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FRENCHTOWN — The Polson Lady Pirates, Ronan Maidens, and MAC Lady Bulldogs girl softball teams hit the road last weekend and traveled south to Frenchtown to complete in the First Annual Bette Paskey Memorial Tournament hosted at the Frenchtown High School on Friday and Saturday.

The Maidens finished the tournament 4-0, followed by MAC at 4-0, and Polson at 3-1.

The Ronan Maidens started the tournament off on Friday by defeating East Helena 7-2.

Kiara Sherman led the Maidens both in the circle and at the plate. Sherman allowed two runs on four hits, walked one, and struck out seven. While at the plate, Sherman went 3-for-4 and one RBI. 

Also for Ronan, Kaleigh Benson booked three RBIs, and LouRasaia WeatherWax paced the Maidens with three stolen bases.

In the afternoon game Friday, Ronan had no trouble handling Hamilton as the Maidens outscored the Lady Broncs 14-1.

Tracee Burland and Haylie Webster each had three RBIs apiece for Ronan, followed by WeatherWax and Alexis Luedtke who booked two RBIs apiece.

The Maidens racked up 18 runs on 15 hits to start Saturday’s action off with an 18-8 win over the Stevensville Lady Yellowjackets.

WeatherWax paced the Maidens at the plate going 5-for-5, two doubles, a home run, and eight RBIs.

Closing out the tournament Saturday afternoon, the Maidens put another check in the win column with a 10-2 victory over the Dillon Lady Beavers.

Maiden ace hurler, Sherman, allowed eight hits and two runs over five innings, striking out two and walking zero. Sherman also had a home run to help out her cause.

MAC opened the tournament on Friday morning with a 13-1 victory over the Hamilton Lady Broncs. 

In the circle for MAC, winning pitcher Payton Smith struck out five and walked zero, while allowing no runs on four hits.

MAC batters were led by Izzy Evans, who went 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run, a double, and two RBIs.

MAC finished Friday’s tournament action with a 15-0 shutout victory over the Stevensville Lady Yellowjackets. 

MAC batters collected 15 runs on 17 hits. Hayleigh Smith went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead MAC.

Evans picked up the win in the circle for MAC, allowing no runs on five hits in four innings of work, striking out four and walking none.

On Saturday morning, Evans picked up the win in a 10-7 victory over the Corvallis Lady Blue Devils. Evans allowed seven runs on four hits, walked five, and struck out three.

Jerny Crawford went 3-for-4 to lead the MAC at the plate. Crawford booked a home run and three RBIs.

MAC wrapped up the tournament with a 17-8 victory over the Butte Central Maroons. MAC was led by Smith at the plate. Smith went 3-for-4 and a home run.

In the tournament opening game Friday morning, the defending Class A state softball champions, Polson Lady Pirates narrowly defeated the defending Class B-C state softball champions Florence Lady Falcons 6-5. 

Throwing a complete game, winning pitcher Katelyne Druyvestein went seven innings allowing five runs on six hits, striking out eight, and walking one.

On the day, Lady Pirate hitters tallied six runs on six hits.

During Friday’s late afternoon tournament action, Turquoise Pierre and Mckenna Hanson each hit home runs in Polson’s 13-0 shutout win over the Corvallis Lady Blue Devils. 

Druyvestein allowed no runs on three hits, struck out 11 batters, and walked none.

The Laurel Lady Locomotives steamed past the Lady Pirates 5-2 to start things off Saturday morning.

Druyvestein picked up the loss in the circle, allowing three runs on six hits, and striking out two.

An eight run third inning pushed the Lady Pirates past East Helena 17-0 to close out tournament action on Saturday afternoon.

Druyvestein led things off in the circle for the Lady Pirates pitching one inning, allowing no runs and no hits, striking out two, and walking zero. 

Nikki Kendall finished the game for the Lady Pirates allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out two.

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