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Helena Capital edges crosstown rival Helena High 6-5 in conference softball

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For the second time this season, Helena Capital beat crosstown rival Helena High on the softball diamond.

The Lady Bruins eked out a 6-5 victory Tuesday at Mihelish Field in a Western AA conference affair.

“It’s nice,” said Taylor Mathews. “It’s really good that we can help our team and coach and everything. Have fun and stay positive with it. Just don’t get down.”

Capital took a 1-0 lead after the first inning after an RBI by Madi Quick scored Kamrin Rosling. But Helena High responded in the bottom of the second. Jamie Pickens used a 2 RBI double, followed by Sam Holman’s 2 RBI triple to give the Lady Bengals a 4-1 advantage heading into the third.

Capital dominated the inning, scoring a whopping five runs. Mathews connected on a two-run home run to cut the Helena High lead to one. Jaley Priddy added a two-run bomb of her own as Capital took a 5-4 lead. But the Lady Bruins weren’t done.

Rena Belcourt nearly added a third home run in the inning, but the ball bounced off the nylon in right center-field as another run scored. When the dust had settled, Capital held a 6-4 lead.

“We worked on hitting the middle of the ball a lot this week,” said Mathews. “It was good because we came back when we were down. It was good enthusiasm.”

“We were down and it’s a hard place to be but you have to find the energy, come back and take the momentum away from them,” said Toree Rensmon who started on the hill for Mike Miller’s team.

Pickens added a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth to bring the game within 6-5, but Helena High would get no closer. Capital went to closer Shelby Martin to save the victory for the Lady Bruins.

Helena Capital improves to 5-4 on the season. The Lady Bruins will resume play against Missoula Sentinel at 2pm on Wednesday. The two teams were tied at seven in the eighth inning on Saturday before rain caused the game to be postponed. Capital will meet Missoula Big Sky at the conclusion of their game against Sentinel.

“I think it’s prepared us for (Wednesday) a lot,” Mathews said. “I think we’re excited.”

Added Rensmon: “Every win counts and we just have to keep playing hard from here on out.”

Helena High falls to 7-4 after dropping its second-straight game. The Lady Bengals were on a seven game win streak before falling to Big Sky over the weekend. Helena High will travel to Missoula Sentinel Wednesday to make up for the canceled game on Saturday afternoon.

“We feel very fortunate that we get to go play (Wednesday),” said Helena High head coach Ryan Schulte. “It’s a quick turn-around to get our heads off of this one and move on. It’s too short of a season to dwell on losses and that’s what we get to do tomorrow. We get to pick right back up and not have to come to practice. We get to go play.

“We have to go back and find our rhythm, find our rhythm with the bats and in the field. I think we will. I think they’ll respond.”

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