Scrappy Cowgirl team battles to third

Scrappy Cowgirl team battles to third
HAPPY TEAM — The Cowgirl softball team poses for a picture with their third place trophy on Saturday afternoon. They got their ticket punched for a date at the big dance in Anaconda this weekend where the state meet will be held. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
   A tough Cowgirl team battled their way to third place at the divisional meet hosted by Conrad over the weekend.
   Coach Sandy Syvertson’s charges played six games and won four of them on the way to extending their season with a ticket to the big dance in Anaconda this weekend.
   Opening the Eastern B/C Divisional Softball tournament, Conrad drew out Polar for their first assignment.
   Kasey Brownell and her battery mate Olivia Campbell were on the winning end of a shortened contest, 11-1.
   Brownell limited Poplar to three hits. Meanwhile the Cowgirls banged out eight hits led by Kelli Fagan with three.  Her sister Samantha went 1-3 with a triple. Brownell, Kaytlin Fowler, Stephanie Murphy, and Sydney Philipps all had safeties in the contest.
   Playing the third seeded Glasgow Scotties, Conrad, behind Fowler and battery mate K. Fagan, spotted the eastern team a one run lead that held up until the fourth inning when the Cowgirls tied the contest.
   The game stayed that way, tied at 1-1, into extra innings. In the top of the eighth, the Cowgirls got the bases loaded and S. Fagan stroked a two-run RBI single to left and the team came on to win 6-1.
   Fowler, K. Fagan, Taylor Johnson, Olivia Campbell all hit singles. The team committed four errors, but Fowler allowed just three scattered hits for the Scotties who had three errors.
   Next up for the team was a game with eventual divisional winner Stillwater (Columbus).
   Conrad suffered an 8-2 loss and could not capitalize on eight errors that Columbus players committed.
   The Cowgirls had four hits, and two errors.
   Philipps went 1-3, S. Fagan the same with a triple, and Fowler was 2-3.
   Now in loser out play, Conrad next faced up with Colstrip.
   The Cowgirl bats roared into life as nine players pounded out 19 hits and put 18 runs across the plate while the Colstrip batters were held to two hits and two runs.
   Fowler started the game and Kara Bandow came in to mop it up and give Fowler’s arm a little rest.
   Fowler went 4-5 with two RBIs to help her cause. K. Fagan was 2-4, two RBIs; Murphy 1-4, two RBIs; Brownell 1-4-RBI; Johnson 2-4-RBI; Campbell 4-4, two RBIs; S. Fagan 2-4, three RBIs; Philipps 2-4 with a three-bagger, and Brit Greyn 1-4-RBI.
   Playing the Scotties for a second time, fans saw a game that was a barnburner.
   Conrad opened up with four quick runs, only to see Glasgow answer right back with five of their own. Glasgow went ahead 8—6, a lead they held for two innings.
   The Cowgirls put together nine runs over the final four innings to pull out a 15-8 win.
   The team committed seven errors that Glasgow couldn’t capitalize on while pounding out 11 hits. Glasgow got their nine runs on eights and had one error.
   Fowler went 2-4, Murphy 2-5, Brownell 1-3, Johnson 1-4, Campbell 1-5, S. Fagan 1-5 and Philipps 3-4.
   Bandow started the game, Brownell came in to reliever her and Fowler later took over for Brownell.
   Playing Shepherd, Conrad opened up with a 1-0 lead and that scored stayed that way until the fifth. The fillies scored five runs without the benefit of a hit and came on to win 11-2.
   Conrad got three hits. K. Fagan, went 1-1, Murphy 1-3 and Philipps 1-2. The team committed six errors. The Fillies pounded out 10 hits and had two errors.
   The loss gave Conrad a third place in the tourney.
   Shepherd would lose to Columbus in the championship match.