GREAT FALLS – One win away from back-to-back titles. One win away from being undefeated in conference. One win away from ultimate glory.
CMR beat Great Falls High in the semifinals 3-1 and will head back to the State AA championship game for the second consecutive year. The game was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning when Rustler Savannah Voyles sent an Erin Hocker pitch straight to the moon for a two-run home run. That was all the scoring CMR needed, as pitcher Tristin Achenbach closed the door on the Bison, allowing only one hit the entire game.
“After the first inning, Tristin settled in. We kept our enthusiasm and confidence the whole game. It was a good team effort,” said CMR head coach Lindsey Gustafson.
“I was just really excited. The past two crosstown games I didn’t hit very well against Erin (Hocker), so this time I was ready,” said Voyles. “I was due to hit against her. I was just relaxed at the plate and smoked the ball.”
“We have to come out and win tomorrow first thing and get back in there,” said GFH head coach Mike Coleman. “We’re just going to have to start making contact. We’ve got to shorten it up and start hitting the ball. We’re trying to take big swings off the big pitch and that’s not going to do it. You have to just make contact on (Tristin Achenbach) and drop it in.”
Great Falls High got to the semifinals by beating Billings Senior earlier in the day 5-0. CMR also shut out its opponent as well, riding five total home runs in a 11-0 rout of Helena.
The Bison play Saturday at 10 a.m. The team will need to win three more games to capture the title. CMR will await its opponent in the championship game starting at noon Saturday at the Great Falls Multi Sports Complex