HELENA — The Butte High softball team was able to gain the necessary separation on Helena when its manufactured three runs in the sixth inning to win 7-3 Saturday afternoon at Mihelish Fields.
"Overall, I thought we did a good job defensively," Bulldogs coach Ryan Stosich said. "(McCaul) McCaul pitched a heck of a game, and we talked about her on being down on her walks. I thought our defense played fairly well."
Bulldogs player Bradi Lester catapulted Butte to a four-run lead when she unloaded a three-run home run at the top of the sixth inning to give the Bulldogs a 7-3 lead in what was a closely contested game.
McCarthy got the win for Butte. She lasted seven innings, allowing three hits and three runs while striking out 13.
Bengals coach Ryan Schulte said he was pleased with his team's performance despite falling to the Bulldogs.
"That is two games in a row where we got down at the beginning of the game," Schulte said. "Our team showed flashes. We were able to figure it out. We just need to start a little faster, and jump on teams the way we can."
Helena player Mariah English took the loss. English allowed four hits and two runs over three and a third innings, striking out five.
Veronica Hansen hit a home run in the seventh inning for the Bengals.
Walsh, Casey Holland and Hansen all had one hit to lead the Bengals.
The Bulldogs collected a total of 12 hits in the game. Brittney Tierney, Bradie Lester and Jayden Cleveland each had multiple hits for Butte.
Helena 15, Bozeman 4
The Bengals rebounded from their loss to Butte with a victory over Bozeman.
The Bengals gained separation from with six runs in the third inning. In the third, Riley Thennis doubled, scoring one run. Madelynn Pandis followed with a one-run single, and Vanessa Walsh had an RBI-single.
Schulte was pleased with how his team responded after the loss to Butte.
"The girls wanted to respond after the (loss to Butte) so they changed their mentality and improved in a lot of ways," Schulte said. "They changed our mentality and how we approached games. If we continue this, I think we will be a pretty competitive team."
Helena's Amber Countryman had two home runs on the night. Countryman finished the night 3-for-4 with two home runs and two RBIs.
Bengals had top hitting performances from Nicole Price, who was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Mariah English was 2-for-2, and Thennis was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
Helena's Faith Manibusan pitched the Bengals to victory. She surrendered four runs on 11 hits over three innings, striking out two. English threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Parker Wemple took the loss for Bozeman. She surrendered 15 runs on 16 hits over four and two-thirds innings, striking out seven.
Helena Capital 10, Bozeman 0
Capital dominated Bozeman in the first game of a home doubleheader in which they manufactured a total of 23 runs Saturday afternoon.
Bruins pitcher Nicole Ames allowed one hit over three innings with three strikeouts and no walks.
Lauren Archie led the Bruins at the plate going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs.
Capital 13, Butte 3
The Bruins collected 20 hits in their home victory over Butte on Saturday afternoon.
Ally McMillan was 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Mashayla O'Malley was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Jenna Priddy was 4-for-4 with an RBI, Sarah Bury was 3-for-3 with an RBI, Ames was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Kendall Isaacson was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
The Helena High tennis team defeated Great Falls 5-3 Saturday afternoon in Great Falls, and knocked off CMR 7-1.
The Bengals No. 1 tennis player Gavin Anderson defeated Great Fall's Drew Wyman 6-4, 6-7, 7-4. Anderson also defeated CMR's No. 1 player Shane Kajala in two sets 6-2, 6-3 .
Doubles tandem Clayton Ryerson and Conner Casne defeated Great Falls' Luke Wyman and Nick Keller in two sets 6-2, 6-2. The duo also defeated CMR's Zach Stimac and Tristan Krum in two sets 6-1, 6-4.
Helena's girls tennis had mixed results in a doubleheader with Great Falls, CMR. Helena defeated Great Falls 7-1 and tied with CMR 4-4.
Helena tennis player Pilar Santos split her matches with Great Falls' Mya Curtis and CMR's Gail Parambi. Santos defeated Curtis 6-2, 6-0 and then proceeded to fall to Parambi 6-4, 6-3, splitting her day as the Bengals No. 1 singles player.
The Helena Capital boys tennis team defeated Great Falls and CMR in Great Falls. Capital defeated Great Falls 6-2 and CMR 6-2.
Capital's No. 1 player Ethan Allen defeated CMR's Shane Kujala 6-0, 6-2, and defeated Great Fall's Drew Wyman 7-5, 6-4.
The Capital girls tennis team lost to CMR 3-5 and tied Great Falls 4-4. The Bruins No. 1 player Regan Hanson defeated Great Fall's No. 1 player Meredith Shockley 6-1, 6-4. Hanson lost to Gail Parmbi 1-6, 6-3, 8-10 in matches that went to three sets.
Roush makes impact
Helena's Zane Roush finished first in the 1,600, recording a time of 4 minutes, 46.28 seconds at the Belgrade Triangular. Roush also captured first place with a time of 10 minutes, 34.96 seconds in the 3,200.
Capital's Alec Ladas finished first in the 110 with a time of 16.30 seconds, and Gus Hanson finished first in the 300 with a time 45.44 seconds.
The relay team finished first in the 4X100 with a time of 45.24 seconds, and the 1,600 run with a time of 3 minutes, 41.79 seconds.
Helena's Holden Sampson finished first in the shot put recording a distance of 44 feet, 8.25 inches, and Capital's Ryan Magee placed first in discuss with a throw of 126 feet, 10 inches.
Helena's Evan Rankin finished first in the javelin with a throw of 146 feet, 9 inches, and Capital's Dawson Ziegler finished first in the pole vault in 12 feet, 6 inches.
Helena's Ben Swanson finished first in the long jump with a jump of 18 feet, 8 inches, a personal record, and the Bengals Dave Lowry finished first in the triple jump recording a distance of 40 feet, 9 inches.
Audrey Bloomquist's name has become a fixture at the top of any track meet she competes in, and the Belgrade Triangular Saturday afternoon was no exception.
The Capital track standout finished first in the 100 meters and the 200, recording times of 12.74 seconds in the 100 and 27.53 in the 200-meter dash.
Jefferson High standout Avery Stiles has picked up right where he left off last year. Stiles, who won a Class B state championship in the high jump six months after suffering an ACL-injury during football season, is completely healthy this year.
Stiles cleared a distance of 6 feet, 8 inches, which set a new Panthers school record. With this leap, Stiles has solidified himself as favored to repeat as an Class B state high jump champion.