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Purple Wave wins 12U Splash Classic Championship

POLSON – Another Polson Splash Classic Softball Tournament has come and gone. It was a wild three days, with no shortage of excitement right down to the final day with three local teams competing in their respective classification championship games.

More than 1,200 parents and fans gathered at the Polson Softball Complex over the weekend to watch 22 team in four ages groups: 16U, 14U, 12U and 10U battle it out to become Splash Classic Champions.

“I think there was a lot of people in town for it,” said event organizer Kelley Druyvestein. “All in all, the tournament went well.”

On Friday evening, valley rivals started things off for the 16U age group. Polson’s Purple Rain played the Ronan Outlaws, where Purple Rain won handily 14-4.

Saturday was full of softball action with teams battling each other to gain the best possible seeding for Sunday’s single elimination play.

In 10U first round action on Sunday, the Polson Lil’ Lakers defeated the Fury 22-11. The Lil’ Lakers then fell to the Bitterroot Spark sending them to the consolation round in a rematch with the Fury. The Lil’ Lakers lost the rematch and finished in fourth place.

For the 14U age group, there were only two teams, the Fury and Polson Lakers. The Fury slipped past the Lakers 11-10.

In the 16U group, the Ronan Outlaws fell to the Fury 14-2, while the Polson Purple Rain defeated Libby 4-1 in first round action. Purple Rain defeated the Fury 8-3 in the second round. The Great Falls Xplosion exploded for 11 runs in the final against Purple Rain. Xplosion went on to win 11-1 in four innings of play.

In the 12U first round, the Ronan Mighty Maidens were defeated 19-4 by the Montana Avalanche. The Polson Purple Wave earned a first seed round one bye for going 4-0 on Saturday. The Purple Wave defeated the Avalanche in the second round to advance to championship play. The Purple Wave wiped out the C-Town Rebels 19-5 to claim the 12U Polson Splash Classic Championship.

Valley squads will head this weekend to either the Electric City Heat Classic in Great Falls or the Smack the Stack in Anaconda.

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