Rangers survive late rally to overpower Dillon, 10-9
Following a couple tough road losses to Glendive and Glasgow to wrap-up the Lewistown softball tournament on Thursday, the Lady Rangers roared to a strong start after scoring seven runs in the first three innings, paving the way to a 10-9 victory over the Dillon Beavers on Tuesday afternoon in Beaverhead County.
Park coach Sean Daem said the girls came out strong which was something he hadn’t yet seen from his team.
“We hadn’t done that before,” Daem said. “They came out prepared after learning from our last two losses.”
Pitcher Paige Gavne held the Beavers scoreless after two innings from the circle, helping the Rangers stretch their lead 5-0 by the top of the third. Gavne pitched a complete game to earn the win for the Rangers.
Dillon began to chip away at the deficit, scoring eight runs by the sixth inning to tie the Rangers 8-8 in the sixth.
Despite giving up a five-run lead, the Rangers answered right back, scoring two runs and holding Dillon to just one more run to close out the win.
Skye Ingram went 3 for 5 at the plate with two singles and a double and Gavne and Destiny Ingram each went 3-of-4 to lead the Ranger’s offense.
Rangers JV stomp Dillon on the road
With the bases loaded after three-straight walks, Danielle Babcox and Skye Ingram hit back-to-back two-run singles for the Rangers to quickly lead the Beavers 4-0 after the first inning.
Freshmen Ryleah Floyd and Micaela Murphy each had home-run blasts in the third inning to lead the Lady Rangers on a nine-run scoring tear and the Rangers JV team defeated the Beavers by ten-run rule, 16-1.
Ingram held the Beavers to just one run through two innings and freshman reliever Hayleigh Gilliam sealed the victory on the mound for Ingram.
“This was a clean game with domination by the Park JV team,” Park coach Kiera Pattison said. “Our best yet.”
“We are excited to play in our first home game and hope to see a strong showing from the Park High student body and members of the community.”
The Lady Rangers JV play Fergus High School at 3 p.m. on Friday.
But Daem said it was their aggressive effort around the bases that was the difference in the game.
“We did a lot of good base running,” Daem said. “We took advantage of opportunities and even stole home on a couple occasions.”
The Lady Rangers host their Central ‘A’ conference opener against Fergus High School at 5 p.m. on Friday.