4-year Bison starter Conway brings 5 instruments day-after-day


Nice Falls Excessive head softball coach Mike Coleman did not must assume too arduous when requested if he thought-about Bison centerfielder and leadoff hitter Sarah Conway a “five-tool participant.”

“Sure. Sure she is,” the veteran mentor stated. “She will be able to do all of it.  She reads the ball fairly nicely off the bat.

“She hits for energy, she will hit for contact, she’s acquired nice pace, she will discipline her place … and he or she has a heck of an arm, too.”

The senior can be taking all 5 of these instruments to Helena subsequent fall, the place she’ll research bodily remedy in addition to play softball at Carroll Faculty.

However the statistics do not lie: going into Saturday’s doubleheader towards the Bozeman Hawks on the Multi-Sports activities Complicated, Conway was hitting .647 (22-for-34) with a .667 on-base proportion, with three residence runs, 11 runs batted in, a dozen stolen bases, 5 doubles, a slugging proportion of 1.058 and an OPS (on-base plus slugging pct.) of 1.726. She has walked twice and has not struck out this yr (going into Saturday).

In actual fact, in 4 years on the Bison varsity, she has solely fanned 36 instances – 34 of these as a freshman and sophomore. The remainder of these 84-game numbers embody at .442 common, 29 doubles, two triples, 19 dingers, 84 RBI, and 39 steals.

With the glove, she has solely dedicated three errors – all as a freshman – for a profession fielding proportion of .969.

“She is certainly the most effective defensive outfielder I’ve ever seen in women’ fastpitch,” Coleman stated. “And she or he works arduous at it.”

The defending state champion Bison have received 33 consecutive video games, together with all 22 contests final season. Most lately, the Bison hammered Bozeman twice on Saturday by scores of 23-Zero and 23-3.

In 4 years, Sarah Conway has tasted defeat solely 15 instances … all in her first two seasons … and Conway credit Coleman for instilling that “refuse to lose” mentality within the staff.

“We have talked about this as a staff. We do not wish to lose,” Conway stated. “And Coleman retains us to that commonplace.”

Sarah Conway takes this sport very severely. That, too, was instilled early in life by Sarah Conway.

“”When she first began out enjoying with the boys – and I am not saying something about distinction within the sexes – the boys have been in all probability enjoying tougher to indicate her up,” Coleman stated. “And she or he was certain and decided to not allow them to, and I feel it made her work even tougher.”

Conway has loved the ambiance within the Bison dugout: “It is a massive household. That is considered one of our mottos; we care about respect.

“It is good to be round people who find themselves good on a regular basis. That is simply what we’re.”

ANNIE TOON CHUCKED A five-inning excellent sport in Saturday’s opener, placing out simply 5 batters whereas the Bison hung a 20-spot within the backside of the fourth.

On the dish, Toon went 3-for-Four with two double, three runs scored, and an RBI.

Conway drove in three runs with 4 singles, scoring three runs.

Stephanie Jablonski ripped a pinch-hit, three-run residence run in that monster fourth inning, a part of the Bison’s 23-hit assault.

Conway solely had one hit within the nightcap, a two-run homer in a nine-run second inning. She additionally walked as soon as and scored 4 instances in assist of successful pitcher Shea LaRocque, who struck out 4 batters and scattered 4 singles.

Toon and Rachel Porter additionally blasted two-run pictures, whereas Jablonski belted her second of the day. The sport ended after the third inning due to the mercy rule.

The Hawks dropped to 1-Eight in league play, 1-11 general.

SIMULTANEOUSLY, C.M. RUSSELL and Billings West broke even of their twin invoice, due to a walkoff solo homer by Megan Toplovich in sport two that boosted the Rustlers to a 5-Four win over the Bears.

West took sport one 7-1 and stays in fourth place in Jap AA play at 6-Three and 12-3.

Statistics from these video games weren’t instantly obtainable.

The Bison (6-0, 11-0) will face CMR (4-2, 7-4) within the first of two crosstown video games Thursday afternoon at 4:30 at Multi-Sports activities.

Nice Falls Excessive 23, Bozeman 0 (5 innings)

Bozeman 000 00 – Zero Zero 3

GFH 120 (20) x – 23 23 0

W – Annie Toon. L – Hallie Dobie.

Bozeman – Josie Laufenberg 0-2, Kaylie Wiers 0-2, Tess Laufenberg 0-2, Marin Snyder 0-2, Karly Stromsberg 0-2, Abi Mcgee 0-2, Mikayla Davison 0-1, Clara Stroh 0-1, Gabby Klein 0-1.

GFH – Sarah Conway 4-5, Annie Toon 2-3, Kasie Logan 1-1, Morgan Sunchild 2-4, Rachel Porter 2-4, Ryen Palmer 2-4, Mady Ray 2-4, Shea LaRocque 1-3, Stephanie Jablonski 1-1, Kylee Stoll 3-3, Skylar Anthony 1-1, Gracie Lins 2-3.

2B – Toon, Logan, Porter, Palmer, Stoll, Lins. HR – LaRocque, Jablonski. RBI – Conway 3, Logan, Sunchild 3, Porter 3, Palmer 2, Ray, LaRocque, Jablonski 2, Stoll, Lins 2.

Nice Falls Excessive 23, Bozeman 3 (Three innings)

GFH (13)91 – 23 19 2

Bozeman 102 – Three Four 8

W – Shea LaRocque. L – Parker Wemple.

GFH – Sarah Conway 1-3, Annie Toon 3-4, Morgan Sunchild 3-4, Rachel Porter 3-4, Ryen Palmer 1-4, Mady Ray 2-3, Shea LaRocque 1-3, Kylee Stoll 2-4, Stephanie Jablonski 3-4.

Bozeman – Gabby Klein 1-2, Kaylie Wiers 1-2, Tess Laufenberg 1-2, Abi Mcgee 1-2, Karly Stromberg 0-2, Clara Stroh 0-2, Parker Wemple 0-2, Hallie Dobie 0-1, Gracie Ouellette 0-1.

2B – Toon 2, Porter, Palmer, Ray. HR – Conway, Toon, Porter, Jablonski. RBI – Conway 2, Toon 4, Sunchild, Porter 3, Ray 2, Stoll 3, Jablonski; Stromberg.


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