COLSTRIP The Billings Cardinals clinched the No. 1 seed in next weekends Class A state tournament with an 11-9 victory over the Beartooth Bighorns Monday in the second championship game at the Southern A tournament.
The Cardinals lost the first championship 8-5 to Beartooth on Sunday.
In the second championship, the Cardinals jumped out to an 11-3 lead after four innings, but held on after the Bighorns scored five in the top half of the ninth inning. Billings scored six in the bottom of the fourth to jump out to the big lead.
The Class A state legion tournament begins Friday in Belgrade.
Second championship Cardinals 11, Bighorns 9
Jared Underwood, Jose Extrom (4) and Eric Williams. Joe Reidelbach and Bryan Steinmetz.