by Scott Sacry
Several Bitterroot Valley softball teams participated in the Laverne Combo Softball Invitational on Friday, May 13th, and Saturday, May 14th in Butte. Florence-Carlton continued their recent dominance, going 4-0 at the tournament and outscoring their opponents 60-6. On Friday, they beat a solid Laurel squad, 13-0. Florence’s Kylie Kovatch pitched a shutout, struck out 12, and only allowed one hit in the victory. At the plate, Kovatch went 2 for 4 with a home run and 4 RBIs. Also on Friday, they defeated Libby, 15-3. Florence catcher Kasidy Yeoman went 3 for 3 with a home run and 4 RBIs in the victory. On Saturday, Florence made quick work of Browning in three innings, winning 20-0. Florence’s Ava Philbrick led the offense with 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs. They closed out the weekend with a 12-3 victory over the Butte High JV team. In that game, shortstop Kolbi Wood went 3 for 3 with a home run and 3 RBIs.
The Corvallis softball team had a busy and successful week, going 5-1. On Tuesday, May 10th, they beat East Helena, 14-2, on Thursday they beat Stevensville, 18-5. At the Laverne Combo in Butte, they beat Butte Central, 13-6, on Friday. Corvallis’s Kaitlin McCartney went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Also on Friday, Corvallis lost to the Butte High JV team, 0-3. On Saturday, they beat Custer County, 15-1, in three innings. Corvallis’s pitcher Gabby Krueger got the win. In their final game of the weekend, they beat Ronan, 9-4. Jadyn Greenwood went 3 for 3 with a home run, 3 stolen bases, and 3 RBIs. Gabby Krueger also homered at the plate and got the win as the pitcher.