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Local teams make a splash at softball tournament

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POLSON – Twenty-two girls’ fastpitch softball teams from all over Northwestern Montana battled each other and Mother Nature’s mixed grab bag of weather this past weekend during the 2019 Polson Splash Classic.

Polson Softball Complex played host to the three-day annual fastpitch tournament, which started with on Friday and concluded with a bracketed championship on Sunday.                                 

The Polson Lakers 14U team had a great weekend at the Splash Classic with a championship win on Sunday by defeating the Kalispell Emeralds 10-2. The Lakers went 3-1 in pool action earning the number one seeded spot and a first-game bye in the championship bracket. In the semifinals, the Lakers made easy work of the Frenchtown Fury, 13-2.

Also competing in the 14U were the Ronan Mighty Maidens who had a 0-3 record in the pool games and fell 16-8 in bracket play on Sunday morning to the Bitterroot Sparks.

The 16U/18U Polson Purple Rain finished the tournament with a pool record, 4-0, and posted an 8-1 win against the C-Town Rebels (Columbia Falls) in the championship semifinal. In the Splash Championship against the Frenchtown Fury, the Fury narrowly slipped past the Purple Rain 5-4 for the win.

The 12U Polson Purple Wave split their pool games 2-2 and defeated the C-Town Rebels 11-7 in the semifinals to advance into the championship game against the Bitterroot Sparks. In the championship game, it was the Bitterroot Sparks Dypwick team who won 14-10 over Purple Wave.

In 10U pool action, Mission Valley went 1-1-1, while the Polson Lil’ Lakers finished 1-2-1. Both teams lost their semifinal games, which set up a consolation game match up against the two teams from the valley. It was the Lil’ Lakers who would end up prevailing 10-1 to claim third place. 

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