The Cut Bank Lady Wolves opened their softball season with a bang as they went 5-0 last week, picking up a non-conference win over Class A Browning on Thursday before going 4-0 at the Cut Bank Jamboree on Saturday. The Lady Wolves are coming off a fourth place finish at the State Tournament last season and carried that momentum over into the first week of this season.
Thursday against Browning the Lady Wolves jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning and never looked back. Cut Bank scored four times in the second and third innings and added two more runs in the fourth on their way to a 12-1 win.
Sienna Spotted Bear was the star at the plate as she smashed two solo home runs in the win. Sam Burke hit a triple, Hannah Fetters cranked out two doubles while Sarah McDonough and Haylee Kropp each had one. Jazmine Spotted Bear hit two singles and Jada Doore rounded out the Lady Wolves’ hits with a single.
Jazmine Spotted Bear picked up the win in the circle, pitching three innings and giving up just one hit while striking out six Browning batters. Burke came in to start the fourth inning and struck out five of the 11 batters she faced over three innings of work.
Cut Bank opened the jamboree on Saturday with a 13-0 shellacking of Great Falls Central. The Lady Wolves put up five runs in the first inning and cruised the rest of the way while holding their conference foe scoreless.
Cut Bank cranked out 15 hits in the win led by Sienna Spotted Bear’s three singles. Burke tallied a triple and a double in the win, Jazmine Spotted Bear and Fetters each hit two singles while Doore, Kropp and Sydnei Littrell each connected on a double and a single.
Jazmine Spotted Bear earned the win and gave up just one hit while striking out three Central batters.
After facing Central the Lady Wolves took on Conrad and trailed 2-0 after the first inning. The Lady Wolves got on the board in the second inning and trailed 2-1 before going off for three runs in the third to take a 4-2 lead. Conrad scored once in the fourth inning and the Lady Wolves held on for the 4-3 win.
Burke hit a two-run homer for the Lady Wolves while Jazmine Spotted Bear, Hailey Wahl, Fetters, Sienna Spotted Bear and Kropp each tallied a single.
Jazmine Spotted Bear started the game in the circle and gave up two hits and two runs to go with five strikeouts before Burke came in the final two innings, earning the win as she struck out three batters and gave up one hit in two innings of work.
The local diamond dwellers next faced off with Havre JV and trounced their Class A foe 9-0.
Kropp led the offense with a double while Sienna Spotted Bear and McKenna Killian each hit a single. Cut Bank took advantage of seven walks and stole 14 bases in the contest that saw just six total hits between the teams. Littrell had three steals while Brianne Murphy, Kropp, Killian and Sadie Pepion each had two and Doore, Jazmine Spotted Bear and Bizzy Whitford each had one.
Burke pitched for the win as she went all three innings, giving up three hits and striking out five Blue Pony batters.
Shelby was the Lady Wolves’ final opponent of the day and Cut Bank jumped out to a 7-1 lead after the first inning and then cruised to a 15-1 win.
Burke hit two home runs and tallied six RBI’s in the win. Sienna Spotted Bear and Littrell each hit a double while Jazmine Spotted Bear, Shelby Big Spring, Kropp and Whitford each hit a single.
Jazmine Spotted Bear was in the circle and struck out five Coyotes while giving up two hits. Burke pitched the final inning and struck out one of the five batters she faced.
The Lady Wolves are off this weekend due to District Music Festival but will be back on the field next Monday as they host Conrad in a conference battle at 4:30 p.m.