Fergus Golden Eagle Girls headed to state

By: 
Charlie Denison
Reporter

 

Hanna Hayes, above, steps up to the plate and connects during the Lady Golden Eagles loss to Belgrade in the championship game Saturday in Livingston. Despite losing to the Lady Panthers, the Golden Eagles defeated the Havre Blue Ponies handily, qualifying them for state. Below, left, Carley Carpenter pitches in the championship game. She had two strikeouts. 

Photos by Dan Chesnet 

 

 The Fergus Lady Golden Eagles had two terrific games against the Havre Blue Ponies last weekend at divisionals in Livingston, but the momentum did not last long, as the Belgrade Lady Panthers were too much for Fergus in both contests. 

The Golden Eagles met Belgrade in a semifinal matchup and again in a finals matchup, losing 24-2 and 10-0, respectively. 

Falling to Belgrade, Fergus placed second in divisionals, which gives them the opportunity to compete at the state tournament in Sidney this weekend. 

This was not a big surprise to Fergus Coach Mike Mangold 

“Divisionals went how we figured they might as long as we played like we could,” Mangold said. “We were able to dominate Havre in our two games with them, but still couldn’t find any magic against Belgrade pitching.” 

That was not the case, however, against Havre, as Val Kolstad had a field day, hitting a home run and batting in six runs during the team’s 14-4 victory. 

“Val feasted on Havre pitching this weekend and we did a good job getting on base in front of her in the Havre games,” Mangold said. 

Ade Lensing also had a good game Saturday against Havre, hitting twice for two RBIs. Elizabeth Craven had three hits and an RBI while Dani Gapay and Mikayla Comes both had two hits and an RBI. Carley Carpenter also stepped up on the pitcher’s mound, throwing five strikeouts while only allowing seven hits. She also only committed one error. 

The team really stood out defensively in the Havre games, as well, Mangold added. 

“We were more aggressive defensively,” he said, “but when we went against Belgrade we were back on our heels a little.” 

The championship game – pitched by Kinsey Irvin and Macy Mangold – was an especially difficult match. 

“We were tired, as it was our third game in a row, but the same scenario could play out at state,” Mangold said. “We need to find a way to cover the short game better. Belgrade had only eight or nine hits. Four were bunts. Things like reading hands better, speeding our throws up and charging harder will help us.”

At state, the Lady Golden Eagles will play Polson first. 

“We haven’t seen them this year or had the chance to scout them, but they have stereotypically used the short game well, combining a mixture of slappers in their lineup,” Mangold said. “They are a very good team and come from a conference where they see Frenchtown and Columbia Falls, thus why they are a three seed.” 

Headed to Sidney, Mangold said he is encouraged with the team and has a good feeling going in. 

“We just need to go in and have confidence in our abilities,” Mangold said. “We have seen two different teams throughout the year: one that is active and one that reacts. We need the active one to come to the forefront this week.” 

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