The Polson Lil Lakers’ 10-U softball team’s coaching staff has a difficult task – to make sure their undefeated team doesn’t fall victim to complacency.
The Lil Lakers’ staff has succeeded at keeping their team on the task at hand to capture a state title.
The high run production contributed to the Lil Lakers’ accelerated confidence. The Polson 10U team outscored their opponents in the Frenchtown Tournament 56-6 and 67-8 in the Butte Tournament.
“I think all of the girls get along so good, they’ve just clicked (together) and they know what each other is going to do as the play is happening,” 10-U Lil Lakers’ co-coach Lyle Smith said. “That communication is the biggest key to going into state and the spooky thing (about their success) is the girls are getting some big heads on them.”
The Lil’ Lakers continued to carry on.
“In the eight games previous to that, these girls went out on the field, they’ve put the hammer down and worked hard,” Smith said. “They don’t let up and in the championship game against Frenchtown, they scored some runs. Their defense is a lot better than we’ve seen in Frenchtown and the bats came alive to score five or six runs in one inning.”
The Polson 10-U coaching staff is aware when they get to the state tournament, their competition level will increase dramatically.
“When we went over to Great Falls, we faced an Avalanche team out of Missoula and tied them 1-1,” Smith said. “We played them in the championship game and they beat us 3-1. There was an east Oregon team and they put a pretty big whooping on us. Juan, Jim and I can’t let up during practices. We can’t let up during these games and the girls haven’t. We’ve run-ruled the majority of the teams that we have played.
In two weeks the Lil’ Lakers 10-U team will embark on the state tournament and Smith said he knows the competition “won’t be easy.”
“They just put all of the good teams and weaker teams together,” Smith said. “In the course on Sunday, all of the teams of the silver bracket will be all weaned out and teams like Polson will be playing better competition in the gold bracket.
Smith said a characteristic his team has is grit.
“Our team is batting and they keep battling back (when they have adversity),” Smith said. “The other team comes back and scores some runs. Then the girls get pretty upset and say ‘this isn’t happening.’ They come out (after trailing) and get after it.”
14-U SIZZLER age bracket
During the 14-U championship, Kallie Finkbeiner was a perfect four-for-four at the plate, hitting for the cycle (1B,2B,3B,HR) that included a home run in the second inning. Liz Scabbyrobe was robbed of an extra basse hit when the outfielder snared it at the fenceline.
Finkeiner’s efforts allowed the 14-U to capture the 14-U Softball Sizzler Thursday through Saturday at the Frenchtown High School softball diamonds.
Kallie Finkbeiner got her Lakers on the board with a first inning RBI double, which the Billings Force Boondoggle countered in the bottom half of the inning. The score remained deadlocked until the Lakers erupted in the top half of the fourth when Turqoise Pierre doubled to start off a rally. Gianna Fyant then singled, followed by a SaVanna Carpentier double for a deuce. Liz Scabbyrobe and Aubrey Marshall then singled, which leadoff Anna Vert cleaned up with a two RBI single that put the Lakers firmly in control.
Lakers 18, Fury 5
Polson 264 6 – 18 21 0
Frenchtown 4 00 1 – 5 9 4
Ellie Thiel, (4) Turquoise Pierre and Kallie Finkbeiner, (4) Aubrey Marshall. Alexia Chalmers, Juna Ashby and catcher. W – Thiel.
POLSON LAKERS – Anna Vert 3-4, Katelyne Druyvestein 2-4, Thiel 1-2(2BB), Finkbeiner 4-4, Pierre 1-1(3BB), Gianna Fyant 3-4, SaVanna Carpentier 2-4, Liz Scabbyrobe 2-3, Mesa Bell 3-3, Marshall 2-3.
HR – Finkbeiner. 3B – Finkbeiner, 2B – Druyvestein, Finkbeiner, Pierre, Bell. RBIs – Vert 2, Druyvestein 3, Finkbeiner 5, Pierre 2, Bell.
Lakers 6, Blgs Force 1 (semi)
Polson 100 5 – 6 9 0
Billings 100 0 – 1 4 0
Katelyne Druyvestein (5K) and Kallie Finkbeiner. Shelbi Block (1K), (4) Piper Chartier (2K) and catcher
BILLINGS FORCE BOONDOGGLE – Katy Story 2-2, Block 1-2, Isabel Hanson 1-2.
POLSON LAKERS – Anna Vert 1-3, Druyvestein 1-3, Finkbeiner 1-3, Turquoise Pierre 1-2, Gianna Fyant 2-2, SaVanna Carpentier 1-2, Liz Scabbyrobe 1-2, Aubrey Marshall 1-1.
HR – Story. 2B – Finkbeiner, Pierre, Carpentier, Marshall. RBIs –Vert 2, Finkbeiner, Carpentier 2, Marshall; Story. SB – Scabbyrobe; Morgan Kavran. CS – Story.
Lakers 7, Ronan Outlaws 1
Ronan scored the first run when Gabby Smith plated on overthrow. The Polson Lakers countered to go up 2-1 in the second in a close game up to that point. In the third inning the Lakers unleashed a parade of doubles when Ellie Thiel doubled, coming whom when Kallie Finkbeiner RBI doubled her home. Turqoise Pierre RBI doubled in Finkbeiner, Gianna Fyant RBI doubled in Pierre, SaVanna Carpentier singled followed by Mesa Bell hitting an RBI single to account for the final run.
Blgs Force 4, Lakers 3
The Billings and Polson squads see-sawed back and forth. Initially tied 1-1, the Force edged ahead in the third 4-3, then the Lakers countered to go up 5-4. But as time ran out on an incomplete inning, the score reverted back to the previous inning 4-3 margin.
Lakers 15, C.Falls Rebels 1
Lakers 12, Sparks-McCormick 0
12-U SIZZLER age bracket
Purple Wave 14, Mighty Maidens 5
Polson 220 433 – 14 9 9
Ronan 200 03x – 5 4 5
Nikki Kendall (3K,4W) and Mckenna Hanson. Kaleigh Benson (1K,4W), (2.33) Sarah Stanger-Gardipe (3K,3W) and Emma Stanger-Gardipe.
POLSON PURPLE WAVE – Kendall 1-3, Hanson 4-5, Tyneesha Brown 0-1, Caitlyn Ward 2-3, Fayrene Pierre 0-2, Alexis Johnson 1-4, Bella Paul 0-2, Idella West 0-2, Carli Maley 0-1, Kailey Smith 1-3.
RONAN MIGHTY MAIDENS – Tyariah Morigeau 0-2, Lourasia Weatherwax 1-3, Benson 1-3, Sarah S-G 1-2, Kaydance Santos 0-0, Emma S-G 0-3, Aaliyah Adams 0-0, Ella Brown 0-2, Sadie Michaud 1-3, MaryRose Gardipe 0-2.
3B – Hanson, Ward. RBIs – Hanson 3, Ward 3, Johnson 2. SH – Smith; Santos. BB – Kendall, Maley, Brown 2, Pierre 2, Ward; Santos 2, Sarah S-G, Morigeau. HB – Kendall, Brown, Maley. SB – Kendall, Hanson 4, Brown, Ward, Pierre, Johnson 2; Weatherwax, Morigeau. (Su24Jun18gm3brkt)
Purple Wave 3, LC Thunder 0 (semi)
Mikaya M. (3K) and catcher Jaelei . Nikki Kendall (6K) and McKenna Hanson.
LAKE CITY THUNDER – Natalya L.1-1.
POLSON PURPLE WAVE – Kendall 2-2(1R), Tyneesha Brown 0-1(HB,1R), Caitlyn Ward 1-2, Alexis Johnson 1-1, Jaja Nichols 1-1(1R), Idella West 1-1.
2B – Ward, West. RBIs – Kendall, Ward, Johnson. (Su24Jun18gm2brkt)
Purple Wave 8, Sparks-Berning 3
A Mission Valley showdown on the mound between hurlers Sophia Forgey of Arlee and Nikki Kendall of Polson would tilt in favor of the Purple Wave in this round.
Nikki Kendall (2K,4W) and Mckenna Hanson. Sophia Forgey and Sophie Berning.
POLSON PURPLE WAVE – Kendall 1-2, Hanson 2-2, Tyneesha Brown 1-2, Caitlyn Ward 1-2, Fayrene Pierre 2-2, Alexis Johnson 2-2, Bella Paul 1-2, Kailey Smith 1-1.
BITTERROOT SPARKS-BERNING – Berning 1-2, Shilo Lampi 1-1, Forgey 1-2.
3B – Berning. 2B – Hanson, Ward. RBIs – Brown, Ward 2, Pierre 2, Johnson, Paul, Smith; Lampi, Joey Kirschten 2. SB – Johnson 2, Brown, Ward. (Su24Jun18gm1brkt)
Purple Wave 6, LC Thunder 0
Nikki Kendall (4K,0H,5W) and Mckenna Hanson.
POLSON PURPLE WAVE – Kendall 0-0(2BB), Hanson 2-2(RBI), Tyneesha Brown 0-1(BB), Caitlyn Ward 2-2(3B,3RBI), Fayrene Pierre (BB,SB), Bella Paul (BB), Jaja Nichols(BB).
Purple Wave 2, C-Town Rebs 1
Nikki Kendall (2K,5W) and Mckenna Hanson
POLSON PURPLE WAVE – Kendall 0-0(2BB,1R,2SB), Hanson 0-1(BB,SB),Tyneesha Brown 0-1(RBI,SB), Alexis Johnson 1-1(1R,SB), Bella Paul 1-1(RBI)
Purple Wave 12, Sparks-Dypwick 3
Nikki Kendall (4K,0H,4W) and Mckenna Hanson.
POLSON PURPLE WAVE – Kendall 0-1(2BB,SB), Hanson 0-1(BB,SB,RBI), Tyneesha Brown 1-1(2BB,2RBI), Caitlyn Ward 1-1(HB,RBI), Idella West 1-2(3RBI), Alexis Johnson 1-1(BB,RBI), Bella Paul 0-2(ROE,RBI), Kailey Smith 1-2, Jaja Nichols 1-1.
10U SIZZLER Age Bracket
stat data and commentary courtesy of Lil Laker coaching staff and statisticians
10-U SIZZLER championship
Lil Lakers 20, Fury 6
Polson 111 306 8 – 20 15 6
Frenchtown 000 105 0 – 6 9 3
Sammy Rensvold (9K), (7) Izzy Fyant (2K) and Olivia Jore. W – Rensvold. Sv – Fyant.
POLSON LIL LAKERS – Izzy Fyant 2-4, Sierra Perez 3-4, Emmaleigh Smith 2-4, Jore 3-4, Alyssa Orien 0-4(2ROE), Sammy Rensvold 2-3(BB), Summer Newman 3-4, Maddison Turner 0-2(2BB), Jelayna Tenas 0-3(BB,ROE), Natalie Nash 0-4, Keke Tenas 0-1(2BB), Ally Paul 0-1(2BB).
FRENCHTOWN FURY – Sami McHugh 1-4, Delanie Magnuson 1-4, Lauren Magnuson 2-3, Addison Romine 1-3, #5batter 0-3, Quinn Hodge 1-3, Mackenzie Brush 0-3, Bailey Hanson 2-3, Ryan Lucier 1-3, Miley Leishman 0-3, Rylee Campbell 0-2(BB).
3B – Perez. 2B – Hanson. RBIs – Perez 2, Smith 2, Jore 2, Orien 2, Rensvold, Newman 2, J.Tenas,
Runs – Fyant 2, Perez 3, Smith 2, Jore 3, Orien, Rensvold 3, Newman 3, K.Tenas 2, Paul.
#3Sami McHugh, #11Rylee Campbell, #9 Miley Leishman, #12Lauren Magnuson, #7Addi Romine, #8Quinn Hodge, #2Delanie Magnuson, #10Bailey Hanson, #4Ryan Lucier, #6Makenzie Brush, #? Mason Quinn
Lil Lakers 10, Mini MAC 0
Izzy Fyant pitched four inning five hitter, while Summer Newman anchored behind the plate.
10-U pool play
Lil Lakers 10, C-Town Lil Rebs 0 (gm3)
Izzy Fyant pitcher a two hitter over three innings.
Lil Lakers 9, Post Falls Blast 0 (gm2)
Sammy Rensvold and Olivia Jore.
Pitcher Rensvold threw a four hitter over three innings, while catcher Jore threw out a runner attempting to steal second base.
Lil Lakers 8, Mini MAC 0 (gm1)
Izzy Fyant and Sammy Rensvold combined for five innings of five hit shutout ball, while catchers Summer Newman and Olivia Jore took charge behind the plate.