HELENA -- The late Roger Rouse of Anaconda was one of Montana's greatest all-time boxers, appearing in two light heavyweight world championship bouts in the late 1960s.
Fifty years later, distant relative Madi Rouse of Capital High was wielding some pretty good punches of her own -- albeit in the form of throwing the softball and hitting it.
In a 12-0 rout over Bozeman at Northwest Park in five innings, Rouse went 2 for 4 at the plate, with a home run and a game-high 4 runs batted in. Defensively, the Bruin senior also pulled off one of the games web-gems from her position in right field.
In the top of the second inning, after CHS took an early 6-0 lead in their first at-bat, Rouse charged in on a soft pop-up to shallow right. She fielded the ball cleanly, fired a pill to first base and nipped the Hawk batter by half a step for the out.
"I was considering going to third (base), but then decided first was easier," she related. "Yeah, people were yelling (for which base), but you just have to do what you've been taught."
In the bottom half of the inning, Rouse laced a 3-run homer over the left field fence, and the hosts scored another 3 in the second frame, for what turned out the be the final margin, at 12-0.
"It was an inside slow ball, and I didn't think it was going to be gone, so I didn't slow down till I hit second base," she said, describing her tater. "I was running until I was told to stop. We're used to hitting off Shelby (Martin), so the slow stuff was confusing."
When asked if she was as tough as her famous pugilistic Anaconda relative, Rouse answered with a grin, "We were raised like that."
Capital remains undefeated on the young season, improving to 7-0 overall. They lead the Western Conference with a 4-0 mark.
The Bruins knocked out 15 hits, from 10 different players. Taylor Mathews went 3 for 3, with a homer, while April Davis, starting pitcher Nicole Ames and Sarah Bury posted two base knocks apiece. Bury rapped a double and drove in 2 runs, and Bury also had two RBIs. Davis and Martin each chipped in with two-baggers.
Ames worked the first four innings, allowing two hits, with two strikeouts and one walk. Audrey Hofer relived the final hitless frame, whiffing two.
"Our pitching has been solid all year, Nicole was in control, and Audrey's just a freshman -- she's a great athlete but inexperienced, so it was good to get her an inning of work," CHS coach Mike Miller said. "What I was most impressed with was how well our hitters adjusted today, (against the slower pitching), much better than over the weekend (in Missoula)."
Hailley Drab sustained the loss for Bozeman, although she did shut out the Bruins her last two innings.
"I'm disappointed, we were just not engaged at all," Hawks coach Troy Hostetler said. "If you're not mentally into the game you won't be able to make the plays. We've got a lot of work to do, no question, but the positive is we have a lot of young players, and we're going to get better as the season goes along."
Next up for the Bruins is the season's second crosstown on Tuesday against Helena High, at Northwest Park, scheduled for 6 p.m.
"I believe the keys for us is to get consistent quality at bats throughout the lineup," said Miller, whose Bruins won the first meeting three weeks ago, 8-3. "Good defense is always important, but we've been very good so far this season as a team. I think Kacie Gross has been especially good at third base."