Second round of Western AA softball tournament postponed to Saturday

MISSOULA – The Western AA softball tournament slogged through a wet first round at the Fort Missoula fields on Friday. But they couldn’t continue any more. Play was suspended until Saturday.

Five-seed Missoula Hellgate shocked four-seed Helena 13-9 in the first round. Three-seed Helena Capital dominated six-seed Kalispell Flathead, 12-2. And two-seed Missoula Sentinel crushed crosstown rival and seven-seed Missoula Big Sky, 24-5.

The divisional tournament will continue at 11 a.m. Saturday morning. Top-seed Kalispell Glacier will take on Hellgate, and Capital will battle Sentinel in the semifinals. Big Sky and Flathead collide in a loser-out contest.

At 1 p.m., Helena will meet the loser of the Hellgate-Glacier game. The Flathead-Big Sky winner will take on the Capital-Sentinel loser. The winners of those two games will advance to state, while the losers’ seasons come to an end.

The championship and third-place games are scheduled for 3 p.m.

The top four teams at the Western AA advance to the State AA tournament, which begins next Thursday in Butte.

Derek Buerkle

Derek Buerkle

Derek has worked in sports at KPAX-TV in Missoula since 2007. He grew up in Big Timber, Montana, and attended the University of Montana journalism program.
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