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Kalispell defeated Missoula Sentinel 7-2 Saturday to capture its first-ever Class AA state softball championship.

The Bravettes (20-6) finished the three-day event on their home field with a 4-0 mark.

Kalispell pitcher Chelsey Lorenz (14-2) tossed a two-hitter in the title contest while Natalie Luehr and Jackie Byrnes both went 3-for-4 to pace the offense.

Byrnes doubled in a run in the sixth inning while Luehr had three RBIs.

Kalispell and Sentinel were tied at 2 after three innings, and the Bravettes broke it open with a run in the fifth and four more in the sixth.

The Bravettes had 14 hits in the contest to go with six errors, three in the third inning.

Lorenz pitched all 29 innings, including a pair of one-hitters.

Billings West finished third after falling to Sentinel 2-0 in the semifinal/loser-out game. Bree Summers had two of West's six hits in the loss.

West defeated Missoula Big Sky 10-1 earlier on Saturday, getting three hits apiece from Shelli Vicars and Melissa Mehling and two hits from Meagan Hennessy. Krista Radi pitched a three-hitter for West.

Loyola wins B-C title Missoula Loyola scored seven runs in the seventh inning Saturday to beat the Florence Falcons 16-6 in the championship game of the state B-C softball tournament in Helena.

Loyola's win marked the first time in B-C tournament history that a school other than Frenchtown or Florence has won the title.

Lynsey Evans, who was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, got the win for the Breakers.

Chelsea Bond was 2-for-4 for Loyola, and also had a double and two RBIs.

Ciara Hanson led the way for Florence, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Frenchtown finished third in the tournament, after losing to Florence 6-3.

Frenchtown defeated Huntley Project 12-2 in loser-out action Saturday morning.

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