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Great Falls High & CMR State Softball Tournament Preview

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The class AA tournament will be held in Great Falls. If CMR and Great Falls High want to win another title, chances are that they’ll have to go through each other to do it. But both teams are focused on the task at hand: winning their first round game, which would set up a meeting between the two in the 2nd round.

"I feel like we should just play it by game," says Bison Senior Infielder Annie Douglas. "And just focus on the game instead of just looking head and worrying about the game before because you have to play and win in order to get to the game."

The Bison are the defending champions and could be peaking at the right time. They’ve won eleven straight games and 13 of their last 15 games. Great Falls High will open the tournament against Capital High, who the Bison defeated 8-6 earlier this season.

The Bruins are dangerous team. At one point they won ten games in a row, which was the longest winning streak in class AA, until the Bison won eleven. It’s likely that Mercedes Bourgeau will go up against Capital’s ace Brittany Smith.

"We’re not too worried about it. We’ve faced some good pitching," says Bison head coach Mike Coleman. "Big sky’s got some good pitching. The whole state is full of good pitching. Sometimes we hit the faster pitches slower better than the better ones. So I don’t think it will be a problem. I just hope the girls can do it when we get against her."

Last year Great Falls High won their first ever state title in school history. And now the Bison have the chance to repeat for the first time in school history.

"It would be awesome," says Bison Senior Infielder Brooklynn Wilson. "Just because we’ve been playing together for so long. Just to kind of go out with one more big bang altogether. Just repeat. Just like the wrestlers did this year."

CMR proved two weeks ago that the softball power belongs in the East when they out scored the Missoula schools 46-3. The Rustlers only lost two games all year and are lead by their MVP pitcher Quinn Hartman.

"I think as long as she stays calm and knows that she can do it she’ll be able to hit her spots," says Rustlers Senior Cathcer Erika Lankford. "Because she’s a great pitcher and can do anything. No one can hit her if she’s on."

"She’s the main support of our defense," says Rustlers Senior 3rd Basemen Kaydee Parsons. "When she’s on, we’re on. I think she knows that role and will be able to play well at state."

The Rustlers will look to win their 2nd title in the last three years. For three of their seniors, the memory of their last chapmionship is still fresh in their minds.

"There’s three of us that got to start our sophomore year when we won that state championship," says Parsons. "So mainly our roles as seniors is to just implant to the younger kids how this is going to go and how intense we gotta be and how loose we’ve got to play. And I think that’s our role: is just showing them the way it’s gotta get done."

Both team’s Seniors know how to accomplish that task. We’ll see which ones will be able to do it on championship friday.
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