Shaved Coach Vaile’s head on Monday
The Browning Lady Indians softball team began their week with two tough games against former state champs Columbia Falls at the BHS home field on Friday, May 4, and followed with four games at the Butte Invitational tourney. The Lady Indians came close in the first three games there and emerged victorious over Drummond in the final game, 3-2. As promised, they will have shaved Coach Jim Vaile’s head at their home game against Shelby on Monday, May 14, to celebrate their first win.
“We held tough,” Coach Vaile said of the Columbia Falls games. “We can stay with any team for four or five innings before we let down.”
The Lady Indians broke that streak after three games at the Butte tournament over the weekend. They started out against Hardin, jumping out in front with eight runs, but a bad inning let Hardin back into the game, handing Browning a 17-8 loss.
Next, the Lady Indians played Corvallis, again clinching a 4-0 lead before a slack inning cost them the game. Then it was Manhattan, with Browning gaining a 6-0 lead, only to have their opponents come back to win, 8-6.
Finally, they played Drummond. “The score doesn’t show how well we played,” Coach Vaile said. “We shut them down; there were no errors; the pitching was good, and our batting was good. They’re really coming together,” he said of the 3-2 win for Browning.
This week started off with a makeup game against Shelby on Monday, May 14. Then they’re off to Whitefish on Thursday, May 17, for games that start at 4 and 5:30 p.m.
And finally, on Saturday, May 19, they host Ronan for the final games of the regular season at the Browning softball diamond, starting at noon and 2 p.m.