Following an undefeated season capped by a third consecutive Class A championship, Belgrade’s softball team earned a slew of postseason awards.
Seniors Olivia Cook and Erin Elgas, as well as sophomore Maddisen Tomasetti, earned All-State honors for their efforts in the Central A conference. The trio were also first team selections along with sophomore Kenna Thomas, while senior Madi Kreiger, junior Hazel Eaton and sophomore Kamie Gorrell were named to the second team.
Senior Haylee Curry earned honorable mention honors, while Andrea Folkman was named the coach of the year after guiding the Panthers to a 23-0 record.
Six Panthers also received honors for their effort at the State A tournament. Elgas was named the most valuable player after earning four wins in the circle and tying the record for strike outs in the tournament with 40. That includes a 19 strike out effort in a quarterfinal victory against Frenchtown.
Cook batted a team-best .615 at the plate and belted three home runs, while Kreiger added a pair of key homers as well as the biggest defensive play of the tournament when she robbed a home run from Polson in the title game.
Lanie Morgan was a defensive stalwart at second base, while junior Ellie Milesnick and Gorrell were named to the honorable mention all-tournament team.
Elgas, who will play college ball at Brown University, finished with a 17-0 record. The 17 victories was one shy of tying the single season program mark of 18 set by Lauren Torres in 2009.
Elgas wraps up her prep career with a 38-2 record. Her 38 victories ranks second in program history behind Torres, who compiled 55 from 2007-10.
Cook led Belgrade with nine home runs, which was one shy of the school record of 10 set a year ago by Ty Atwood. She finishes with 21 career homers (Atwood holds the record at 33), and the Panthers finished with 31 dingers as a team.
Belgrade, which moves up to Class AA in 2020, wrapped up Class A with a 42-game win streak dating back to last year. It ranks second in the Montana High School Association record book behind only Butte Central’s 56 consecutive wins from 1999-01.
State A Tournament
Erin Elgas, Belgrade (MVP); Olivia Cook, Belgrade; Madi Kreiger, Belgrade; Lanie Morgan, Belgrade; Lauren Vergeront, Polson; Kaylanna DesJarlais, Polson; Josie Caye, Polson; Jorden Taggart, Hamilton; Sophia Doyle, Hamilton; Claire Bagnell, Frenchtown
Kamie Gorrell, Belgrade; Ellie Milesnick, Belgrade; Lexy Orien, Polson
Kobbey Smith, Polson; Mikalyn Brickley, Hamilton
Olivia Cook, Belgrade; Erin Elgas, Belgrade; Reagan Frantz, Park; Skye Ingram, Park; Macy Mangold, Fergus; Jessica Morgan, Fergus; Kinzee Peterson, Havre; Maddie Tomasetti, Belgrade
First Team Selections
Olivia Cook, Belgrade; Erin Elgas, Belgrade; Reagan Frantz, Park; Skye Ingram, Park; Macy Mangold, Fergus; Jessica Morgan, Fergus; Kinzee Peterson, Havre; Maddie Tomasetti, Belgrade; Kenna Thomas, Belgrade; Sydney Wilting, Havre
Second Team Selections
Peyton Brown, Havre; Hazel Eaton, Belgrade; Kacee Gordon, Fergus; Kamie Gorrell, Begrade; Lauren Kato, Havre; Madi Krieger, Belgrade; Shannon Nelson, Park; Sam Oliver, Havre; Marissa Taylor, Park
Honorable Mention Selections
Janae Boles, Havre; Haylee Curry, Belgrade; Bray Holmes, Park; Hailey Welsh, Fergus
Coach of the Year
Andrea Folkman, Belgrade