BELGRADE — Few softball programs in Montana have been as successful as Belgrade over the past few seasons. The Panthers, who are the two-time defending Class A state champions, are continuing their dominance once again this season and have accomplished a milestone along the way.
Belgrade finished the regular season a perfect 17-0, marking the first time in program history that it has gone undefeated heading into the postseason. Dating back to last year, the Panthers are now on a 36-game winning streak.
But to the Panthers, the records are just numbers in a stat sheet, and they can’t get caught up in accomplishments before the season is over.
“It’s one thing where we acknowledge it, but we don’t let it get to our heads, because the one thing is, all these teams are gunning for us now. We have won twice and so everybody wants to get at us, everybody wants to beat us,” said Kaleigh Bauerle, a senior pitcher for the Panthers. “We can’t get complacent with it, we can’t let what we’ve done good so far this season get to us. So we have to keep fighting and keep putting our heads down and just going for it.”
The postseason begins on Thursday for Belgrade, as the Panthers travel to Lewistown for the Central A divisional tournament where they will open up against Havre. For updated scores and pairings from the divisional softball tournaments, please click here.