Softball: Cowgirls beat Billings 18-3

The Custer County District High School Cowgirls softball team continued their winning ways on Thursday at Billings Central, taking the Lady Rams for an 18-3 ride.

The Cowgirls in every inning but one, and allowed Central their only runs in the second. The girls in blue racked up 14 hits and recorded no errors.

Senior Jenna Swope led the offensive attack with a 3-for-4 performance, and sophomore Autumn Porter was 3-for-5 at the plate. 

Cowgirls Swope, Alexa Kappel, pitcher Arena Porter, Autumn Porter, and Madissen Hill all smacked doubles, and Swope and Mackenzie Taylor swiped two bases apiece.

Hope Dittus, Arena Porter, Sarah Moore, Autumn Porter, and Hill each stole a base for Custer County.

Senior Arena Porter pitched a complete game, tossing 61 strikes in 87 pitches, striking out two, walking one, and allowing 10 hits. 

On defense, the Cowgirls recorded one of the rarest of baseball accomplishments — the triple play.

In the bottom of the third, Central, already down 9-3, had runners at the corners. A pop out to Arena Porter was the first out, and her heads-up throw caught the runner too far off first, and Kylee Licht, the Cowgirls’ first baseman, threw a frozen rope to Hill at catcher, who applied the tag to catch the runner tagging up. One, two, three, and the inning was over. Central only had one runner past second base the rest of the game. 

The Cowgirls take on Eastern A rival Dawson County at Bender Park  in Miles City on Tuesday. The junior varsity game begins at 3 p.m., and the varsity game follows.