and five RBIs. Macee Greenwood picked up the pitching win, striking out four. The Blue Devils would follow that up with an 8-7 win over Glendive. Greenwood and Maria Hickey each drove in two runs while Gabby Krueger won on the mound.
Hamilton won a 5-4 thriller over Havre. The Broncs trailed 4-2 heading into the fifth and final inning before rallying with three runs. Maria Gutierrez was the hero at the plate, ripping a single in the fifth that scored the tying and eventual-game-winning runs. Jorden Taggart earned the pitching win, striking out eight. In the evening, Hamilton dumped Cut Bank, 9-4, in four innings. Maggie Ringer had a home run and three RBIs.
Florence steamrolled over Columbus, 13-1, in a game that lasted four innings. Kasidy Yeoman struck out four in earning the pitching win. She also collected two hits to share team-high honors with Natalie Dulac. Florence then went on to beat Glasgow 11-10 behind a four-RBI performance from Emily Kinnaman. Yeoman got the win again on the mound and drove in a pair of runs on three hits as well.
Stevensville scorched Anaconda for 12 hits in an 11-1 victory. Ashlin Hiller had a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Sarah Morrison picked up the pitching win. The Yellowjackets then topped Browning 14-0 later in the day. Joey Oyler won on the mound and allowed only four hits. Kaylee Berning added two hits and three RBIs for Stevensville.
Ahead of the Laverne Combo on Thursday, Florence rolled to a 15-2 win over Anaconda in five innings. Kasidy Yeoman and Emily Kinnaman combined to pitch a two-hitter. Rilee Mangun drove in four runs, Natalie Dulac had three RBIs and Dani Zahn added two RBIs. Yeoman scored four runs, and Kolbi Wood scored three times.
Corvallis rallied for 12 runs in the final two innings to escape with a 17-10 road win over Butte Central. Trailing 8-5 after five inning, the Blue Devils scored five runs in the sixth inning to take a 10-8 lead. After Butte Central tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, Corvallis answered with seven runs in the seventh inning. Cierra Jessop homered to lead off the seventh inning. Sami Knapp went 4 for 5 with four RBIs. Ashlynn Nixon had two solo home runs and three RBIs.
TRACK & FIELD
Both Seeley-Swan's boys and girls teams lead the 13C District track & field meets after day one which was held in Missoula. On the girls side, Seeley-Swan scored 125 points with Clark Fork coming up in second at 63 and Darby at third with 58. Lily Mercer won the 200 and 400 for the Blackhawks and also ran a leg of the winning 400-relay team. Sariah Maughan won the 800, Hannah Ayers won the 3,200 while Terra Bertsch added a win in the high jump and Autumn Morse claimed victory in the javelin for Seeley-Swan. Casey Ehmann won the 100 hurdles for Darby, Cassie Green won the shot put for Clark Fork and Maggie Jorgensen of Lincoln won the long jump.
On the boys side, the Blackhawks scored 109 points while Clark Fork had 51 and Darby had 49 to round out the top three. Logan Robinson won the 200 and Hunter Shelmerdine won the 400 and both ran a leg on the winning 400-relay team. Seeley-Swan also got victories from Lane Mackie-Wendel (110 hurdles) and Nate Samuli (javelin) as well. Other winners on the day included Clark Fork's Jesse Shaske (1,600) and Trey Green (shot put), Lincoln's Aziah Blotkamp (high jump), and Victor's Skyler Webberson (long jump).