Copper City All-Stars capture District 2 crown

Copper City All-Stars capture District 2 crown
Copper City center fielder Avery Barsness lays down a bunt during a Game 1 victory Tuesday afternoon at the Ed Austin Field. (Bill Foley photo)

Butte’s Copper City Softball’s 11-12 All-Star team is two wins away from a trip to San Bernadino, California.

The Butte girls beat Anaconda’s All-Stars twice Tuesday on the Ed Austin Field to win the Montana District 2 championship. Copper City won 10-0 and 21-2 to win the best-of-three series.

Wednesday’s “if-necessary” game will not be necessary.

The victory sends the Copper City All-Stars to Billings next Wednesday and Thursday for the state championship series. The winner of that best-of-three battle will advance to the West Regional, which is July 24-30 in San Bernadino.

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The winner of the West Regional will play in the 2021 Little League Softball World Series Aug. 11-18 in Greenville, North Carolina.

Members of the Copper City All-Stars are Allie Becker, Avery Barsness, Mattie Stepan, Kylie Jaksha, Reese Johnson, Bella Babb, Kendallyn Schad, Grace Underwood, Ava Gerry, Rigby Bauer, Rylee Radcliffe, Kenzie McQueary and Danika Carr.

The team is coached by Melissa Johnson, Sarah Stepan and Kelci Thatcher.

Players on the Anaconda team are Grace Galle, Tabithha Chetham, Jade Moses, Brynn Coughlin, Quincy Saltenberger, Grace Mehrens, Shaelee Novak, Jaidyn Holdaway, Bridged Mehrens, Faith Stainer, Jaelyn Zeren and Brihanna Treadway.

The Copper City 9-10 All-Stars also claimed District 2 championship medals Tuesday.

Unfortunately for the Butte girls, there were no teams willing to play them. Team members are Regan Warren, Luci Fantini, Keelie Schad, Mya McGree, Mila Carriger, Lainee Walsh-Hill, Natalie Osterman, Kodee Badovinac, Brea Henderson, Braelynn Schelin and Keeley Janecke.

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