Rangers win twice in Fergus

By Thomas E. Watson
Enterprise Staff Writer

 

The Rangers’ bats woke up in a big way on Saturday at a tournament in Fergus, and the Park High softball team won its first two games of the season by beating both Miles City and Glasgow.

The tournament’s first day of games were cancelled because of rain on Friday, but with two chances to play on Saturday, the Rangers won 10-2 over Miles City after beating Glasgow 8-5.

“They were ready to hit, ready to swing the bat,” said head coach Shawm Daem. “I said last week we were going to work on nothing but hitting, and that is what we did. They were more relaxed in the box. They were tentative before. This weekend they were more aggressive and more confident. The three days of hitting practice paid off.”

Contributions at the plate were made up and down the lineup. Meghan Gibson scored twice in both games from the lead-off position. In the first game against Glasgow, Shyann Mushrush scored three runs from the No. 9 position in the lineup.

Alicia Watson scored twice in the 8-5 win over Glasgow as a part of her 2-for-4 day at the plate, which included a double. Ellie Nelson was 4-5 with four singles, scoring the Rangers’ first run of the game in the first inning when she was driven in by Michaela Murphy’s RBI-single.

Park did the majority of their damage in the second and third innings, when it scored five of its eight runs. The Rangers pushed their lead from one to four in the second inning thanks to three runs, scored by Watson, Mushrush and Gibson.

Watson and Mushrush both scored again in the third inning to give the Rangers six runs.

“They all did great,” said Daem. “They all did their jobs, even the girls that didn’t score. The girls that bunted and advanced players did their jobs. As far as up and down the lineup, everyone did what they were supposed to do.”

In addition to the good hitting, Sierra Higgs’ work on the mound, especially in the 10-2 win over Miles City, was a big reason for the team’s turnaround, according to Daem.

“Sierra was hitting her spots really well,” he said. “She wasn’t walking very many batters, and that helps when you don’t have base runners all over the place. Sierra got more comfortable in the circle, and everyone got more comfortable in general.”

Along with Higgs’ work on the mound, Gibson led the way at the plate. She was 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. Gibson opened the game with a single in the first inning, and came around to score — along with Murphy — on Destiny Ingram’s two-out, two-run double to give Park a lead it would never relinquish.

Ingram and Carson Ooley both scored in the third inning on Skye Ingram’s two-run single.

The Rangers batted around in the fourth inning, which started with Gibson’s triple. She later scored on a passed ball, the first of five runs the Rangers scored in the inning.

Fresh off of those two wins on Saturday, the Rangers will welcome Fergus to Livingston for a game tonight at 5 p.m.

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