Cowgirl softball picks up important Eastern A win over Laurel

 

The Custer County District High School Cowgirl softball team picked up a big Eastern A win last night, beating Laurel 3-1, one of the biggest wins in the program's short history.

"It is a huge win for us," Cowgirls Head Coach Murrey Selk said. "Program-wise, confidence-wise, everything. It's a great win for us."

With the win, the Cowgirls moved to 2-2 on the year and more importantly, 2-1 in the Eastern A. They will be at Sidney, weather permitting, on Thursday and then at Hardin next Tuesday. They will return home next Saturday against Glendive.

Cowgirl pitcher Lauren Wolfe-Petroff allowed a run in the top of the first to the Lady Locomotives and then shut them down from there.

The Cowgirls tied the game in the bottom of the first. Wolfe-Petroff, the Cowgirl leadoff batter, reached on a walk to start the game. Sierra Niedge followed with a sacrifice bunt that moved Wolfe-Petroff all the way to third base.

Mackenzie Helland then hit a fielders choice to shortstop that brought Wolfe-Petroff in for the tying run.

The Cowgirls were scoreless in the second and third innings, but their younger girls came through in the fourth and fifth innings.

In the fourth, freshmen Jenna Swope, one of three freshmen in the lineup, came to the plate with the bases loaded and hit the ball to the Laurel shortstop. Sophomore Kristen Selk was able to beat the throw home for the go-ahead run.

Selk drove in Helland with a base hit in the fifth to add an insurance run.

"It's nice to see the younger girls playing well," Selk said. "They're stepping in and doing what we're telling them to do and then going out and being able to get it done."

Kristen Selk led the offense with a 3-3 effort. Helland, Gabby Richards, Chelsea Davis, Swope and Maddissen Hill each had base hits.

Wolfe-Petroff, one of only two seniors on the roster, earned her second win of the season. She scattered four hits and walked two.

"Lauren was absolutely great," Selk said. "She hit spots when she needed too. Laurel was hitting the ball, but Lauren was getting them to lift the ball to our outfielders or get ground balls. And our defense was tremendous too. They got to everything and made plays."

This year is different in Class A softball. Rather than sending teams to the state tournament based on regular season standings, there will be a divisional tournament, much like basketball.

"I think this win says that we could be competing at state this year," Selk said. "The girls have it in them. They're talented and athletic. The younger ones are learning the ins and outs of the game at the high school level, and I think we could be a state tournament level team."

Cowgirls 3, Laurel 1

Laurel 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 4 1

Cowgirls 1 0 0 1 1 0 x - 3 7 3

Lauren Wolfe-Petroff (W, 2-2) and Maddissen Hill; B. Jones (L) and H. Spitzer.

Cowgirls (2-2, 2-1)- L. Wolfe-Petroff 0-2, run; S. Niedge 0-3; M. Helland 1-3, run, RBI; G. Richards 1-2; K. Selk 3-3, run, RBI; T. Ogolin 0-2; C. Davis 1-3; J. Swope 1-3, RBI; M. Hill 1-3.

Laurel- A. Grandpre 0-4; K. Goodson 1-3, run; M. Gunn 2-4; K. Williams 0-4, RBI; H. Spitzer 0-4; . Hodges 1-3; B. Jones 0-3; K. Mower 0-1; H. Maurer 0-2.