GREAT FALLS — After seeing its 33-game win streak come to an end at the hands of the crosstown rival last week, the Great Falls High softball team returned the favor this week, defeating Great Falls CMR 3-2 on Thursday.
The Bison, who also swept a doubleheader with Butte last Saturday, were held scoreless for much of the game behind a dominant pitching performance by Rustler pitcher Madi Moore.
Great Falls High head coach Mike Coleman liked his team’s response after losing to CMR last week.
“Losing a crosstown game is hard on them. I don’t know why it is more than any other, but it is. They’re ready to play now,” Coleman said. “We hit weaker pitching really well. Madi is just one of the toughest in the state, and you’ve got to beat her, and we just got lucky and did (Thursday).”
CMR started the scoring in the third inning when Megan Toplovich lined a single into left field that scored Moore. Teagan Taylor added a solo home run in the fifth to put the Rustlers up 2-0, but they wouldn’t score again.
The Bison bats woke up in the bottom of the sixth. Two Rustler errors and a timely RBI single by Shea LaRocque put Great Falls High up 3-2.
In the top of the seventh, Bison pitcher Anna Toon set down the Rustlers in order, securing the win.
The win brings Great Falls High to 16-1 overall and 11-1 in Eastern AA play. CMR falls to 9-8 overall and 6-6 in conference. Both teams close out the regular season hosting the three Missoula schools on Saturday, May 11.