Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Stillwater beats Shelby, Glasgow at Lewistown softball tourney

After a slow start to the season caused by several game cancellations due to the weather, the Stillwater Renegades travelled to Lewistown last Saturday to finally face some conference competitors.
The Renegades first faced the Shelby Coyotes. Stillwater added a pair of runs in the bottoms of the first and second innings. After a scoreless third, the Renegades entered the fourth inning up 4–0. An 11-run fourth inning for Stillwater ended the game early, with a 15–0 Renegade win.
The Shelby game gave the younger Renegade players an opportunity to show their stuff. Sophomore Hayley Story pitched all four innings. She finished the game with six strikeouts and three walks.
Offensively, Story turned both of her at bats into hits and drove in one run. Junior Arica Hedges had two runs batted in (RBI), and sophomore Grace Stadel had the team’s only double.
Story and freshman Brooklyn Wyllie each had two stolen bases. As a team, the Renegades racked up six stolen bases.
After Shelby, Stillwater faced the Glasgow Scotties. Historically the two teams have been well-matched, and this game proved no different.
The Scotties jumped to a quick two-run lead in the top of the first, but the Renegades were able to answer with four runs in the bottom of the second. Glasgow tied the game in the top of the fourth inning, but Stillwater regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth.
A three-run fifth inning gave the Renegades a four-run lead, and while the Scotties tried to fight back with four runs in the last two innings of the game, Stillwater added three in the sixth to cruise to an 11–8 victory.
The two teams were almost identical in the hits category, with 12 hits for the Renegades and 11 for the Scotties. However, the Stillwater defense was able to make plays with runners on and the Renegade offense was effective at returning base runners home the long way – Glasgow left seven on base while Stillwater only left four.
Senior Maddi Carman pitched all seven innings for the Renegades. She struck out six and walked one.
Junior Kasidy Robbins led the Stillwater offense with three hits, including a double, and one RBI. Junior Talyn Richard and senior Marissa Slevira each had two hits, including a double, as well as a stolen base. Freshman Makayla Harper also stole a base. Eight different Renegades each batted a run in.

On Thursday, the Renegades face Class A Billings Central at home with varsity play beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Stillwater travels to face conference rival Huntley Project.