BOZEMAN – Belgrade’s U10 softball team finished third at the ASA State Tournament held a week ago. The Bitterroot Sparks edged Belgrade 11-10 to advance into the championship game against Missoula Lady Osprey. The loss gave the Wolfpack third place. The Wolfpack won the championship at the Bozeman Blast Tournament held last weekend.
The U10 team wasn’t the only Belgrade squad that had a good weekend at the Bozeman Blast tournament.
The U12 Belgrade team made it a clean sweep to win the championship at the Bozeman tournament. Belgrade’s 16-18 club also won the championship and the U14 team finished third. An error by the U14 squad in a semifinal game costly. The U14 team lost its semifinal game, 7-6.
Belgrade High School softball coach Justin Taylor had the opportunity to coach his daughter, Justine, in the championship win against the Butte Edge, 9-1.
“Justine threw in that championship game and I got to coach her in the last game,” said Justin Taylor. “I actually got to go out and catch her when she warmed up while Taylor Hill put her catching gear on.”
The 16-18 club went through pool play with a win and two ties. They tied with Montana Elite team and with the Butte Edge.
In tournament play the Belgrade squad edged Electric City, 8-6, then came back from a 7-1 deficit to beat the Montana Elite 8-7.
“They played pretty well. The first two tournaments we went to, one in June in Great Falls we lost three right off the bat. Then went won one out of three at the state tournament last weekend,” said Justin Taylor. “Then we finally we must have had enough practices in because we went 4-0-2 over the weekend.”
The team had five Belgrade players, two from Lewistown, one from Billings, one from Bozeman and one from Laurel. So any practice time with thegroup was the tournaments they played together.
In the three tournaments the Belgrade team had five home runs with four of the former Panthers Justine Taylor parking two, Hill, Taylor Johnson, and Morgan Wandler one each. Taylor and Hill had one home run each in the Bozeman tournament.
“It was fun. I still take summer ball way to seriously,” said Justin Taylor. “The girls had a lot of fun, especially the last weekend when they started playing good.”
Belgrade opened state tournament play with a 12-6 victory against the Montana Avalanche Friday, July 6. Belgrade scored nine runs in the third inning to take a 16-5 lead. Alexis Renner led the Wolfpack from the plate, going 4-for-4 with two triples. She also went the distance on the hill, throwing a 1-hitter. Renner struck out six batters and walked seven.
Lanie Morgan had a 3-for-4 performance from the plate with a double. Erin Elgas was 3-for-5 with a double. Samantha Foley was 2-for-4 with a double and triple.
Belgrade came back later that opening round to beat Bozeman 18-12. The teams were tied 7-7 going into the third inning where the Wolfpack pushed eight runs across the plate and holding the Bozeman Stealers to five runs for a 15-2 lead. Belgrade added three more runs in the fourth to the win.
Haylee Curry went 2-for-2 with a double and home run in leading Belgrade. Morgan Brealey was 2-for-3 with a double.
Elgas worked two innings to get the win, striking out five and walking five. Morgan started on the mound, while Renner finished to get the save.
Saturday the Wolfpack hammered the Mining City Magic 20-8 to advance into the undefeated semifinal game against the Lady Osprey on Sunday.
Belgrade scored six runs in the second and six more in the third inning for a 12-2 lead. The Wolfpack scored seven runs in the sixth to break open the close contest. Belgrade held a 13-8 lead on the Magic going into the sixth.
Renner went the distance to get the win, her second in the tournament. She put 11 Mining City Magic batters down strikes, walked six and tossed a two-hitter.
Morgan went 5-for-5 from the plate with three doubles, Elgas was 3-for-4 with a double, and Curry 3-for-4 with a double.
The Lady Osprey held an 8-0 lead going into the third inning where both teams scored two runs. Belgrade added another run in the fourth and one more in the fifth, but that wasn’t enough as the Missoula team pushed two runs across the plate in the fifth for a 12-4 win.
Renner worked two innings on the hill, scattering eight hits. Elgas also work two innings.
Missoula outhit the Belgrade squad 11-4 Sunday.
Belgrade and Bitterroot scored six runs each in the second and two more each in the fourth. But it was the Sparks getting the win, scoring three runs in the fifth and holding Belgrade to two runs.
At the Bozeman tournament the Wolfpack defeated Livingston 24-9 and Electric City Hear 16-9 in pool play. They also tied with Bozeman 6-6.
Belgrade defeated Livingston 10-6 in a semifinal game, then slipped past the host Bozeman Stealers for a 3-2 victory for the championship.
Renner went the distance to kick the win, striking out 15. Renner went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double. Ellie Milesnick went 2-for-2 and her courtesy runner, Audrey Maroney, scored the winning run on a single from Morgan in the fifth inning. Elgas went 3-for-4 with a double.
In the victory against Livingston the Wolf pack scored six runs in the second inning for an 8-1 lead. Livingston scored five runs in the bottom of the four inning to get to within four, 10-6. Elgas, Morgan, and Renner all went 2-for-3 from the plate. Samantha Foley had a double for the Wolfpack.
In the pool play win against Livingston the Belgrade club scored 12 runs in the fourth inning to take a 15-run win. Renner went 4-for-4 with a double, Morgan was 4-for-5 with a double, and Madison Krieger wen 3-for-3 with a double. Foley had six strike outs and Hazel Eaton four.
Renner had 12 more strike outs in the tie with Bozeman.
Kenna Thomas went the distance in the win against Electric City. She struck out seven batters.