Prep softball: Lady Rangers top Laurel, fall to Glendive, Glasgow


Rangers pitcher Paige Gavne whips the ball across the plate during the Lady Rangers season opener against the Columbus Cougars on Saturday, April 1 in Columbus. Photo by Meadow Ingram.
By: 
Jordan P. Ingram
Enterprise Staff Writer

Early in the season, the Park High softball team was red hot and rolling after posting a convincing victory over Columbus last week. And with plenty of time to rest and prepare for the two-day round robin tournament in Lewistown, the Lady Rangers came out firing on all cylinders. 

Lead-off hitter, Park High sophomore Skye Ingram, kicked-off tournament play with a home run in her first at-bat, adding another bleacher shot in the top of the seventh inning to help seal a 15-7 victory for the Rangers over the Laurel Locomotives on Thursday at Fergus High School in Lewistown. Ingram finished with four hits, including two home runs and a double. 

Park coach Sean Daem was excited to see such explosive results right out the gate from Ingram and the rest of his team.

“I just thought to myself, too bad nobody’s on base,” Daem said about Ingram’s first-inning home run. “Skye is our lead-off hitter because she has the highest on-base percentage. She makes great contact, it’s just natural for her.” 

After three innings, the Ranger trailed Laurel, 4-3, before the Ranger’s offense took control of the game. Paige Gavne helped prevent the Locomotives from developing a head of steam and led a five-run scoring burst after clearing the bases with a bazooka shot over the center field wall in the top of the fourth inning for the Rangers to retake the lead, 8-4. 

Park added three more runs in the fifth, stretching its lead, 11-5. 

Following a strong opening series against Laurel, the Lady Ranger’s energy began to wane into the second day of the tournament, losing to Glendive 16-6  and Glasgow, 17-2. 

Daem said the games against the Scotties and the Red Devils revealed the Rangers’ youth and their lack of depth in the bullpen.

“We got tired on the second day of the tournament,” Daem said. “We need to get our pitchers more conditioned to throw longer, but we got a chance to play against some really good teams.”

Up next

The Lady Rangers travel to play Dillon at 3 p.m. on Tuesday in Beaverhead County.

 

Rangers JV defeats Huntley Glendive at Fergus tourney

Michaela Murphy hit a three-run double in the second inning for the Lady Rangers JV softball team to hold on to defeat Huntley project 12-10 in the first game of a round robin tournament at Lewistown on Thursday. Hayleigh Gilliam earned the win from the circle after Skye Ingram closed out the game for the Rangers. 

Park High went on to battle Glendive in a tight, back-and-forth match before Ryleah Floyd and the Rangers capitalized on aggressive base running and smart offense to take a 7-6 in the fifth inning. Floyd led with a double and a triple for Park. The Rangers tacked on two more runs and held off the Red Devils in the final inning to defeat Glendive, 9-6. Pitcher Skye Ingram earned the win after an impressive 1.38 ERA from the mound. 

The Rangers fell in the nightcap game to Miles City, 14-10.

Park coach Kiera Pattison said the Rangers held their own and kept working hard to comeback and win big games.

“This was a great game for the girls because we had not yet faced the adversity of being behind,” Pattison said. “The team did not walk-off the field after the final game defeated, but excited about the great things they did accomplish.”

Up next

The Lady Rangers JV squad will play Dillon on the road at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in Beaverhead County.   

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