Rosters for the 6th Annual Veterans Memorial Softball Classic were announced Saturday and four members of Belgrade’s state championship team were among the selections.
Seniors Olivia Cook and Erin Elgas, junior Kenna Thomas and sophomore Maddisen Tomasetti will represent the Panthers. Cook and Elgas will compete for the Army team, while Thomas and Tomasetti will play for the Marines.
The two-day tournament will be held Aug. 2-3 at the Belgrade Softball Complex, and will feature five teams and nearly 60 of the state’s top prep players.
Cook, Elgas and Tomasetti earned All-State honors this past season, while Thomas was a first team all-conference selection. The quartet helped the Panthers post a perfect 23-0 record en route to winning a third consecutive State A championship.
Elgas, who will play college ball at Brown University, finished with a 17-0 record in the circle. She was named the MVP at state after tying the record for the most strike outs in the tournament with 40.
Cook, who batted a team-best .615 at state and belted three home runs, finished with a team-best nine home runs.
The Army team also features pitcher Addy Hultgren, who led Huntley Project to the Class B/C title this past season. Manhattan’s Randy Cygan will coach the team along with assistants Dennis Elgas and Jack Gabrian.
Great Falls, which won the Class AA championship, will be represented by Sarah Conway and Rachel Porter on the Marines. The team will be coached by Plains/Hot Springs’ Michelle Bangen.
6th Annual Veterans Memorial Softball Classic
(Belgrade Softball Complex, Aug. 2-3)
Captain Matt Saltz Army Team
Kylee Pittman, Beaverhead County
Erin Elgas, Belgrade
Sage Vanterpool, Glacier
Kinzee Peterson, Havre
Raquel McAuliffe, Custer County
Samantha Bradeen, Libby
Kassidy Yeoman, Florence-Carlton
Oliva Cook, Belgrade
Danielle Zahn, Florence-Carlton
Taylor Huff, Butte
Hannah Fetters, Cut Bank
Addy Hultgren, Huntley Project
Head coach: Ryan Cygan, Manhattan. Assistants: Jack Gabrian, Dennis Elgas.
2nd Lieutenant Robert McCormick Air Force Team
Jazmine Spotted Bear, Cut Bank
Nicole Ames, Helena Capital
Kaylanna Desjarlais, Polson
Sarah Bury, Helena Capital
Britt Tierney, Butte
Paige Noyes, Polson
Jenna Priddy, Helena Capital
Vanessa Walsh, Helena
Sara Sumer, Huntley Project
Natalie Edgar, Hardin
Cassidy Venner, Billings Senior
Head coach: Jim Vaile, Browning. Assistants: Mistee Ridesatthedoor, Brian Harrell.
Lieutenant Jack Rittichier Coast Guard Team
Demi Uffelman, Hardin
Kya Egan, Colstrip
Lauren Archie, Helena Capital
Haileigh Davis, Shepherd
Whitney Durocher, Conrad-Choteau
Ashlynn Nixon, Corvallis
Allee Meyer, Glacier
Sophia Doyle, Hamilton
Trista Cowan, Columbia Falls
Kassidy Kinzie, Plains/Hot Springs
Ally McMillan, Helena Capital
Addy Labrum, Glacier
Head coach: Jack Foster, Flathead. Assistant: Shawna McDonald.
Seaman First Class Carl Charles Lapp Navy Team
Avery Escobar, Eureka
Jessica Morgan, Fergus
Kynzie Mohl, Glacier
Kasey Jones, Huntley Project
JJ Slater, Great Falls CMR
Jensen Keller, Billings Senior
Reagan Frantz, Park
Kayla Hickethier, Missoula Loyola
Grace Hardy, Missoula Sentinel
Taylor Garren, Frenchtown
Autumn Porter, Custer County
Sydned Jackson, Plain/Hot Springs
Head coach: Murrey Selk, Custer County. Assistant: Holly Selk.
Sergeant Trevor Johnson Marines Team
Macao Jackson, Ronan
Claire Bagnell, Frenchtown
McKenna Bessette, Missoula Loyola
Azia Umphrey, MAC
Rachel Porter, Great Falls
Kelly Feller, Hardin
Maddie Tomasetti, Belgrade
Macy Mangold, Fergus
Mikalyn Brickley, Hamilton
Cassidy Moen, Frenchtown
Sarah Conway, Great Falls
Kenna Thomas, Belgrade
Head coach: Michelle Bangen, Plains/Hot Springs. Assistant: Dani Walker.