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HELENA - Billings West claimed the State AA softball crown Friday with a 4-3 victory over Great Falls Russell at the Batch Fields.

West (22-5) advanced to the title round earlier in the day with a 4-3 walk-off victory over Butte in the undefeated game.

The Rustlers won three loser-out games en route to the championship, beating Missoula Big Sky 15-7, Billings Senior 6-4 and Butte 6-3 in the loser-takes-third game.

Senior, which finished fourth, began the day with a 9-1 loser-out victory over Kalispell Glacier.

Billings West 4, Great Falls Russell 3

The Golden Bears scored all of their runs in the bottom of the first and held on to claim the championship.

Caryn Perrigo doubled and went 2 for 3 for West. Kim Adelblue added two singles and an RBI and Taylor Huebner singled and drove in one for the Bears.

Jessyka MacDonald threw a four-hit complete game for West.

Janelle Bates was 2 for 3 with a three-run homer in the top of the seventh for the Rustlers, who ended the season 23-4.

Great Falls Russell 6,  Butte 3

Janelle Bates' three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh gave the Rustlers a walk-off victory in the loser-takes-third game.

Russell was down 3-0 before tying it up on Hailey Rowe's two-run single in the sixth.

Ashley Keeler threw a complete-game, four-hitter to earn the win for the Rustlers.

Calley Bosch was 2 for 3 with a double for Butte, which ended the season 17-9.

Billings West 4, Butte 3

Keela Nedens' run-scoring double in the bottom of the seventh sent the Golden Bears to victory in the undefeated game.

MacDonald struck out 12 in a complete-game win for West and allowed five hits. She also hit a home run in a 2-for-3 effort at the plate.

Alex Thatcher homered and drove in two for the Bulldogs.

Great Falls Russell 6, Billings Senior 4

The Rustlers scored twice in the top of the ninth to post the extra-innings win in the loser-takes-fourth game.

Jade Dyson doubled twice and drove in a pair for Russell. Brittney Robbins was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI for the Rustlers.

Keeler went the distance on the mound, allowing six hits.

The Broncs (17-11) received a 2-for-5 afternoon from Hannah Roberts.

Great Falls Russell 15, Missoula Big Sky 7

The Rustlers scored in every inning in winning their morning loser-out contest.

Remick Ramsey was 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs to lead Russell. Janelle Bates, Caitlin Patee and Amy Anderson each drove in a pair for Russell.

Keeler and Dyson threw for Russell and combined to allow 13 hits.

Jesse Schafer was 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs for the Eagles, who completed the season at 14-8.

Loser out

Russell 312 241 2 - 15 12 1

Big Sky 300 004 0 - 7 13 5

Ashley Keeler, Jade Dyson. Andie Walt, Katie Anderson, Brittani Foshag and Kelsey LaVaute. W - Keeler. L - Walt.

RUSSELL - Jordan Otis 1-4, Alex Lowry 2-5, Keeler 1-3, Jenni Peer 0-2, Remick Ramsey 2-3, Brittney Robbins 0-3, Janelle Bates 2-3, Dyson 0-3, Caitlin Patee 1-3, Haley Rowe 0-1, Amy Anderson 3-3.

BIG SKY - Katelyn Kropp 3-4, Baylee Frost 1-2, Rachel White 3-4, LaVaute 1-3, Kelsey Lucostic 1-3, Jesse Schafer 2-4, Ashley O'Reilly 1-3, Kayla Weishaar 1-4, Kaisha Hollenbeck 0-2.

2B - Lowry, Keeler, Patee, Anderson, LaVaute, Schafer. HR - Ramsey. RBIs - Keeler, Ramsey 3, Bates 2, Patee 2, Anderson 2, White, LaVaute 2, Schafer 3, Weishaar.

Billings Senior 9, Kalispell Glacier 1

Hallie Bishop hit a home run and collected four RBIs as the Broncs survived their morning loser-out contest.

Cassidy Butler doubled and drove in a pair for Senior and Kirstie Thomas singled twice and drove in one.

Thomas threw a complete game and allowed five hits.

Brittany Franklin hit a solo home run for the Wolfpack, who finished the campaign 19-5.

Loser out

Glacier 000 001 0 - 1 5 3

Senior 450 000 x - 9 8 0

Kendra Bouley, Jessie Compton (2) and Brittany Franklin. Kirstie Thomas and Jacey Habets. W - Thomas. L - Bouley.

GLACIER - Anna Costa 1-3, Baylee Quay 1-3, Franklin 1-3, Lyndsey Hoffenbacker 1-3, Abby Connolly 0-3, Sabrina Kenfield 0-3, Zoey Pettit 1-2, Bryttani Knopp 0-1, Shayna Atlee 0-2, Compton 0-2.

SENIOR - Habets 1-3, Hannah Roberts 0-2, Thomas 2-4, Hallie Bishop 1-4, Shae Hoskins 1-4, Cassidy Butler 1-3, Jenna Kaiser 1-3, Jackie Thomas 1-2, Jessi Harmon 1-3.

2B - Costa, Butler. HR - Franklin, Bishop. RBIs - Bishop 4, Butler 2, Franklin, Thomas, Kaiser.

Pairings

State AA tournament

at Batch Fields, Helena

Thursday

Great Falls Russell 0, Helena Capital 0

Butte 7, Kalispell Glacier 5

Billings Senior 12, Missoula Big Sky 3

Billings West 3, Missoula Sentinel 2

Glacier 10, Capital 6, loser out

Big Sky 9, Sentinel 8, loser out

West 3, Senior 2, second round

Butte 2, Russell 1, second round

Friday

Senior 9, Glacier 1, loser out

Russell 12, Big Sky 7, loser out

West 4, Butte 3, undefeated game

Russell 6, Senior 4, loser takes fourth

Russell 6, Butte 3, loser takes third

West 4, Russell 3, championship

 

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