JEFF WELSCH 406mtsports.com
LEWISTOWN — Defending champion Florence-Carlton and runner-up St. Ignatius-Arlee-Charlo advanced to the semifinals undefeated at the BC State Softball Tournament after a short rain delay on Friday morning at Complexe D’Autremont.
Florence-Carlton saw its 14-game double-digit scoring streak snapped but still polished against Columbus-Absarokee-Park City (Stillwater) 9-5 as senior shortstop Kolbi Wood hit two more homers. St. Ignatius-Arlee-Charlo (MAC) pulled off a second straight rally, this time beating Shepherd 9-7 after falling behind by three points.
Florence-Carlton 9, Stillwater 5
Wood continued his MVP-esque tournament by homering in his first two plate appearances, the first giving the Falcons a 2-0 lead. She homered to lead the third win for a 4-0 lead, giving her four HRs in two days.
After Stillwater rallied to tie it 4-4, Wood’s prowess played a more subtle role when she was intentionally walked after senior Jaidyn Larson opened the fifth inning with a single. Both Larson and Wood came on to score in what turned out to be a four-run deciding inning for an 8-4 lead.
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Leadoff batter Sammie Howell scored twice for Stillwater, which left the bases loaded in the sixth inning with four runs.
Florence-Carlton is seeking its 12th state title since the rankings were established in 1999.
Saint-Ignace-Arlee-Charlo 9, Berger 7
Izzy Evans hit a solo home run down the center to equalize and Gabby Smith brought Kate Young home with what turned out to be the winning run as the Bulldogs rallied for the second straight day to knock out the fillies.
Smith scored on a single and an error for a 9-7 lead and MAC put Shepherd in order in the bottom of the seventh to move on to a rematch with Florence-Carlton at 5 p.m. The Falcons are 3-0 against MAC this season. .
The MAC trailed Conrad-Choteau 6-1 on Thursday before winning 9-6.
Smith had three of the Bulldogs’ 13 hits, and Jerny Crawford, Hayleigh Smith and Evans had two each.
Marissa Roberson went 2-for-3 with a two-run double to give Shepherd a 6-4 lead late in the third inning. The fillies tacked on another run for a three-point lead.
Wilhellmina Wenz also had two hits and two runs scored for Shepherd.
Shepherd, the BC East seed, and Stillwater, who is No. 2, fell in the losing games at 3 p.m.