Lady Beavers rally to topple Corvallis, 11-9

Dillon’s Lauren Holten handles the bulk of pitching duties for the Dillon Lady Beavers. Holten is shown firing away during Dillon’s win last week over Corvallis. Alison Scott photo


The Dillon Lady Beaver fast pitch softball team won a back and forth battle in Dillon over Corvallis last Thursday and then lost at undefeated Hamilton on Saturday to fall to 4-8 on the season.

Kimee Hritsco-Murray ripped a double and plated 4 runs batted in in a 3-for-4 hitting performance swinging from the bottom of the order to pace Dillon to the 11-9 win over the Blue Devils. Audrey Schurg knocked a pair of doubles and scored 3 runs in a 3-for-4 day at the plate as the pair accounted for half of Dillon’s hits.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Corvallis led 8-5 when Brandi Lovaas ignited a rally with a lead-off single. Shaylee Ericksen reached on a bunt and advanced Lovaas.

With two out, Kenzi Stanchfield hit an RBI single, and Schurg and Hritsco-Murray ripped a pair of two-run doubles to give Dillon the win.

Corvallis put two runners on base in the top of the seventh, and scored one, but Dillon’s defense and the relief pitching of Balie Berriochoa clinched the win. Berriochoa ended the game by throwing out a Corvallis runner at home plate.

At Hamilton, the Lady Broncs smoked three home runs among their 11 hits as they continued undefeated in Southwestern A Conference games. Dillon’s defense shutout the homestanding Broncs after the third inning, but the deficit could not be overcome.

Lauren Holten, Dillon’s staff ace, went the distance in the loss, striking out 5 and walking 3.

“Our defense did the rest by playing solid behind her with only two errors on the day,” said Dillon coach Audrey Schurg. “Offensively, I think every batter in the Dillon lineup was able to hit the ball hard and put the ball in play against Brie Clifford, one of the state’s best pitchers.”

Dillon threatened to score on a few occasions, but Hamilton’s solid defense squashed any momentum with rally ending plays.

Hritsco-Murray and Lovaas each pounded a double in the loss. 

Dillon concludes the conference portion of their schedule with a visit to Stevensville on Saturday and the final home game of the season May 13 against Butte Central. Dillon plays at the Butte Central Invitational, May 16-17 before heading into postseason play.




Dillon hitting – Adranna Pitman 0-2, Kenzie Stanchfield 1-2, Racael Bowe 0-1, Karissa Coppin 0-1, Addie Chipman-Hanson 1-3, Shaulee Ericksen 1-3, Lauren Holtan-Miotke 0-4, Audrey Schurg 3-4, Brandi Lovaas 1-3, Bailie Berriochoa 2-4, Kimee Hritsco-Murray 3-4.

2B – Schurg (2), Hiritsco-Murray. Dillon pitching – Lauren Holten (W) 6 2/3 IP, 9H, 7R, 2ER, 1BB, 1K. Bailie Berriochoa 1/3 IP, 0H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K.



Dillon hitting – Bailie Berriochoa 0-3, Audrey Schurg 0-3, Kimee Hiritsco-Murray 1-3, Lauren Holtan 0-3, Brandi Lovaas 1-3, Shaylee Ericksen 0-3, Addie Chipman -Hanson 0--2, Svannah Hansen 0-2, Kenzie Stanchfield 0-2.

2B – Lovaas. Dillon pitching – Holtan (L) 6 IP, 11H, 9R, 7ER, 3BB, 5K.