GREAT FALLS – Undefeated CMR took on two-loss Great Falls High in a matchup of the two best teams in the Eastern AA. On the mound for the Rustlers was Tristin Achenbach, who had another monster performance. The senior was locked in and struck out 21 batters while only giving up two hits the entire game.
But matching Achenbach strikeout for strikeout for much of the game was Bison junior pitcher Erin Hocker. The game turned into a pitching duel between the two as the game went scoreless through the eighth inning.
But in the top of the ninth, CMR sophomore Madi Moore smacked a Hocker pitch out of the park for a home run. That’s all the Rustlers would need as Achenbach would finish the job on the mound in the bottom of the ninth to earn the 1-0 win. CMR improves its record to 13-0 and GFH falls to 11-3.
“I was pretty happy about (the home run) afterwards, but during it, when she pitched, I was ready for that ball,” said Moore. “I was ready to go. I knew the game was on the line, just got to hit normal and it went away.”
“You can’t get a better pitching duel right there. Those two competed their butts off,” said CMR head coach Lindsey Gustafson. “Tristin just battled pitch after pitch, that’s a really good lineup (for Great Falls High). But I’m really proud of Madi Moore, she made a great adjustment at the plate and that’s probably the best swing she’s had all year. Any win in this conference is good.”
The crosstown rivals will play each other again for Round 2 on May 9 at 4:30 p.m.