Libby spoils home, season-opener for Anaconda

  
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Erin Chapman slides safely into second after her first steal of the season. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO/Blake Hempstead

Two of the tougher teams in the Western B division met for Anaconda’s home and season-opener at Charlotte Yeoman Martin Sports Complex. Libby proved too tough for the Copperheads, winning 9-4 in a nonconference, early season showdown.

Libby shut down the Copperhead offense in all but one inning, allowing all four runs — all earned — in the fifth. Senior pitcher Khalen Hageness went the distance allowing nine hits while striking out six and walking two.

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Michaela Cortright in the circle for Anaconda. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO/Blake Hempstead

Anaconda’s Michaela Cortright shouldered the loss, allowing four earned with eight strikeouts and 10 walks. Of the 159 pitches she threw, 91 were strikes.

Copperhead shortstop Sydnie Peterson went 2-for-4 with a run scored and sophomore leadoff Erin Chapman went 1-for-3 with a two-run triple that energized the offense in the fifth. Cortright, Johanna Forsberg, Tiffany Rogers and Audrey Forsberg all signed for the ‘Heads as well.

Libby was led by Hageness, Jayden Winslow and Sheyla Gallagher with two hits apiece.

Now at 0-1, Anaconda will be back in action Saturday afternoon at noon at Charlotte Yeoman Martin Sports Complex. Libby improved to 2-0.

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