HELENA — The Helena Capital High softball team dominated Kalispell Flathead with a 20-1 victory Saturday afternoon.
The Bruins (3-4, 1-1) scored 10 runs in the bottom of the second inning, giving them a 15-0 advantage.
The game, which is typically supposed to end after three innings if the opponent is ahead by 15 runs, carried on because both teams looked to gain additional field time they lost because of the weather at the start of the season, according to Flathead coach Jack Foster.
"We haven't been outside much with the weather, and that is the only way we are going to get better is to keep playing," Foster said. "We are working on getting better, and that is what we have to keep doing."
During the five-inning game, Capital tallied nine hits and scored 20 runs to give pitcher Nicole Ames the victory. Ames earned the win by allowing only one hit and no runs in two innings, striking out four and walking none.
"We've got a little bit of work to do," Bruins coach Mike Miller said. "We are still trying to find the right combinations and positions (at this point in the season)."
Miller said he was pleased with the way his team hit the softball.
"It's good that we were able to generate 20 runs while the girls hit the ball a little bit, and that is very good," Miller said. "It's good that we took advantage of the situation."
Kalispell Glacier 8, Capital 7
Capital's attempt to rally from a five-run deficit came up short in its loss to Glacier on Saturday afternoon. The attempted rally came in the bottom of the sixth and seventh inning,
Capital notched three runs in the seventh inning. Lauren Archie and Kendall Isaacson each had RBIs in the bottom of the seventh.
Glacier pulled away for good with four runs in the fourth inning. In the fourth, Sage Vanterpool homered on a 2-2 count, scoring three runs and Kira Barney grounded out, scoring one run.
"Our inexperience showed a little bit, and we gave (Glacier) too many chances," Miller said. "They got a couple of hits when they needed them."
Vanterpool pitched Glacier to victory. She allowed nine hits and seven runs over seven innings, striking out 10.
Ames went seven innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits, striking out five and walking zero.
Capital tallied nine hits on the day. Isaacson and Archie each managed three. Meyer led the Wolfpack going 3-for-4 at the plate.
Bengals 10, Flathead 5
Helena tallied four runs in the fourth inning. The Bengals (4-2, 2-0) were propelled by Vanessa Walsh, Riley Thennis and Amber Countryman, whom all had critical singles in the inning
Bengals pitcher Mariah English lasted 3⅔ innings, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out six and walking one.
Walsh was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Countryman was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Thennis was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Flathead pitcher Llyssa Centner allowed 10 hits and 10runs over six innings, striking out six.
Helena 5, Glacier 4
Walsh smashed a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to allow Helena to topple Glacier on Saturday afternoon. The Bengals hit two home runs in the game. Reegan Walsh smashed a home run in the fourth and Walsh's solo shot came in the seventh.
Addie Labrum went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Glacier (2-2, 0-2) in hits. Wolfpack's Vanterpool allowed four hits and four runs over five innings, striking out six. Kynie Mohl threw one and one-third innings in relief.
Capital boys tennis
Several Capital singles players captured victories over Belgrade on Friday night. Capital's Ethan Allen defeated Jack Tham 6-3, 6-2; Abraham Allen defeated Logan McCawley 6-1,6-0; John LaRue topped Seth Koltz 6-0, 6-1 and Norris Blossom defeated Coulter Thorn 6-1, 7-5.
Several doubles tandems also captured victories. Capital's No. 1 doubles team with Jerrick Olson and Trevor Peterson defeated Dawson Brooks and Daulton Mattson 6-2, 6-2. The No. 2 team with Seamus Whyte and Korben Kerby defeated Quinn Gahron and Austin Hargrove 6-2, 7-5.
No. 3 players Bridger Grovom and Parker Johnston defeated Reece Eller and Ryan Dreyer 6-0, 6-6, 7-2. Capital's No. 4 tandem of Isaac Marshall and Adam Mays lost to JD Hoppe and Derek Foster 3-6, 4-6.
The Capital girls tennis team got a pair of victories over Belgrade. No. 1 player Regan Hanson defeated Hanna Stookke 6-1, 6-4. Emma Coble defeated Angelina Onandleh 6-0, 3-0.
The top three doubles tandems for Capital all ended with victories. Mara Flynn and Sydney Gibson defeated Remi Gordon and Claire Ovlbertston 6-3, 6-4. No. 2 Holly Peterson and Lili Keeton defeated Alliah Nelson and Taylor Thomas. Ana Salyards and Sarah Kubicka, the No. 3 Capital doubles team toppled Belgrade's Elizabeth Gilbertson and Ava Wagner.
Capital boys track
The Capital track team had several standout individual performances Saturday afternoon at the Bozeman Quadrangular.
Bret Morris captured first in the 100 meters with a time of 11.27 seconds, a personal record. Morris also won the 200, recording another own record of 23.49 seconds.
Jeremiah Wamsley captured first in the 300 in 42.26 seconds. The 4X100 meter relay team placed first with a time of 43.90 seconds.
Capital girls track
Willa McArdle placed first in the 3,200 with a time of 12-59.11 at Bozemman. Melissa Moreni placed first in the 100 with a time of 15.41 seconds. The Capital relay team won the 4X100 with a time of 51.14 seconds.
Jaden Klachbrenner finished first in the shot put with a distance of 33-2¾ inches and Jaida Salois set a personal record with a discus throw of 85 feet.
Helena boys track
The Helena boys track team had a few individuals who excelled vs. CMR and Butte in Great Falls. Aidan Brus captured first in the 300 meters with a time of 44.12. Bengals' pole vaulter Wyatt Rightnour finished first with a height of 11-6.
Helena girls track
Emily Maes finished first in the 100 with a time of 13.34. Odessa Zentz finished first in the 800 with a time of 2-18.17.
Distance runner Kylie Hartnett finished first in the 1,600 with a time of 5-23.75. Kately McKay captured first in the 3,200, recording a time of 12-22.48.
Rachel Plaster recorded a time of 51.89 in the 300. Summer Unger finished first in the pole vault at 10-7 and Elizabeth Heuiser finished first in the triple jump, recording a distance of 35-3.
Townsend boys track
Townsend track star Kameron Rauser experienced success at the Choteau Open Saturday in Choteau. Rauser placed first in the 200 and 400, recording a times of 24.10 seconds and 52.11. Rauser also finished first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.77 seconds.
Bulldog runner Louis Ingalls captured first place in the 1,600 and 3,200. Ingalls recorded a time of 4-58.42 in the 1,600, and 11-15.44 in the 3,200.
Tyson Racht finished first in the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.31 seconds.
The Bulldogs captured first in the 4X100 relay and the 4X400 relay team. The 4X100 team consisting of Evan Berg, Rauser, Stewart and Aaron Geisser finished first in 46.35.
The 4X400 meter relay team consisted of Racht, Louis Ingalls, Tommy Stewart, and Zane Newman. They recorded a first-place time of 3-49.14.
Townsend girls track
Sarah Christensen captured first place in the 1,600 Saturday at Choteau. Christensen recorded a 6-9.92. Bulldogs thrower Nicole Smith won the discus with a throw of 110-3 inches.
College of Idaho claimed the second doubleheader and swept the weekend series against the Carroll College on Saturday in Caldwell, Idaho. COI (32-8, 21-5 Cascade Collegiate Conference) won 2-0 and 3-0 on the day.
Juniors Brooke Yarnall and Ali Williams each went 2-for-3 at the plate in the first contest for the Saints (14-21, 7-14 CCC). COI put up nine hits in the first game, breaking through with a run in the third inning after Marissa Maddox hit a double to left center.
Two Carroll College track athletes hit the NAIA A-Standard, while another earned the NAIA B-Standard and many saw personal records on Saturday at the Montana Open in Missoula.
Freshman Noah Majerus of Lewistown, earned the NAIA A-Standard in the 800, improving upon his time a week ago. Majerus ran 1:52.39 and took first in the race. Sophomore Garrett Kocab of Phelan, California, earned the NAIA A-Standard in the discus, heaving it 161-3 to take second in the event.
Senior Keaton Brady of Great Falls earned the NAIA-B Standard in the pole vault, going 15-foot-3 in to place third.