Posted 7/14/15 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Crosby’s 18U and 12U softball teams both won their Highway 2/5 league tournaments Thursday in Ray.
The 18U team was co-champion with Ray after those two teams split a pair of games, Crosby losing 17-2 and winning 19-17, with a 15-2 win over Powers Lake in between.
“Ray has a very good pitcher, and for not having lots of live games against this type of pitching, we had a tough time getting any offense going,” coach Bob Gillen said of the first game. “Ray put in a young pitcher in the second game, and our girls took advantage of that move as we opened up the top of the first inning scoring 11 runs on seven hits and six walks.”
Ray eventually put the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the fifth and final inning before Crosby sealed the victory.
Team leaders for Crosby at the end of the day were Ally Grote and Autumn Ballew with five hits each, Makenzie Olson with four hits and Sierra Grote with five RBIs.
The 12U team won five of its six games and redeemed itself from a 9-6 loss to Tioga by defeating them 7-6 anad 4-3 in the championship finals.
“The first championship game was a nail-biter as we got up by three runs going into the last inning,” Gillen said. “Tioga scored twice and had the tying runner on second base and the winning run on first base, but we got their lead-off hitter and No. 2 hitter out to win.”
In the second game, Kristeen Johnson got a walk-off base hit to score the winning run in Shyann Ballew after Ally Grote had homered to tie the game.
12U wins Montana tourney
The 12U team also won a Northeast Montana league tournament in Plentywood on July 6. Crosby’s first game was the closest, an 11-7 win over Culbertson. The other two scores were 20-1 over Scobey and 13-5 over Medicine Lake.
“After receiving a first round bye, our girls played a very good team from Culbertson,” Gillen said. “After getting down 6-4 heading into the final two innings, our girls got the bats going, and we outscored them 7-1 to take a 11-7 win.”
In both tournaments, Autumn Ballew led the 12U team in hits and RBIs and tied Zada Ballew for the team lead in runs scored.
The 18U team fell short its three tournament games: 15-4 to Medicine Lake and 10-3 and 10-8 to Plentywood.
“We definitely were up against a tough road playing teams with older girls throughout their rosters,” Gillen said.
Team leaders were Olson and Ally Grote with three runs each, Sierra Grote with five hits and Autumn Ballew with three RBIs.
Also playing on the softball teams this year are JoBeth Johnson, Dakota Teague, McKennah Ross, Zenn Alvarez, Katelynn Power-Akers, Addyson Eriksmoen, Zoe Cole and Kiyah Wolter. Brittany Harward and Somer Teague joined Gillen as coaches.