HELENA — The Billings Skyview softball team defeated both Helena Capital and Helena High in Helena on Friday, but the victories didn’t come without drama.
In Skyview’s opening game against Capital, the Falcons and Bruins were tied at three headed into the seventh inning. With a runner on, Kaylee Kannegiesser was able to push N Beck across the plate on an error by Capital shortstop Madison Davis. Kannegiesser then came around to give Skyview a 5-3 lead on a sacrifice fly to right by Hannah Hoffarth.
Capital would score with two outs in the bottom of the seventh on a single by S Bury, but a strikeout would end the game and give Skyview the 5-4 win.
Hoffarth was 1-2 with two RBI. Shea Earley pitched a complete game for Skyview, giving up seven hits, four runs, while striking out four batters.
The Falcons needed extra innings to beat Helena High in their second game of the day, but Kannegiesser again delivered the knockout blow. With two outs and no one on, Kannegiesser blasted a home run to center field to put Skyview ahead for good, 2-1. Helena would get a runner on base but did not threaten in the bottom of the inning.
Piper Chartier was magnificent on the mound for Skyview against Helena, going seven innings, striking out four and giving up just one hit — a solo home run to Vanessa Walsh.
Kannegiesser was 3-4 with a pair of solo home runs.