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PLAINS — The Mission-Arlee-Charlo (MAC) Lady Bulldogs softball picked up a second-place divisional finish on Saturday to advance to the State B/C tournament in Lewistown starting on Thursday. It’s the second consecutive state tourney trip for the Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Bulldogs went 3-2 on the week, with a 14-2 win over the Anaconda Lady Copperheads and a 15-1 win over Manhattan Lady Tigers.

On Thursday, MAC opened tourney action with the win over the Lady Copperheads.

Pitcher Izzy Evans picked up the win for the MAC, holding Anaconda to just two runs on five hits, while MAC collected 14 runs on 11 hits.

In Friday’s bracket action, MAC advanced into the semifinals with a 12-11 nail biter win over the Ennis Lady Mustangs.

Ennis jumped out to early 7-0, before MAC bats came alive in the bottom of the second inning to pull within one run 7-6.

The two teams swapped lead changes until MAC tied the game 11-11 in the bottom of the fifth.

In the bottom of the seventh, with a MAC runner on third base and the game still tied at 11, Rheid Crawford gave MAC the win with a walk off single that pushed the game winning run across the plate. 

In the circle for MAC, winning pitcher Evans surrendered four runs on seven hits over five and two-thirds innings, striking out two and walking one.

Bennan Andersen led MAC at the plate with a homerun and three RBIs.

In the Friday afternoon quarterfinal match up with Florence Lady Falcons, the game was postponed until Saturday morning due to rain. 

On Saturday morning, MAC fell 12-0 to the Lady Falcons. 

Playing in the loser-out game on Saturday afternoon, MAC routed the Manhattan Lady Tigers 15-1. 

Crawford’s bat led MAC driving in three runs on a home run and a double.

Evans picked up the win in four innings, surrendering one run on three hits, walking none, and striking out one. Payton Smith threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.

In the championship game against the Lady Falcons, MAC claimed runner-up hardware in a close 15-11 loss.

Smith homered twice, followed by Jerny Crawford and Kate Young, who each had a home run apiece as the MAC batters racked up 15 hits on the day.

MAC pitcher Evans allowed 15 runs on 15 hits, striking out three and walking four. 

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