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Libby Loggers softball enjoys home-opening win over Eureka

by SCOTT SHINDLEDECKER
The Western News | April 2, 2024 7:00 AM

The Libby Loggers softball team home opener was a success with the hosts beating Eureka, 12-2, in six innings Thursday evening at Remp Field.

The Loggers collected 10 hits, including four for extra bases, and were never truly threatened. Winning pitcher Paislee MacDonald had an excellent game. She was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in. In the circle, she struck out nine Lady Lions, walked just one and allowed only two runs on three hits. None of the runs were earned. Of her 91 pitches, 58 went for strikes.

Eureka scored first in the top of the first, but the Loggers answered back with four runs in the bottom of the frame. Libby added one run in the second inning to make it 5-1.

Aleesha Bradeen also knocked in two runs while smashing a home run in Libby’s six-run fifth inning that broke open a 5-2 game. Bradeen walked twice. Rachel Kosters was 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles, one RBI and she scored twice. Catcher Dakota Allen was also 2-for-3. She scored three runs.

Jossalyn White had a double and knocked in a run while leadoff hitter Maddy Vincent walked twice and scored twice. Jacey Wilson and Mylie Rayome each had one hit and one RBI.

Libby (1-1) opened the season in Frenchtown with a loss on March 23. But the Loggers were off and running with a four-run first inning to erase an early 1-0 deficit.

Libby returns to action today against Flathead. The junior varsity game begins at 3:30 p.m. and the varsity at 5:30. The Loggers will host Whitefish at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. There is no junior varsity game.

    Libby's Aleesha Bradeen rounds second base after hitting a home run on Thursday, March 28, against Eureka at Remp Field in Libby. The Loggers won 12-2 in six innings. (Scott Shindledecker/The Western News)
 
 
    Libby's Dakota Allen (8) is congratulated by teammate Madison Vincent (10) on Thursday, March 28, after scoring a run against Eureka at Remp Field in Libby. The Loggers won 12-2 in six innings. (Scott Shindledecker/The Western News)
 
 
    Libby's Jacey Wilson takes a big swing on Thursday, March 28, against Eureka at Remp Field in Libby. The Loggers won 12-2 in six innings. (Scott Shindledecker/The Western News)
 
 
    Libby's Maddy Vincent fouls off a pitch on Thursday, March 28, against Eureka at Remp Field in Libby. The Loggers won 12-2 in six innings. (Scott Shindledecker/The Western News)
 
 
    Libby's Lyndee McElmurry swings away on Thursday, March 28, against Eureka at Remp Field in Libby. The Loggers won 12-2 in six innings. (Scott Shindledecker/The Western News)