The following is a full list of Montana all-state girls’ softball teams and all-conference selections for western Montana as released following the 2015 season.
The lists include players and teams from across all three classifications, AA, A and B-C.
The following is a full list of Montana all-state girls’ softball teams as released following the 2014 season.
That includes players and teams from across all three classifications, AA, A and B-C.
The State AA softball tournament in Great Falls chopped off a day from its traditional three-day format and wrapped up on Friday in an experimental schedule change for 2014.
The MHSA shortened the length of the eight-team tournament to see if 15 games of softball could squeeze into two days without any trouble, said Mark Beckman, executive director of the Montana High Schools Association. ASA tournaments do it all the time, he pointed out.
But should Montana’s state tournaments?
How many pitches is too many for a high schooler?
Well in baseball the un-written rule is 100. Much higher than that and the performance can attract some negative attention and criticism.
For softball players, though, pitch counts aren’t nearly as enforced because of the much less strain placed on the arm during an underhand toss.
That’s lucky for the Hamilton Broncs and senior hurler Brie Clifford.
With the conclusion of Saturday’s championships in the Southwestern and Central A’s and Western B-C divisional softball tournaments, the state tournament brackets for Montana’s three high school sports classifications for spring 2014 are set.
Here are the first-round pairings for each, with tournament play beginning next Thursday in Great Falls and Polson:
Great Falls High and Great Falls CMR were part of the East-West Class AA softball exchange that blew through Missoula on Friday. Each stopped off at the respective Garden City schools for one matchup each in a tripleheader.
And boy did things go well for the Bison and Rustlers.
The Great Falls schools swept all three and again look like the favorites for the State AA title coming up in two weeks with the tournament held in, of course, Great Falls of all places.
If you had to pick a Florence softball player out of the lineup — not the criminal kind, the sporting one — the odds are pretty good you’d have just tabbed a Drozdz.
The Falcons have a rarity on their hands right now with a set of three sisters all in uniform, each of whom is contributing at the varsity level.
The better half of Frenchtown’s batting lineup has already committed to play college sports in the near future.
And no I don’t mean the “better half” as in the better players — although they do seem to be pretty good. By most games’ arrangements so far this spring, the first five hitters in the Broncs’ order have already made commitments to play collegiately.
And here’s the thing: not all of them are even softball players.
After a week of 50- and 60-degree weather throughout Montana, Saturday’s storms struck with vengeance leading to a slew of spring sporting event cancellations across the state.
The following is a (growing) list of athletic endeavors with western Montana interest that were called off or shortened because of snow, rain, cold or some combination thereof:
Some sports are available to students no matter which Montana high school they attend. Others, like softball, can generally be found only at the larger classifications, Class B and up.
That leaves a void for many at smaller schools. Darby is filling one of those holes this spring for its diamond cravers, co-oping with Hamilton for spring girls’ softball.