BUTTE - Two wins down, two to go.
The Hamilton Broncs moved into the undefeated semifinal with a 3-0 blanking of Laurel in the winners' bracket at the state Class A softball tournament Friday at the Copper Mountain Sports Complex.
The Broncs (21-3), who entered last year's state tournament undefeated but didn't place, will meet Billings Central (18-3) for a trip to the championship round Saturday at 9 a.m.
The Rams advanced by knocking off Western A champion Libby 4-2.
Two-time defending state champion Polson (24-2) won three games to advance in the losers' bracket. The Pirates will square off Saturday at 9 a.m. against Butte Central (16-8), which also won three loser-out contests Friday. The winner of that game will play the Hamilton-Billings Central loser at 11 a.m. for the second spot in the finals, which begin at 1 p.m. Saturday.
n Hamilton 3, Laurel 0: Junior Melodee Mildenberger pitched the Broncs to within a game from the championship with a one-hit shutout.
Jenna McCartney went 2-for-3 with a double and hot-hitting catcher Vanessa Wood went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Broncs. Mildenberger and senior Cheyanne Marcy drove in Hamilton's other two tallies. Marcy doubled in her 1-for-3 performance.
The Broncs knocked out seven hits against Locomotives hurler Kaity Stever, who took the loss.
Stever singled for Laurel's lone base hit.
n Billings Central 4, Libby 2: Lesley Dobson surrendered three hits as the Rams remained undefeated in the tournament.
Kayla Webster homered, doubled and went 4-for-4 to lead Billings Central. She was just a triple away from the cycle.
Keriann Lynch went 3-for-3 with a double and a homer, combining with Webster to collect seven of the Rams' eight hits.
Mandi Foss went 2-for-3 with a double for Libby.
Junior pitcher Jodi Gillan took the loss for the Loggers.
Polson 5, Libby 4: The Pirates continued a two-year tradition of advancing through the losers' bracket, led by Charmel Burke's three RBIs.
Burke doubled and hit a home run in her 2-for-3 outing.
Ashley Woldstad went 2-for-3 for the Pirates as Brigit Johnson scattered nine hits in the complete-game victory.
Libby got a pair of doubles and two RBIs off the bat of senior Danielle Armstrong. Catcher Taryn Blaz was 3-for-4 with a double and a run driven in for the Loggers.
Gillan was the tough-luck loser for the Western A Loggers, who ended the season 17-7.
n Polson 16, Corvallis 2: A five-run inning and a two-hitter by Johnson helped the Pirates win a loser-out contest, limited to six innings due to the 10-run margin rule.
The Pirates scored in every frame after the first inning as Johnson struck for four RBIs and 4-for-5.
Burke drove in three and went 2-for-5 for Polson, while teammate Keeley Torgison was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Center fielder Strohm Fouty doubled, drove in a run and was 2-for-5.
Amber Wilson, who was relieved by Laurie Garber in the fourth, took the loss for Blue Devils, who saw their season end at 13-12.
n Butte Central 3, Ronan: Kate Shovlin was a one-girl wrecking crew as the Maroons ended Ronan's season.
On the mound, Shovlin yielded just three hits to get the win. On offense, Shovlin went 2-for-3 with a triple from her leadoff spot.
Catcher Jordan Kambich also went 2-for-3 for the Maroons.
Ronan, which played its best ball late, watched its campaign end at 7-17.
n Polson 5, Columbia Falls 1: The Wildkats out-hit Polson, but committed three errors and Burke took care of the rest.
Burke tossed a six-hit complete game for the Pirates and had an RBI double in the contest.
Kdee Meidinger singled and drove in a run for Polson in the first of the Pirates' three loser-out games.
Chelsie Jolley drove in the lone run for Columbia Falls, which completed its year 6-14.
n Ronan 4, Whitefish 3: The Maidens held off a seventh-inning rally to beat Whitefish in a loser-out game.
Kayla Couture took a comfortable 4-1 lead into the top of the final frame before the Bulldogs touched her up for a pair of runs. Couture allowed five hits and the Ronan defense played errorless defense behind her.
Charlee Cordier and Leslie Anderson led the Ronan offense, each going 2-for-3.
Whitefish, which ended the season 13-8, received doubles from Sara Drollman, Carrie Biolo and Heather Hintze.
n Corvallis 8, Belgrade 3: Meghan May went 2-for-3 with a triple and a double as Corvallis toughed out a win in a loser-out game.
Leadoff hitter Jayme Champion went 3-for-4 for the Blue Devils and teammate April Bruce was 2-for-3.
Wilson got the win on the hill for Corvallis.
Jen Smith cranked out a pair of doubles for Belgrade, which ended the season 13-9.
Hamilton 3, Laurel 0
Laurel 000 000 0 - 0 1 1
Hamilton 011 010 x - 3 7 0
Kaity Stever and Megan McLeod. Melodee Mildenberger and Vanessa Wood. W - Mildenberger. L - Stever.
LAUREL - Kiley Myers 0-2, McLeod 0-3, Tiff Saatzer 0-3, Ton Saatzer 0-3, Lisa Kimmett 0-2, Dani Fischer 0-2, Stever 1-3, Whitney Newman 0-3, Anji Nuss 0-2.
HAMILTON - Jenna McCartney 2-3, JoJo Johnson 0-2, Mildenberger 1-3, Wood 2-3, Ashley Eckhardt 1-3, Katie Boucher 0-2, Carly Baer 0-2, Cheyanne Marcy 1-3, Korrie Gover 0-2.
2B - McCartney, Marcy. RBIs - Mildenberger, Wood, Marcy.
Billings Central 4, Libby 2
B. Central 010 101 1 - 4 8 1
Libby 100 010 0 - 2 3 1
Lesley Dobson and Christian Goes Ahead. Jodi Gillan and Taryn Blaz. W - Dobson. L - Gillan.
BILLINGS CENTRAL - Jillian Rigg 0-4, Chelsi Diedrich 0-4, Kayla Webstaer 4-4, Fray Bustos 0-3, Keriann Lynch 3-3, Dobson 0-3, Jamie Delao 0-3, Deana Prindle 1-3, Goes Ahead 0-2.
LIBBY - Mandi Foss 2-3, Nicole Rowan 0-3, Blaz 0-3, Danielle Armstrong 0-3, Anna Byrnes 1-2, Rachelle Moeller 0-2, Sara Lawrence 0-1, Erin Bothman 0-3, Janessa Hurtig 0-3, Jill Robertson 0-2.
2B - Webster, Lynch Foss. 3B - Foss. HR - Webster, Lynch.
Polson 5, Libby 4
Libby 102 010 0 - 4 9 2
Polson 011 012 x - 5 8 1
Gillan and Blaz. Brigit Johnson and Jenni Nesladek.
LIBBY - Foss 2-4, Rowan 1-3, Blaz 3-4, Armstrong 2-2, Byrnes 0-3, Moeller 1-3, Bothman 0-2, Hurtig 0-3, Robertson 0-3.
POLSON - Strohm Fouty 0-3, Kdee Meidinger 1-3, Charmel Burke 2-3, Johnson 1-3, Keeley Torgison 1-3, Crystal Cornett 0-2, Ashley Woldstad 2-3, Kelsey Noble 1-2, Tami Bonkowski 0-2.
2B - Armstrong 2, Blaz, Burke. HR - Burke. RBIs - Burke 3, Armstrong 2, Blaz, Torgison, Noble.
Polson 16, Corvallis 2
Polson 023 425 - 16 19 3
Corvallis 000 200 - 2 2 5
Johnson and Nesladek. Amber Wilson, Laurie Garber (4) and Heather Wofford. W - Johnson. L - Wilson.
POLSON - Fouty 2-5, Meidinger 2-3, Burke 2-5, Johnson 4-5, Torgison 2-4, Cornett 2-4, Woldstad 2-5, Noble 2-4, Bonkowski 1-2.
CORVALLIS - Jayme Champion 0-3, Jenna Tintzman 0-2, Brianna Smith 0-1, Garber 1-2, Sarah Nelson 0-1, Wilson 0-1, Carmen Burdette 0-2, April Bruce 1-2, Ali Messer 0-2, Shanda Bradshaw 0-2, Meghan May 0-2, Beth Weidow 0-2.
2B - Fouty. RBIs - Johnson 4, Burke 3, Torgison 2, Cornett 2, Fouty, Woldstad, Messer.
Butte Central 3, Ronan 2
Ronan 020 000 0 - 2 3 2
Bu. Central 000 030 x - 3 7 0
Candice Starkel and Deserie Krell. Kate Shovlin and Jordan Kambich. W - Shovlin. L - Starkel.
RONAN - Jamie Lake 0-4, Athena Brown 1-3, Sara Drollman 0-3, Kayla Couture 0-3, Bridget Taylor 0-3, Leslie Anderson 1-3, Charlee Cordier 0-3, Krell 1-3, Benson 0-3.
BUTTE CENTRAL - Shovlin 2-3, Meghan Walsh 1-3, Kambich 2-3, Brenna Manion 0-3, Ashley Bair 1-3, Cassandra Franklin 0-3, Jodi Hogart 0-3, Maggie Braun 1-3, Karly Kambich 0-1, Erin Butori 0-1.
3B - Shovlin.
Polson 5, Columbia Falls 1
Polson 102 020 0 - 5 4 0
C. Falls 100 000 0 - 1 6 3
Burke and Nesladek. Kim Pettit and Chelsie Jolley. W - Burke. L - Pettit.
POLSON - Fouty 1-3, Meidinger 1-4, Burke 1-4, Johnson 0-1, Torgison 0-2, Cornett 0-3, Woldstad 1-3, Noble 0-3, Bankowski 0-3.
COLUMBIA FALLS - Shannon Anderson 2-4, Ashely Dunigan 0-2, Jolley 1-3, Pettit 0-3, Linny Ramsey 1-3, Lacey Deist 1-3, Amanda Pruyer 0-3, Heather Cardani 0-2, Colleen Dallmata 1-3.
2B - Burke. RBIs - Meidinger, Burke, Jolley.
Ronan 4, Whitefish 3
Whitefish 000 100 2 - 3 5 2
Ronan 000 301 x - 4 8 0
Christy Blankenship and Katie Hodges. Couture and Krell. W - Couture. - L - Blankenship.
WHITEFISH - Mel Cerra 0-3, Erika Hildner 1-3, Carrie Biolo 1-3, Hodges 2-3, Julia Savage 0-3, Heather Hintze 1-3, Holly Barker 0-3, Lisa Cordi 0-3, Jenelle Conner 0-2.
RONAN - Lake 0-3, Brown 1-3, Drollman 1-3, Couture 1-3, Taylor 0-3, Anderson 2-3, Cordier 2-3, Krell 1-3, Benson 0-2.
2B - Biolo, Hintze, Drollman.
Corvallis 8, Belgrade 3
Corvallis 331 010 0 - 8 13 4
Belgrade 000 200 1 - 3 7 2
Wilson, Garber (4), Wilson (5) and Wofford. Heather White, Shelby Sievert (4) and Adrienne Dues. W - Wilson. L - White.
CORVALLIS - Champion 3-4, Tintzman 0-4, Garber 1-4, Wilson 0-1, April Bruce 2-3, Messer 2-4, Bradshaw 2-4, May 2-3, Bonnie Burke 1-1, Weidow 0-1, Carmen Burdette 0-0.
BELGRADE - Keri Hein 0-2, Ashley Turnquist 1-4, Jen Smith 2-4, Dues 0-4, Alane Moore 0-3, Jess Kallestad 2-4, Trista Bailey 2-3, Collette Russell 0-3, Sievert 0-3.
2B - Smith 2, Bradshaw, Bruce, May, Kallestad. 3B - May.