Williams, Wolfpack Roll into State Softball Tournament

Glacier advances to Class AA state tournament next week in Kalispell

By Dillon Tabish
Glacier senior Ali Williams, in white, celebrates with teammates after defeating Flathead in the first game of a doubleheader at Kalispell's Kidsports Complex on May 12. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

Let the title defense begin.

Ali Williams struck out 23 batters in 13 innings as the Glacier softball team swept Missoula Hellgate on May 19 in a best-of-three playoffs series in Kalispell, advancing to this week’s state tournament.

The Wolfpack won 9-1 in the first game and 11-1 in the second at Kidsports Complex.

The Wolfpack advanced to the Class AA state tournament, which will be held at Conrad Complex in Kalispell, May 26-28.

Helena Capital eliminated Flathead in two games last week, defeating the Bravettes 14-6 and 18-4.

Glacier (18-5 overall, 10-2 in Western AA) will open the state tournament Thursday at 2 p.m. against Billings West (13-10, 7-5).

In other opening-round action, Great Falls CMR (19-2, 11-1) takes on Helena (12-11, 6-6) at 2 p.m., Missoula Big Sky (19-2, 11-1) plays Billings Senior (12-11, 5-7) at 4 p.m., and Great Falls (16-7, 8-4) plays Helena Capital (13-9, 8-4) at 4 p.m.

Glacier defeated Big Sky in last year’s title game to win its first championship.

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