Maidens battle Broncs, weather during home opener weekend
RONAN — The Maiden High School softball team ran into some nasty weather and a talented Frenchtown squad this past weekend in their 2019 season home opener.
On Friday afternoon, the Maidens scored three runs in the first inning against the Columbia Falls Wildkats before heavy rains forced a 30-minute delay and eventual postponement of the game. In Saturday’s home matchup against the Frenchtown Lady Broncs, the very young Maiden squad kept playing hard but fell 15-1.
“I felt that we did a good job in certain situations,” said Maiden first year coach Kaylee Cheff. “They executed what we had been working on in practice. We are seeing improvements each game.”
Frenchtown jumped ahead early in the game, scoring seven runs in the first three innings. Maiden Emilie Corley pushed the only Maiden run across the plate with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the third inning. The Maidens held the Lady Broncs scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings.
“We had a lot of great catches and plays by our outfielders, LaNissa Mahkuk, Rhiley Big Beaver and Julia Daley,” said Cheff. “They did a great job in their positions.”
Mahkuk led Ronan with two hits, including a stolen base. Big Beaver and Corley each collected a hit. Inside the circle for the Maidens, Macao Jackson pitched a complete game, walking six and striking out four. She allowed 15 runs on 17 hits.
The Maidens return to action April 10 when they face Corvallis on the Lady Griz softball field in Missoula.
Ronan 1, Frenchtown 15
Hamilton 331 003 5 – 15 17 1
Ronan 001 000 0 – 1 4 5
Claire Bagnell (7IP: 9K, 3W) and Kendra Williams
Macao Jackson (7IP: 3K, 6W) and Maddy Mae Miller
W – Bagnell L – Jackson (0-3)
FRENCHTOWN – Cassidy Bagnell 1-3, Mikaela Field 1-4, Layne Bauer 1-3,
Taylor Garren *3-5, Cassidy Moen 2-3*, Cl. Bagnell 2-5, Hailey Arthur 1-2,
Williams 1-5, Khasidy Hodge 3-3, Hallie Habeck 0-0, Sarah Hibbard 1-1,
Sadie Smith 1-1, Charity Rebich 0-0, Lindsey Knight 0-1
RONAN – LaNissa Mahkuk 2-4, Madison Clairmont 0-2, Jackson 0-2, Emilie
Corley 1-2, Regan Clairmont 0-2, Miller 0-3, Rhylie Big Beaver 1-3, Ashlie
Welker 0-3, Julia Daley 0-3
HR – Garren, Moen, Bagnell.
RBIs – Corley; Garren 5, Moen 3, Bagnell 2, Arthur 2, Bauer, *Hodge
SF – Corley; *Moen. HBP – Bauer.
BB – M.Clairmont, Jackson, R.Clairmont; Bagnell, Habeck, Moen, Arthur 2, Rebich 1.
SB – Mahkuk. CS – Mahkuk; Arthur