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Lady Pirate Softball State Champs

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Druyvestein, Pirates take home 8th title

By Daily Inter Lake

BUTTE — Junior pitcher Katelynne Druyvestein dominated and the Polson Pirates are again State A softball champions, with a 9-3 victory over Frenchtown Saturday at Stodden Park.

The title-game win over the Broncs came after a nail-biter in the 9 a.m. unbeaten semifinal: Polson needed nine innings to beat Laurel 1-0, which was the Locomotives’ first loss.

Frenchtown then beat Laurel 10-6 — avenging a 5-2 loss on Friday — to reach the championship. The Broncs needed to beat Polson twice to win the title, and instead fell to 0-2 against the Pirates this season.

It’s Polson’s eighth state softball title and first since 2012, to go with two runner-up finishes. The Pirates lost the 2019 State A championship to Belgrade.

Polson 9, Frenchtown 3

KatelyneDruyvestein held the Broncs to four hits, completing an excellent tournament in which she threw every inning for Polson, 30 in all. She allowed just 17 hits, four walks, 9 runs (three earned) and struck out 49.

She fanned six against Frenchtown, and only one of the Broncs’ runs was earned.

Offensively Josie Caye led off the game with a home run, had three hits — including an RBI single in Polson’s 4-run sixth inning — and scored three runs for the Pirates (23-1).

Turquoise Pierre drove in a run with a single and Anna Vert added a sacrifice fly in the second inning as Polson built a 3-0 lead; Mckenna Hanson singled and scored on Pierre’s sac fly in the fourth.

Up 5-2, Polson put the game away in the sixth starting with Mossy Kauley’s one-out solo homer. Pierre and Vert followed with singles; both scored.

Caye added her RBI single and came around on a couple wild pitches and Druyvestein’s groundout to make it 9-2.

Kendra Jacobs went most of the way in relief for Frenchtown, and gave up 11 hits.

The Broncs (22-7) had Abby Faulhaber’s RBI double in the third, and Khasidy Hodge singled in a run in the sixth. Frenchtown’s third run scored when Cassidy Bagnell’s fly to left was dropped for an error and Faulhaber, who’d also reached on an error, scored.

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Sadie Smith, Olivia Campbell (1), Kendra Jacobs (1) and Tony Beatty. Katelynn Druyvestein and Lexie Orien.

FRENCHTOWN — Cassidy Bagnell 0-3, Smith 1-4, Maddy Reggers 0-3, Shelby Miotke 0-3, Dakota Fortney 0-0, Juna Ashby 0-3, Khasidy Hodge 1-2, Chloe Long 0-3, Beatty 1-3, Abby Faulhaber 1-3, Alexis Godin 0-0.

POLSON — Josie Caye 3-4, Druyvestein 1-4, Kobbey Smith 0-3, Orien 2-4, SaVanna Carpentier 1-3, Mckenna Hanson 1-3, Mossy Kauley 1-3, Turquoise Pierre 2-2, Anna Vert 1-2.

2B — Faulhaber. HR — Caye, Kauley. RBI — Bagnell, Hodge, Faulhaber, Caye 2, Pierre 2, Druyvestein, Orien, Kauley, Vert.