Golden Eagles fall in opening game at state softball

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Carley Carpenter pitches in a loss against against Polson Thursday. Carpenter led the way Friday with nine strikeouts against Butte Central Catholic. 
Photo courtesy of Dan Chesnet 




 The wings of the Golden Eagles were clipped by the Pirates of Polson, 9-1, in an opening-round game at the Class A State Softball Tournament. Glendive lost to Stevensville, 5-4, in the other game played at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the South Meadows Softball Complex in Sidney. 

In the Fergus loss, Pirate pitcher Haley Fyant allowed only one Golden Eagle hit in her four innings of work. Fergus’s other four hits in the contest came against Pirate relief pitcher Camas Renault. 

Eight errors contributed to the loss for Fergus. In fact, all nine runs were unearned, coming due to Golden Eagle errors. The Pirates scored all the runs they would need in the contest in the top half of the first inning. Two errors sandwiched between two singles in the first inning allowed the first Polson run to score. Another Pirate run scored on a Fergus passed ball to give Polson a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the first inning. 

The Golden Eagles only run came in the bottom of the seventh inning. Val Kolstad hit a hard ground-ball single to the Polson centerfielder. The next Fergus batter Kinsey Irvin hit into a fielder’s choice with Kolstad out at second. Abby Gremaux followed with a single to left field to move Irvin to second. Kylee Weeden came in to pinch run for Irvin. Weeden came around to score from second on a ground ball out by Macy Mangold to the right side of the Polson infield. Gremaux advanced to second on the play, and Shelby Long was inserted into the game to run for Gremaux. Long had to stop at third when Hanna Hayes singled to centerfield. The game ended when Long was picked off third base for the third out of the inning for Fergus. 

Carley Carpenter went the distance in the circle for the Golden Eagles. Despite giving up 13 hits, all of the Pirate runs were unearned. Carpenter had one strikeout in the contest and walked two batters. 

The loss moved the Eagles into a loser-out contest Friday at 11 a.m. against Butte Central, Sidney or Belgrade. 



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