GREAT FALLS (AP) - Great Falls Russell battled back through the loser's bracket Saturday to win its fifth straight state Class AA softball title, with a 3-2 victory over Billings Senior.

Great Falls Russell began the day with a 2-0 win over Kalispell, then Billings Senior twice - 3-0 and 3-2 - to retain their title.

Senior Courtney Funderburk was the winning pitcher for Russell in the second championship game, while junior Brittni Funderburk's single in the fifth inning scored the winning run. Teammate Kodi Kuka went 2-of-3 from the plate.

Melissa Dillon went 2-of-3 for Senior.

The championship was the first for the Rustlers without star pitcher-hitter Lindsey Graham, who graduated a year ago and now attends North Dakota State.

Great Falls Russell closed its season with a 20-7 mark, as did Billings Senior.

Kalispell finished third in the tournament after beating Great Falls 3-2 in Saturday's first game. Great Falls took fourth place.

The Bravettes (17-10) matched their best ever state finish. Kalispell scored in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead over Great Falls High.

Shannon Berry drove in two of Kalispell's three runs. Jordan Waverek allowed five hits and struck out nine. Valissa Sneck, Jackie Byrnes and Natalie Luehr had singles for the Bravettes.

In the loss to CMR, Chelsey Lorenz struck out six and allowed just one hit - a double to Julianne Vasichek.

CMR's Courtney Funderburk allowed fired a one-hitter. She struck out six and didn't walk a batter. Steph Lanfear had Kalispell's only hit. CMR scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Loser-Out

Kalispell 3, Great Falls 2

Kalispell 000 201 0 - 3 4 2
Great Falls High 000 200 0 - 2 5 4

Jordan Waverek and Stanhope. Joey Ehnes and Theresa Campball. W - Waverek. L - Ehnes.

KALISPELL - Stanhope 0-4, Sneck 1-3, Burton 0-4, Lanfear 0-4, Berry 1-2, Fleck 0-3, Shandorf 0-2, Kristen Vaughan 0-1, Byrnes 1-3, N. Luehr 1-3.

GREAT FALLS HIGH - Ehnes 2-4, Megan Schmitz 0-3, Campball 1-3, Julie Wilpzek 0-4, Kaila Fowler 1-2, Michela Schmitz 1-3, Kate Sinnott 0-3, Ashley Thatcher 0-3, Ann Poore 0-1, Carrie Conners 0-2.

2B-Ehnes, Fowler; RBIs-Berry 2; Fowler.

Loser takes third

CMR 2, Kalispell 0

Kalispell 000 000 0 - 0 1 1
C.M. Russell 000 200 x - 2 1 1

Chelsey Lorenz and Sarah Stanhope. Courtney Funderburk and Myers. W Furderburk L - Lorenz

KALISPELL - Stanhope 0-3, Valissa Sneck 0-3, Kristi Burton 0-3, Steph Lanfear 1-3, Shannon Berry 0-3, Rosie Fleck 0-2, Natalie Luehr 0-2, Jackie Byrnes 0-2, Lorenz 0-2.

C.M. RUSSELL - Vasichek 1-3, Wankel 0-3, Alexander 0-3, Funderburk 0-2, Robertson 0-2, Reynolds 0-1, Kuka 0-2, Myers 0-2, Lins 0-2.

2B - Vasichek; RBIs - Wankel, Funderburk.

First championship

C.M. Russell 3, Billings Senior 0

CMRl 021 000 0 - 3 4 0

Senior 000 000 0 - 0 4 1

W - Courtney Funderburk. L - Rachel Quarnburg.

Top hitters

CMR - Erin Robertson 1-3, Nikki Alexander 1-2, Brittni Funderburk 1-3, Erin Myers 1-3.

SENIOR - Jenna Haacke 2-3, Sarah Buening 1-3, Ann Thompson 1-3.

Championship

C.M. Russell 3, Billings Senior 2

Senior 001 100 0 - 2 7 4 CMR 010 110 x - 3 8 0

W - Courtney Funderburk. L - Rachel Quarnburg.

Top hitters

SENIOR - Rachel Quarnburg 1-3, Ann Thompson 1-3, Miranda Kephart 1-3, Melissa Dillon 2-3, Jenna Haacke 1-3, Sara Tuomi 1-3.

CMR - Julianne Vasichek 1-4, Christy Wankel 1-3, Nikki Alexander 1-3, Brittni Funderburk 1-2, Erin Robertson 1-2, Kodi Kuka 2-3, Erin Myers 1-3.

2B - Dillon.

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