Future Montana Griz softball pitcher Tristin Achenbach added one more accolade to her already sterling prep career Monday when she was named a second-team All-American by MaxPreps.

Achenbach, a recent graduate of Great Falls CMR, was a two-time Gatorade player of the year who led the Rustlers to a State AA championship in May. That followed two straight State B-C titles while pitching for Conrad-Choteau before her family moved to Great Falls.

The 6-foot righty went 17-1 this spring for the state-champion Rustlers. She ended the season with a 0.23 ERA and totaled 264 strikeouts in 122.1 innings.

She allowed only 27 hits for the year, holding opponents to a .068 batting average. She finished her career with 16 state records, including 19 no-hitters and 1,169 strikeouts.

“She only gave up (four) hits the entire state tournament, and two of those were bunt singles, so she was pretty untouchable,” Montana softball coach Jamie Pinkerton said in a recent press release. "She threw to the quadrant of the zones she wanted, and she showed good poise. Hopefully she’ll be able to bring that to our program and help our staff.”

It's actually Achenbach's third All-America nod. She earned a similar honor for small-school players the past two seasons.

Missoulian Staff