SOFTBALL SLUGS THEIR WAY TO DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, STATE
BY ALEX PAGE, FOR THE COURIER
Published: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
The Glasgow Scottie softball team is once again divisional champions! This past weekend, the Glasgow team headed down the road to Cut Bank to participate in the 2012 divisional tournament and came out on top with a perfect 4-0 record to take the title.
In the championship game, the Scotties faced off against the Stillwater team, a rival for all teams. The Scotties' fielding was solid throughout most of the game with only three errors compared to four for Stillwater. Starting pitcher Shyla Bergtoll would go six innings and allow four runs on eight hits with only one walk.
Offensively, the girls knocked in 11 runs on 13 hits. Sadie Sukut, Mariah Stein, Tyana Rasmusan, Alex Page and Abby Dalbey led the way with two hits each. Sage Sukut, Megan Rasmusan and Jessica Carson each had one hit in the game.
Alex Page hit a double to score the first two runs of the game in the first inning and Rasmusan hit a grand slam in the second inning, which fueled the team’s momentum through the rest of the game.
The Scotties took a 9-0 lead after three innings when Stillwater started to scratch their way back into it. Stillwater scored two in the fourth and sixth and were down 11-4 going into the last inning.
Rasmusan entered the game in relief of Bergtoll and Stillwater scored a pair of runs before a pair of fly outs to right field and then finally recording the final out with a pop up to Rasmusan for the final score of 11-6. Immediately, the girls charged Rasmusan to celebrate. They were divisional champions. It was the culmination of hard work and good play that began earlier in the weekend.
The first game of the weekend was against Shepherd. Shepherd gave up nine fielding errors compared to the Scotties’ two.
Not only was the Scottie defense solid, but so was their batting. In four innings, the Scotties had 13 hits and a total of 14 RBIs.
Tyana Rasmusan, Sage Sukut, Page and Dalbey each had two hits to lead the way. Rasmusan recorded one triple while Page had two doubles.
Carson, who has been out of action for most of the regular season, made her triumphant come-back debut in this game as she stepped up to the plate and hit a hard single up the middle, picking up where she left off before her injury.
The Scotties were victorious against Shepherd with a dominating final score of 19-3. The starting pitcher for the Scotties, Bergtoll, went four innings and gave up only five hits to get the win. The victory advanced the Scotties to face the one-seeded Shelby Coyotes.
The Scotties were yet again victorious with a score of 8-1. Leading the Scotties in batting this game was Mariah Stein, who went 3-for-4, including consecutive home runs in her first two at bats. Megan Rasmusan was 2-for-3 and Sage Sukut, Tyana Rasmusan, and Page each doubled. As a team, the Scottie bats knocked in a total of eight RBIs on 13 hits.
Despite Glasgow’s four errors in the contest, their offensive attack was too much for Shelby to overcome. Winning pitcher Tyana Rasmusan went four innings and only allowed two hits.
With the win, Glasgow had already secured a ticket to the state tournament. But the team had even loftier goals, which left little room to celebrate as the win placed the Scotties into the semi-final matchup against Stillwater.
The Scotties’ bats once again controlled the flow of this game. Glasgow would score six runs on 12 hits. Stein would again set the pace for the Scotties, going 3-for-4 at the plate, including two RBIs and a double.
Kenady Hall and Sadie Sukut also had a strong game at the plate, going 2-for-3 and 2-for-4 respectively with an RBI each. Page rounded out Glasgow’s scoring with two RBIs.
Bergtoll got the win on the mound throwing six innings. Bergtoll had seven strikeouts, zero walks and only gave up three runs on seven hits.
“The coaches and team are very excited about going to state. We are playing the best ball that we have played all year. It’s not just one or two players playing well but everyone on the team is playing hard and making the plays when it counts. We are having so much fun right now and playing with confidence,” said Head Coach Mark Falcon.
The Scotties will be going into the B-C State Tournament in Anaconda as the number one seed from the East Division. Their first game is May 24, at 4 p.m. against Eureka.
Eureka is the four-seed from the West Division. Eureka compiled a 7-10 record in the regular season.
Please see the state bracket above for the full schedule of games. GO SCOTTIES!
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