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Lady Pirates take third at state

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HAMILTON — On Thursday in first-round action of the State Class A Girls Softball Championship hosted in Hamilton, both the Polson Lady Pirates and Ronan Maidens opened the three-day double elimination tournament with a loss.

The Maidens fell 9-3 to the Corvallis Lady Blue Devils, while the Butte Central Lady Maroons scored an extra inning 4-3 upset win over defending state champion Lady Pirates.

In loser-out bracket action on Friday morning, the Laurel Locomotives steamed past the Maidens 10-0, while the Lady Pirates kept their post-season ship afloat with a 13-1 victory over the Fergus Lady Golden Eagles.

Lady Pirate pitcher Katelyne Druyvestein picked up the post-season win in the circle allowing one run on three hits, striking out 11, and walking none.

Polson finished Friday’s bracket action with an 11-1 win over Corvallis and a 12-4 victory over the Havre Lady Blue Ponies.

In the Havre win, Druyvestein struck out 13, walked zero, and at the plate hit a homerun. Carli Maley also booked a homerun for the Lady Pirates.

The Lady Pirates in the loser-takes-fourth game on Saturday morning avenged two regular-season conference losses to Columbia Falls with a 7-2 win over the Wildkats.

The Lady Pirates finished the state tourney in third place Saturday afternoon in a narrow 5-4 loss to the eventual state champions, the Frenchtown Lady Broncs.

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