Local prep softball teams begin postseason play this week.
In Class AA, Billings West hosts Bozeman in a best-of-three Eastern AA playoff series on Thursday at Poly Vista. The Golden Bears are the No. 2 seed while Bozeman is No. 7.
Billings Skyview, the No. 5 seed, travels to No. 4 Butte on Thursday for their best-of-three series. No. 6-seeded Billings Senior travels to play No. 3 Great Falls, also on Thursday. CMR is the No. 1 seed and has a playoff bye.
All series begin at 1 p.m. The winners will advance to the State AA tournament, which begins May 29 in Great Falls.
The first Eastern A softball divisional will be held in Laurel beginning Thursday. Top-seeded Billings Central and No. 2 Laurel have first-round byes. Sidney plays Glendive at 10 a.m. and Miles City faces Hardin at noon.
Three Eastern A teams will advance to the state tournament, which opens May 29 in Polson.
The Eastern B-C divisional, meanwhile, begins Friday in Glasgow.