Wildkats clobber Hamilton 17-4 in softball

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Columbia Falls' Taylor Putnam slides into home as Flathead catcher Jayden Russell waits for the ball at Kidsports Complex on Tuesday. (Aaric Bryan/Daily Inter Lake)

The Columbia Falls softball team hit the tar out of the ball, downing Hamilton 17-4 at the Frenchtown Invitational Saturday.

Sydney Hovde, KJ Schweikert and Trista Cowan all homered in the rout.

Hovde had four RBIs, Schweikert and Kaylee Ashe had three, and Cowan had two. Hovde went 4-for-4 and also had a double.

The Wildkats lost a tight game to Libby 6-5. A box score was unavailable.

“We out-hit them,” said coach Dave Kehr. “But we had too many errors.”

Overall, Kehr is pleased with the progress of the team, despite the soggy weather.

“They’re hitting the ball really well,” he said.

The Wildkats were scheduled to play Whitefish at home last Thursday, but it was rained out.

This week they face Whitefish in a doubleheader Thursday. Rain has hampered the schedule to say the least. It rained every day last week.

The Whitefish games are scheduled for 4 and 6 p.m. respectively.

On Tuesday, the Kats walloped Flathead, 11-1. Tessa Cowan clocked a homer in the win.

Columbia Falls 306 125 – 17 14 1

Hamilton 020 020 – 4 5 6

KJ Schweikert, Taylor Putnam (5) and Hannah Freeman. Sky Lopez, Hayley Hudgins (4) and Kelsie Meis. W – Schweikert. L – Lopez.

Columbia Falls – Kaylee Ashe 1-4, Ryley Kehr 0-3, Schweikert 2-4, Savvy Ellis 1-1, Sydney Hovde 4-4, Trista Cowan 2-4, Freeman 0-4, Putnan 2-3, Tori Briscoe 0-2, Kaylene Volkman 0-0, Kennedy Payne 2-4.

Hamilton – Sophia Doyle 0-3, Jacey Hinson 1-1, Caitlin Dillon 1-4, Rachael Ringer 0-4, Mallory McGill 0-2, Rachel Richardson 1-1, Meis 1-3, Tessa Della Silva 0-2, Hudgins 1-3, Lopez 0-0, Chantele Sisson 0-1.

2B – Hovde, Putnam, Payne. 3B – Richardson. HR – Schweikert, Hovde, Cowan. RBIs – Ashe 3, Schweikert 3, Hovde 4, Cowan 2, Payne, Meis, Hudgins.

Col. Falls 000 124 4 — 11 10 0

Flathead 000 000 1 — 1 5 0

KJ Schweikert and Hannah Freeman. Kylee Beccari, Maitland Betts (6) an Jayden Russell.

COLUMBIA FALLS — Kaylee Ash 0-2, Peyton Kehr 4-5, Schweikert 2-3, Syd Hovde 2-3, Trista Cowan 1-4, Freeman 0-4, Taylor Putnam 0-2, Kaylene Volkman 0-3, Torri Brisco 0-1, Katie Murry 0-1, Kennedy Payne 1-3.

FLATHEAD — Jayden Russell 1-2, Riley Chouinard 0-4, Kylee Meredith 0-2, Kaycee Smith 1-4, Beccari 1-3, Kaileigh Denna 1-1, Bailey Nunn 0-1, Betts 1-3, Kyann Devera 0-3.

2B—Kehr, Schweikert. Beccari. HR—Cowan. RBIs—Cowan 3, Schweikert, Hovde, Payne.

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