TWO CHAMPS — Cowgirl senior and first team selection to All State, Rashelle Johns gets a congratulations from Coach Sandy Syvertson at the state meet in Anaconda after getting a base hit. Syvertson is stepping down as head coach after almost 18 years. He guided the team to a fourth place finish at the ‘big dance.’ Photo for the I-O by Jason Silvernale
While all the games at this stage of the post season are important, you really don’t want to drop that opening contest and right away have to fight back through the bracket to be a contender.
In a close contest with the Ronan Maidens on Thursday afternoon, the home ladies squeaked by with a 7-5 win.
Both teams pushed across runs in the first inning. But the Cowgirls trailed 5-3 after four innings.
The ‘never say die’ team came back to score two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to secure a first round win. The Cowgirls were helped by four errors committed by Maidens.
Seniors Rashelle Johns and her battery mate Devon Rauscher picked up the win. Johns gave up five runs on eight hits. She had five strikeouts and issued two walks.
The home girls collected eight hits and had just two errors.
Senior Erica Grubb went 2-3 with a double and two runs scored at the plate, Johns was 1-4, senior Brittany Greyn was 1-4, Rauscher 2-4, Taylor Judisch 1-4 and Rachel Bokma 1-1.
Next up for the team were the Glasgow Scotties. Conrad suffered a 14-8 loss with Johns and battery mate Rauscher taking the loss.
Grubb was 1-5 at the plate, DeBoo 1-2, Johns 0-3, Greyn 1-4, Rauscher 0-1, Judisch 2-3, Fowler 0-4, Gabby Drishinski 1-4 and Bokma 1-4. The Cowgirls scored eight runs on eight hits and eight walks.
This set up a match with rival Shelby, the loser coming home. Due to weather and darkness, the game was called while it was tied at 6-6 and to be picked up on Friday.
Conrad came back with a vengeance and sent the Lady Coyotes packing in taking a 15-6 win.
Johns and Rauscher took the win.
Conrad had 15 runs on nine hits and committed two errors. Shelby got their six runs off of seven hits and didn’t help themselves, committing four errors.
Grubb went 1-4 with a three run homer,, DeBoo 0-2, Johns 2-2, Greyn 1-3, Rauscher 1-4, Judisch 2-5, Fowler 1-4, Bokma 0-4 and Jackie Miller 1-4.
Playing next against Mission, the home team built a 3-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, only to have Mission come back with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
The Cowgirls went back on top 5-4 with a pair of runs in the second. Mission tied the contest with a single run in the fourth and put the game away with four runs in the bottom of the fifth, posting an 11-8 win.
Conrad ended the season with a good showing and a fourth place trophy.
The team picked up their eight runs off of just four hits and committed three errors.
Mission got their 11 runs off of 13 hits and had two errors.
Grubb, DeBoo, Judisch and Bokma had the Conrad safeties.
Coach Sandy Syvertson, after nearly two decades as head coach of the Cowgirls is stepping down from the post.
For the season, Johns was 13-6 was a first team All State and First Team All Conference selection.
Grubb, Rauscher, Judisch and DeBoo made the All Conference 2nd team.
Fowler was 3-1 with two saves and Kaylee Taule was 1-0. Stepping down from coaching, after almost 18 years, Coach Sandy Syvertson took these ladies to state and a fourth place finish: Seniors Rashelle Johns, Erica Grubb, Brittany Greyn and Devon Rauscher. Juniors Taylor Judisch, Morgan Fowler, and Rachel Bokma. Sophomores Kaylee Taule and Jackie Miller and freshmen Michaela DeBoo, Gabby Drishinski, Jade Breding, Genessa Naylor, and Molly Gianarelli. His assistant coaches were Kim Bender and Nikki Dockter.