Renegades 3-2 for week
In a busy weekend that began with a windy day turning to scattered rain, the Renegades beat the visiting Skyview High School junior varsity at home on May 12 (no box score results available).
The two teams played head-to-head in the early innings before Stillwater bats started connecting. The Renegades were up 2-1 in the fourth inning when Erin Campbell, with a full count, two outs and the bases loaded, hit a strong fly ball to right field to drive in two runs.
In the next inning, with two outs and the bases loaded, Uluwehi Brooks hit an infield grounder. The shortstop made the play to second for what should have been an easy out, but the second baseman dropped the ball and two Renegade runners scored. Mykaila Berry followed with a high fly to right-center field to drive in another run.
The Renegades traveled to Butte Central the next day for the Laverne Combo tournament, where they won two and lost two over two days.
In their opening game, Stillwater shut out the hitless Class B Deer Lodge Wardens 11-0. Maisey Sheppard went 2-for-3, and Shelby McMillen and Mykaila Berry each went 2-for-2 as the Renegades racked up 11 hits. Hailee Gregerson struck out eight batters.
Fortune took an about-face in the afternoon as Class A Dillon ran over Stillwater 18-0. Sheppard and McKenna Erickson had the Renegades’ two lone hits, while the Beavers racked up 19 hits against Stillwater pitcher Maddi Carman.
Stillwater defeated Class B St. Ignatius the next morning 3-1 (no box score results available). The Renegades outhit the Bulldogs 9 to 3.
“Hailee pitched a gem,” Renegade coach John Smith said. “St. Ignatius is one of the top four teams in that division.”
In their final tournament game, the Renegades lost to Class A Sidney 14-6. Carman and Sheppard each went 2-for-3 at the plate, but the Eagles outhit Stillwater 16-8. Stillwater was up 6-1 when Smith took Gregerson out for a rest. The Eagles went on a tear after that, scoring 13 runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
To date, the top four Renegade hitters are Gregerson at .478, McMillen at .443, Sheppard at .410, Campbell at .400 and Berry at .388. Berry leads in hitting with runners in scoring position with 15. Stillwater also has half a dozen players with an on-base percentage of .500 or better, Smith said.
Stillwater, 13-6 overall, will host the Eastern B/C Divisional Tournament at Granite Peak Park in Columbus on May 19-21. A play-in game is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. on Thursday. Regular tournament games are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Stillwater opens against Great Falls Central at 9 a.m. on Friday.
The Class B/C state softball tournament will be held in Kalispell on Thursday through Saturday, May 26-28. The Stillwater Renegades were the Class B-C state champions in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
“We came in second in 2010, won two out of four games in 2012, placed third in 2013, won one out of three games in 2014, and for the first time in many years didn’t qualify for the tournament last year,” Smith said.