MISSOULA — The Montana Avalanche Fastpitch 10U and 14U teams won USA Softball of Montana state titles over the weekend in Great Falls.
The 14U team won its third state title in four years, having captured the 10U title in 2015 and the 12U championship in 2017.
The Avalanche went 5-0 at the 21-team state tournament, outscoring their opponents 73-16. They averaged 16.6 hits per game while posting a .529 team batting average.
Amy Taylor paced the offense with a .727 batting clip, 14 hits and two home runs. Kolbi Wood and Cassidy Schweitzer each hit .600, and Wood had three home runs. Wood, Kylie Kovatch and Kooper Page each had a team-high nine RBIs.
Page led the pitchers, too, tossing 14 innings without giving up a run. The team's pitching staff had a combined ERA of 2.13.
The 14U team is led by head coach Maurice Craun of Florence, and assistants Wendi Wood of Florence, Chad Schneiter of Florence, and Erica Taylor of Missoula.
The 10U team finished the season with a 30-2-2 record in its state-title campaign.
The Avalanche outscored their opponents 30-10 in four games at the 14-team state tournament. Tahina Samuela pitched every Avalanche game at state.
They beat the Belgrade Green 7-6 in the semifinals and 5-3 in the title game after Belgrade advanced through the loser's bracket. Those wins helped the Avalanche avenge one of their two losses on the season.
Before state, they won the Selects Spring Classic in Great Falls, the Missoula ZooTown Classic, the Bozeman Blast Tournament and the Great Falls Electric City Heat Tournament. They placed second at the Capital City Classic in Helena, falling to the Billings Aftershock in the title game.
The 10U team is led by head coach Chad Schneiter of Florence, and assistants Tina Hanninen of Missoula and Jason Bender of Florence.