State Softball: Frenchtown Holds Off Libby, Belgrade to Win Title

By Beacon Staff

The Frenchtown Lady Broncs captured their second consecutive Class A softball championship in Polson on Saturday.

Frenchtown beat Libby earlier that morning, 11-2, and then topped Belgrade 9-2 in the nine-inning title game. Belgrade eliminated Polson earlier in the consolation bracket, 7-5.

At the Class AA state tournament, Billings West topped Missoula Big Sky 3-2 and 2-0 for the championship, the program’s first since 2010. At the Class B/C tourney, Florence won its third straight championship, beating Conrad 10-3.

Frenchtown 9, Belgrade 5 (9)
Frenchtown 230 000 004 – 9 15 1
Belgrade 000 300 200 – 5 10 2
Morgan Ray and Kaylee Prather. Shania Neubauer and Kindall Bethke. W – Ray. L – Neubauer.
FRENCHTOWN – Kayla Blood 3-5, Josie Anderson 1-5, Ray 3-5, Vanessa Stavish 2-5, Keegan Wickman 1-4, Krista Hebnes 1-5, Brooke Yarnall 0-2, Prather 3-5, Emma Pyron 0-1, Laci Willett 0-3.
BELGRADE – Krista West 2-4, Skyla Neubauer 1-4, Jordan Branch 2-3, Autumn Rollins 0-3, Ali Alstrom 1-4, Rylee Cygan 0-4, Bethke 2-4, Judy Taylor 2-4, Shania Neubauer 0-2, Taylor Salsbury 0-1, Maddie Cade 0-1, Jennie Maczewski 0-1.
2B – West, Sk. Neubauer, Alstrom. HR – Prather. RBIs – Ray 2, Prather 2, Anderson, Wickman, Yarnall; Sk. Neubauer 2, Alstrom, Bethke, Taylor.

Frenchtown 11, Libby 2
Libby 002 000 0 – 2 5 2
Frenchtown 201 004 4 – 11 10 2
Hannah England and Devon Gallagher. Ray and Prather. W – Ray. L – England.
LIBBY – Madisen Monigold 1-4, England 0-3, Mahalah Wedel 1-3, Gallagher 3-3, Kelsey Klin 0-3, Auria Benefield 0-2, Devon Germany 0-2, Rachel Rebo 0-3, Staci Regh 0-3, Jordan Turner 0-1.
FRENCHTOWN – Kayla Blood 1-4, Josie Anderson 2-4, Ray 3-3, Vanessa Stavish 1-4, Keegan Wickman 0-2, Krista Hebnes 2-4, Brooke Yarnall 1-4, Prather 0-3, Emma Pyron 0-3, Laci Willett 0-1.
2B – Ray. 3B – Blood, Anderson. HR – Ray 2, Hebnes. RBIs – Hebnes 5, Ray 4.

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