Lady Devils softball squad clobbers Hardin
By Eric Killelea
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
On Thursday, the Dawson County High School softball team defeated Hardin for the third time this season, 19-3.
Senior ace pitcher Carrie Nagle allowed only five base hits, as her teammates racked up 17 hits and scored 11 times in fourth inning to secure the win. Nagle had three hits when at bat. Senior Wyniah Mintz went 1-2, while her classmates Cheyenne Ryan, Taya Torres and Syrell Dufner recorded three RBIs each.
“Everyone hit the ball again,” DCHS head coach Todd Nassz said. “We started seven seniors and two sophomores and because we got on base so often I was able to play a lot of other kids off the bench.”
With the win, the Lady Red Devils (12-4, 9-1) clinched the No. 1 seed and a first round bye for the upcoming Eastern A Divisional Tournament. The team is set to play the winner of the Billings Central vs Sidney game in the semi-finals.
Last season, the girls outplayed conference opponents and played three games at State. They lost to Havre, 5-4; defeated Hamilton in extra innings, 13-9; and lost again to Lewistown, 6-3. Their coaches plan to start Nagle and Mintz, who continue to shut down batters both at home and on the road.
“We’re hoping we’re peaking at the right time,” Nassz said. “We want to bring home the trophy from Divisionals to get a first round bye in the 12-team state championships.”
The DCHS team was scheduled to compete against non-conference teams Cutbank, Browning, Columbia Falls and Butte Central on Friday and Saturday in Butte’s Laverne Combo Tournament. The Eastern A Divisional Tournament runs May 18-19 in Glendive.
Glendive 19, Hardin 3 (4)
Glendive 233 (11) — 19
Hardin 210 0 — 3
WP: Ca. Nagle. LP: A. Uffelman
Hardin: Edgar 0-2, Schneider 1-3, A. Uffelman 0-2, D. Uffelman 2-2, Feller 0-1, Blankenship 0-2, Green 1-2, Dushane 1-1, Proctor 0-2. RBIs: D. Uffelman 2, Proctor. 2B: Green. HR: D. Uffelman.
Glendive: Mintz 1-2, Co. Nagle 3-3, Ryan 2-4, Ca. Nagle 3-4, Torres 2-4, Pearcy 1-2, Fisher 0-1, Dufner 1-1, Skillestad 1-2, Lovato 1-1, Wetz 0-1, Begger 1-2. 2B: Nagle, Ryan 2. 3B: C. Nagle. HR: Dufner. RBIs: Mintz 2, Ryan 3, Torres 3, Dufner 3, Lovato.