Lauren Archie

Capital players greet Lauren Archie (23) at home plate after she hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning against Belgrade at Northwest Park on Monday.

HELENA — The Helena Capital softball team fell to the Belgrade Panthers 8-3 Monday at Northwest Park in Helena.

The Bruins' runs all came off the bat of Lauren Archie, as she blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to get Capital on the board and cut the deficit at the time to 5-3. However, the Panthers would then add three runs in the top of the seventh to restore their cushion.  

Both starting pitchers went seven innings, with Belgrade's Erin Elgas allowing three htis and three earned runs while striking out 11 batters en route to picking up the win. Nicole Ames got the start on the mound for Capital, allowing eight runs on 11 hits while striking out eight Belgrade batters in the losing effort.

"I thought Nicole pitched better than the score," said Bruins coach Mike Miller. "Lauren Archie and Jenna Priddy had a couple big hits for us." 

Archie finished with two hits to lead the Bruins offense.

Miller liked what he saw from his young squad despite the final score.

"Belgrade is a handful, they are as good as anybody we will see all season. Our inexperience showed, we just gave them too many chances and they capitalized."

Capital is next in action Saturday when the team travels to Kalispell for games against Glacier and Flathead. The games are scheduled for noon and 2 p.m. respectively.

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