Cowgirls hammer Sidney 10-0, now 3-1 in Eastern A


The Custer County District High School softball team is entering new territory. With an impressive 10-0 win over Sidney last night, the Cowgirls moved over .500 for the first time this season. This is also the latest the Cowgirls have been over .500 in any season.

"It was a great win for us," Cowgirls Head Coach Murrey Selk said. "It's another conference win and a great confidence booster, especially with what we did right. Our defense was great, holding them scoreless and allowing just two hits. We fielded well and hit the ball well, too. It was a great win."

The Cowgirls are now 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the Eastern A. They will be off until Tuesday when they travel to Hardin, who is winless in the conference so far.

In Sidney last night, the Cowgirls got a big game from junior shortstop Sierra Niedge, and that big game started with a bang in the first inning.

Leadoff hitter Lauren Wolfe-Petroff struck out to start the game, but the Sidney catcher dropped the ball and Wolfe-Petroff was safe at first.

Niedge took the first pitch to allow Wolfe-Petroff to steal second base, and then she hammered the ball over the centerfield wall for her first career home run, and the Cowgirls' first homer of the season.

Mackenzie Helland followed the home run with a triple and scored on a passed ball. Gabby Richards also scored on a passed ball in the first, giving the Cowgirls a 4-0 lead before Sidney came to bat.

The four runs in the first inning were more than enough support for Wolfe-Petroff, who continued to dominate in the circle.

The senior pitcher allowed just two hits, and only one runner reached second base in the game. She struck out five and received great help from her defense, which committed no errors in the game.

The Cowgirl offense continued to heat up through the game. Niedge doubled in Wolfe-Petroff in the second and later scored on a fielder's choice. Wolfe-Petroff had an RBI double of her own in the third, sparking a three-run rally that left the Cowgirls on top 9-0.

After going scoreless in the fourth, it was Niedge and Wolfe-Petroff getting the Cowgirls to the 10-run mercy rule.

Wolfe-Petroff led off the inning with a walk, stole second and third base and was brought in with a Niedge single.

For the game, the Cowgirls had 11 hits, four going for extra bases.

"They were aggressive at the plate and made great contact," Selk said. "They were also aggressive on the bases, moving when they were supposed to."

Niedge was the star of the offense last night, going 4-4 with five RBIs to go with her double and home run. 

"She was swinging the bat like she was at the end of last year," Selk said of Niedge. "She was seeing the ball and making great contact. And that home run in the first, she just crushed it, right into the wind. It was a heck of a hit."

Helland went 2-4 with an RBI and a triple. Wolfe-Petroff doubled and scored four runs.

Richards, Kristen Selk, Jamie Gierke and Chelsea Davis also had base hits.

Cowgirls 10, Sidney 0

Cowgirls 4 2 3 0 1 - 10 11 0

Sidney 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 2 3

Lauren Wolfe-Petroff (W) and Maddissen Hill; Giddens (L) and Verhassett.

Cowgirls (3-2, 3-1)- L. Wolfe-Petroff 1-2, 2B, RBI; S. Niedge 4-4, 2B, HR, 5 RBI; M. Helland 2-4, 3B, RBI; G. Richards 1-4, RBI; K. Selk 1-4; J. Gierke 1-2; C. Davis 1-3; M. Hill 0-3; J. Swope 0-3.

SIdney ()- Giddens 1-2, 2B; Fasching 0-1; Verhassett 0-1; Peterson 0-2; Papineau 0-2; Crosby 1-2; Marchouse 0-1; Dejarlais 0-2; Thiessen 0-1; Sanders 0-1; Christianson 0-1; Ramus 0-1.