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Lady Pirates open season with back-to-back wins

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POLSON — The defending 2021 Class A State champions, Polson Lady Pirates, opened the 2022 season with back-to-back victories at home on Saturday.

Polson shutout the Plains Trotters 10-0 and defeated the Butte Central Maroons 8-2. 

In the season-opener, Lady Pirate Carli Maley was 3-for-3 with two singles, two RBIs, and a home run.

Taking a 2-0 lead after the first two innings, Polson jumped out to a big 7-0 lead in the third inning after a five-run outburst. The Lady Pirates got two more runs in the fourth, and a long home run in the fifth inning by Jaiven BadBear made it 10-0 and ended the game by the 10-run mercy rule.

Winning pitcher Katelyne Druyvestein worked five innings in the circle, allowing no hits, one walk, and 13 strikeouts. 

In Saturday’s late afternoon game against Butte Central, the game started well for the Lady Pirates, who scored seven runs in the first three innings and got a fantastic starting outing from Druyvestein.

In her three-inning, 34-pitch stint, Druyvestein held the Maroons hitless while striking out five and walking none. Turquoise Pierre finished the game in the circle for Polson, striking out four, walking three, and allowed two runs in four innings of work. 

McKenna Hanson led Polson at the plate, going three for four with a double, a triple and two RBIs.

Also for the Lady Pirates, Nikki Kendall went three for four with three singles and two RBIs. 

The Lady Pirates are set to return to action on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., hosting the Hamilton Lady Broncs in a Class A non-conference matchup.

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