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By Georgie Kulczyk
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Lady Scotties Earn Divisional Championship


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Tyra Johnson celebrates following the Scotties' win against Huntley Project for the divisional championship. Johnson led her team to the win, pitching three straight games against the Red Devils. In those three games, she recorded 23 strike outs, and finished the weekend with 36.

It was another impressive display of talent, athleticism and endurance at the Eastern BC Softball Tournament held in Glasgow May 18, 19 and 20.

Sullivan Park swelled with fans and players looking for some solid entertainment during the two-day tournament, and the Scotties didn't disappoint.

Following two early blow-outs against Colstrip (15-0) and Cut Bank (14-5) on Friday, the Scotties came back the next day to play three straight games against Huntley Project. The Red Devils were the only team to hand Glasgow a loss during the regular season, and they were looking to upset the Lady Scotties on their home field.

The teams met on the diamond at 11 a.m. on Saturday for their first game. The Scotties made quick work of the contest and handed the Project an 11-1 loss in four innings.

With just one win needed for the Scotties to claim the championship, a crowd gathered for the 3 p.m. game. The hits for the Scotties during the game were sporadic, but they maintained the lead up until the final inning. While Glasgow couldn't muster a hit in the seventh inning, freshman Red Devil Addie Hultgren hit a three-run walk-off home run to win the game for Huntley Project. The win forced a second game for all the marbles.

The final game began at 5 p.m., and the Scotties took charge from the very beginning. With senior Tyra Johnson on the mound, the Red Devils didn't have a chance. She dug in and got the job done, denying Huntley Project even a single run. She was a key player offensively as well, going 2 for 3, including a two-run home run and three RBIs.

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Senior Rachel Boese takes her turn at the plate during one of the championship games held during the Eastern BC softball tournament in Glasgow.

With each Scottie batter recording a hit in the game, they were the definition of teamwork and provided Glasgow with their fourth divisional championship in the school's history.

"I'm super proud of how the girls came back after the loss, scored some runs and blanked Huntley in the second championship game," said head coach Gil Johnson. "With the six home runs that were hit this weekend," he continued, "I have them tying their team record of 35 home runs in a season."

"I would also like to thank the community of Glasgow for giving the girls so much support this weekend," he added.

Johnson said the girls are ready for the weekend, and their goal is to bring the championship trophy home to Glasgow.

The Lady Scotties will take on St. Ignatius/Mission in their first game at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 25 in Frenchtown.


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