Scottie Softball Preparing For B-C Divisionals
The Glasgow Scottie softball team is in the midst of another great season as they prepare for the Eastern B-C Divisionals that will be held in Glasgow this Friday and Saturday.
Before the seeding in Divisionals could be set in stone, Glasgow had to travel to Billings last weekend to play West Billings, Colstrip, Conrad, Shepherd and Huntley Project.
Glasgow squared off against West Billings JV first and it was that game in which Falcon believed set the tone for the rest of the weekend.
"We really hit the ball well against them," Falcon said. "The things we did right in that game prepared us for the rest of the opponents we faced that weekend."
Falcon also said that the game against West Billings, which Glasgow won 8-3, set the tone for his pitchers on the mound.
"From that game on, our pitching was perfect," Falcon said. "We struck out a lot of batters while walking hardly any. I think that's the best our pitching has looked all season."
Falcon inserted senior Abbey Mehling into the rotation to give the one-two combo of Shayla Bergtoll and Tyra Johnson a break and Mehling didn't disappoint.
Mehling threw a combined seven innings for the Scotties in games against Shepherd and Colstrip. Her performance in those games all but assured her more time on the mound this weekend against Shepherd.
"She mixed up her pitches really well," Falcon said. "She will see more action on the mound this weekend."
Another notable game on the Scotties schedule while in Billings was a rematch against Huntley Project. It was a hard fought game like the first one was as Huntley Project took a 5-2 lead late in the game.
Unlike last time, Glasgow was able to battle back in this game.
With three outs remaining, Glasgow started their rally with Shayla Bergtoll getting things going for the Scotties with a single. Khlow Krumwiede followed suit with a hit of her own and before fans knew it, the Scotties had two runners on with no outs.
Up next was Megan Rasmusan who decided to make things a little more intriguing by lacing a double in the outfield which scored both Bergtoll and Krumwiede to make it a 5-4 Huntley Project lead.
With Rasmusan standing on third, leadoff hitter Sadie Sukut came up to the plate. In her previous three at bats of the game against Tessa Hultgren, Sukut saw no success as she was 0-3.
Sukut refused to finish the game with a doughnut in the hit column as she cranked the second pitch of the at bat over the fence to give Glasgow a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning.
Tyra Johnson logged her fourth inning of the game to close out the bottom of the seventh and give Glasgow the win, a win that impressed Falcon.
"Playing those guys and battling back like that shows as much character for a team that we can get," Falcon said. "This is the time where we need to start playing one game at a time and playing really good defense and offense."
The Scotties finished the rest of their games in Billings with a 14-4 win over Shepherd; a 1-0 win over Conrad in which the lone run came off an Abby Dalbey home run in the sixth inning. Glasgow then finished up the tournament with two victories over Colstrip, 13-1 and 14-4 respectively.
Glasgow will host the Eastern B-C Divisionals this weekend. The two-day event will be on Friday and Saturday.
Colstrip will not be participating in the tournament due to not having enough players to field a team after their catcher suffered a season ending injury during a collision at the plate as she tried to score a run.
The tournament starts at 9 a.m. with No. 2 seed Glasgow and Shepherd on field one and Stillwater and Cut Bank on field two. The 11 a.m. game pits Conrad against Shelby on field one. The second round games commence at 3 p.m. on Friday with the winner of Glasgow and Shepherd playing the winner of Stillwater and Cut Bank. No. 1 seed Huntley Project will compete in the other second round game as they await the winner of Conrad and Shelby.