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AA State Softball Tournament Recap: CMR Wins Eighth Title in Program History

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It's only fitting that the CMR Rustlers raise the 1st place trophy in Kalispell once again. 

After all it was four years ago that CMR won their last state title at the very same Kidsports Complex. But their history of luck goes far beyond their 2012 state title. Lindsey Gustafson has never come to Kalispell without exiting with a 1st place trophy as a player and coach. And she didn't expect to leave without a rug in 2016.

"I told them that this morning," says Gustafson. "I said I've never lost in Kalispell and today better not be the day. It just shows the tradition in this program and the fight that they have every single day that they stepped on the field with a Rustler jersey on."

And boy did they have to fight every single day. The Rustlers had to overcome deficits in three of their four tournament wins. After giving up a leadoff home run, they stormed back to beat Helena High 6-2 in their rain-delayed tournament opener.

A new hero would emerge in their remaining three wins.

A solo shot by Senior Myla Robbins was the difference in their 1-0 win over defending champions Kalispell Glacier in the second round.

Then when their crosstown rivals had them on the ropes in the 7th inning of the winner's semifinal, Junior Catcher Katie Huisman came through with a two-out base hit. It set up an epic walk-off home run by Senior Courtney Schroeder that gave them the one-run win over Great Falls High.

Then in the title game, down 1-0 in the 5th inning, Savanna Voyles, the state's batting average leader, came through with a 2-run home run against the best pitcher in the state. CMR got a lead that they would never give up.

"You just never know who's going to get the job done," says Gustafson. "But the great thing is anyone through the lineup can do it."

"I really wanted it," says Voyles. "I really wanted to play for my teammates. Play for each other. Trust the person on the left and on our right. Just know that we can do it." 

The current seniors were in 8th grade the last time CMR won the title. And now they've added to the program's legacy with a rug of their own.

"We're going to come back to CMR in 20 years and see that rug on the wall," says Robbins. "And it's just going to be amazing to know that we put it up there. And I wouldn't want to do it with anybody else. It's a memory for a lifetime."

A lifetime memory made for a program that hopefully won't have to wait another four years to hang another rug.

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