GOOD DEFENSE — Cowgirl senior Taylor Judisch throws out a runner from the shortstop position in play at the Conrad Challenge. Judisch broke her thumb in play at the tournament and may miss the rest of the season. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Columbus, Glasgow, Shelby, Cut Bank and Shepherd, the “Beast from the East,” were here and ready for some action on the fields.
Columbus and Conrad faced off on Friday at 1 p.m. and after a scoreless first inning; Columbus erupted for five runs in the second inning. That would be all they needed, but they added two insurance runs in the fifth and moved one to a 7-1 win.
Cowgirl Morgan Fowler and battery mate Hannah Bowers suffered the loss.
Conrad batters picked up five hits and the team committed three errors while Columbus played an error free game and got six hits.
Rachel Bokma went 2-3, Michaela DeBoo was 1-3 with a triple, and Taylor Judisch went 1-3 with a double an RBI.
Fowler fanned four batters and gave up four walks.
In the afternoon contest, the home girls fell to the Shepherd Fillies, 15-9.
Conrad led briefly 5-3 but Shepherd 10 runs over the first three innings and added five more runs over the last two innings. Conrad rallied back with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, but it wasn’t enough.
Kaylee Taule and her battery mate Emily Harwood suffered the loss. Shepherd got their runs off of nine hits.
They committed three errors. Conrad scored on eight hits and the team had four errors.
Krista Judisch was 2-4 with a run scored, Harwood was 2-3 with two runs and Taylor Judisch had two RBIs.
Taule fanned three batters. The Shepherd pitcher, K. Stringari, helped her own cause, belting a pair of home runs and striking out 10 batters.
Saturday Conrad got a rematch with Shepherd and in an exciting game, rallied for five runs, while trailing 5-8, in the top of the seventh inning to come from behind and win 10-8.
Fowler and battery mate Harwood picked up the win.
Conrad scored their 120 runs on just five hits. The Cowgirls committed two errors.
Shepherd rapped out five hits and had three errors.
K. Judisch went 2-3, with two runs, Genessa Naylor went 1-2 and scored two runs, and Bokma was 2-4 with a run scored. Fowler fanned five batters.
In their final game, the Cowgirls played the Glasgow Scotties and were holding on to a slim 2-0 lead through the first two innings, but the Glasgow girls erupted of 12 runsover the next three innings and took home a 12-5 win.
Fowler and battery mate Harwood suffered the loss.
Conrad got their five runs off of three hits. The team committed five errors. The Scotties collected six hits and had three errors.
Fowler struck out three batters, went 2-4 at the plate with a double in scoring two runs and picking up an RBI. Bokma was 1-3 with a double and two RBIs.
In a bad news note; Cowgirl senior Taylor Judisch broke her thumb on her right hand.
One of the three senior leaders on the team and an anchor at shortstop, she may be lost for the season.
Conrad got snowed out with a game at Cut Bank on Monday. The home girls’ last game on field seven will be with Browning on May 9. The first pitch is scheduled to be thrown at 4 p.m.