Softball fans have gotten used to Conrad-Choteau's Tristin Achenbach tossing gems on the mound. But what the junior pitcher did on Friday at the B/C Eastern Divisional Softball Tournament in Columbus was amazing even by her standards.
Achenbach started the day with a 14 strikeout, no-hit performance in a 3-0 win over Shepherd. Those three runs? All from Achenbach's bat thanks to a three run home run.
Then, in the Cowgirls second game of the day against top seed Glasgow, Achenbach outdid her earlier performance tossing a perfect game with 17 strikeouts in Conrad-Choteau's 1-0 win to advance to Saturday morning's semifinal against host team Stillwater County at 11.
"Yes it definitely was a big day. Good teammates behind me that made some good plays. I just have great support with my team behind me and that's all you can ask for, and I'm thankful that it happened today," Achenbach says.
"Her rise ball today was outstanding," Cowgirls head coach Mick Morris says. "She gave them a really hard time off that. And she was hitting to location. With her doing that. It's a tough chore for the other team."
As for the rest of the tournament, Great Falls Central is still alive after beating Cut Bank in loser out action. The Mustangs will face Glasgow Saturday morning at nine. At the same time, Huntley-Project and the winner of Shepherd and Colstrip will play. The winners of the 9am games will then meet at 11. the winner of that plays the loser of Conrad-Choteau and Stillwater County at 1. Then at 3, the winner of the 1pm game and the winner of Conrad-Choteau and Stillwater County will meet for the title.
Regardless of what happens on Saturday, Conrad-Choteau and Stillwater County have qualified for the State Tournament next week in Kalispell.