Renegades split conference games over the weekend

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Mikaela Koski
Thursday, April 11, 2019
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The Stillwater Renegades went 2-1 last week, splitting the two games the team played last Saturday to open conference play 1-1.

Last Thursday, Stillwater hosted the Billings Senior Lady Bronc JV team for a non-conference matchup.

After a quick first inning from both sides, the Renegade bats woke up in the bottom of the second, as Stillwater scored four runs on three hits to take the 4-0 lead.

The Renegades went scoreless the next three innings, while Senior scored one run in the top of the fourth. Stillwater added a run in the bottom of the sixth to extend the lead to 5-1, and the Lady Broncs could only come up with one run in the top of the seventh. The Renegades won the game 5-2.

Stillwater had six hits, one error, and left four runners on base. Senior had similar numbers – eight hits, one error, and four runners left on base.

Leading the Renegade offense was sophomore catcher Sawyer Wiggs. She hit a pair of singles during the course of her three plate appearances, batting in two runs. Junior pitcher Hayley Story went 1-for-2, with one run batted in (RBI) by her single.

Story pitched all seven innings for Stillwater. She faced 27 batters, striking out three (2 looking, 1 swinging) and walking two.

Last Saturday, the Renegades finally got the chance to test the conference waters with a pair of games in Colstrip.

The first game was against the hometown Colstrip Fillies. Despite getting a couple runners on base, Stillwater left the top of the first inning scoreless, and Colstrip answered with a run in the bottom of the inning to go up 1-0 early. The Renegades were able to get one on the board in the second to tie it, but again the Fillies responded, scoring two in the bottom to enter the third inning up 3-1.

Both teams went three-up, three-down in the third, and the Stillwater offense added two hits and as many runs in the fourth to tie the game at three. The Renegades added another run in the fifth and held Colstrip scoreless to go into the final inning up 4-3.

In the seventh, Stillwater added one to the lead with a solo homerun by Wiggs, going up 5-3 entering the final Colstrip at-bat. The Fillies rose to the occasion, scoring three runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to win the game 6-5.

The Renegades racked up eight hits against the Fillies, committed two errors, and left seven runners on base. Colstrip had nine hits, no errors, and also left seven on base.

Senior right fielder Talyn Richard took control for the Stillwater offense, going 3-for-4 (2 singles, 1 double) with two RBIs. Senior Arica Hedges hit two singles during her three at-bats and scored twice; she also recorded the team’s only stolen base. Wiggs went 2-for-4 with a single and a homerun.

Story pitched for the Renegades. Against the 33 batters she faced, Story struck out two looking and walked four.

Following the tough loss to Colstrip, Stillwater faced the Glasgow Scotties.

Richard, the Renegades’ lead-off hitter, opened the game with a homerun, setting the tone for Still-water. The Scotties put up two runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead 2-1, but Glasgow did not hold the upper hand for long.

During the next five innings, Stillwater scored 12 runs – four in the second, six in the fourth, and two in the sixth. The Renegades had 10 hits in that time period, and also walked 10 times.

Stillwater got the job done on the defensive side of the ball, too, holding Glasgow scoreless and allowing only five hits during the last five innings of the game.

Richard had a good game offensively, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Sophomore Renegade Reed Johnson went 3-for-4 with one RBI, and senior Holly Pennington hit two singles throughout her three at-bats with one RBI. Story, sophomore Hailee Kienitz, and freshman Izzy Adams each had one RBI, also.

Pitching duties for Stillwater were again handled by Story. She struck out five (1 looking, 4 swinging) and walked three of the 29 batters she faced.

UPCOMING GAMES

This Saturday, the Renegades will play in two games at the Lewistown Invitational.

Next week, Stillwater has back-to-back home games. The first is a conference matchup against the Huntley Project Red Devils on Monday. Then, on Tuesday, the Renegades host the Billings Central Lady Rams for a non-conference game.

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