Badgers aim for repeat state title

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  • Courtesy photos The Badgers softball team brought its A-game throughout the season, finishing off a 14-1 regular season with a 3A district tournament title. Bonners Ferry will seek to defend its 2017 state title when this year’s state tournament begins on Friday in Idaho Falls.

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    Jadyn Bennett, Kassy Skeen, Kadi Bateman and Jorryn Bennett made the all-Intermountain League team this year, with Kadi Bateman named the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).

  • Courtesy photos The Badgers softball team brought its A-game throughout the season, finishing off a 14-1 regular season with a 3A district tournament title. Bonners Ferry will seek to defend its 2017 state title when this year’s state tournament begins on Friday in Idaho Falls.

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    Jadyn Bennett, Kassy Skeen, Kadi Bateman and Jorryn Bennett made the all-Intermountain League team this year, with Kadi Bateman named the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).

BONNERS FERRY — Teams can’t win a championship if they don’t qualify for the state tournament.

Looking to defend their 2017 state softball title, the Bonners Ferry Badgers took care of business in last week’s 3A District 1 tournament, winning their opener against Kellogg 10-0, then rolling past Timberlake 15-1 to punch their ticket to state.

The Badgers (14-1) open state tournament play at 8 a.m. PDT Friday vs. Fruitland (11-9-1) at Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls. For a complete schedule, see the state bracket running with this story.

Timberlake (14-4) and Bonners Ferry (15-1) could be on a collision course to meet in the championship game for the second straight year.

Bonners beat Timberlake last year for the Badgers’ first state title in softball.

Timberlake’s runner-up finish tied for its second-best ever. The Tigers also were second in 2007.

“Bonners didn’t lose anybody,” said third-year Timberlake coach Casi Reisenauer, who played on the Tigers’ first state-qualifying team in 2000. “We lost a few seniors, but what we lost, we gained in freshmen.”

Bonners Ferry’s leaders include four girls who made this year’s all-Intermountain League team: Jadyn Bennett, Kassy Skeen, Kadi Bateman and Jorryn Bennett, with Bateman also named MVP for the league.

District final: Bonners Ferry 15, Timberlake 1

BONNERS FERRY — Kassy Skeen had three hits and six RBIs for the Badgers in a win over the Tigers in the 3A District 1 championship game. Kadi Bateman also had three hits and earned the win on the mound, allowing one run and four hits over five innings.

Bonners Ferry blew open a 1-1 game with a five-run third inning, then scored nine more in the fourth to close out the victory.

Timberlake 100 00 — 1 4 3

Bonners Ferry 105 9x — 15 14 0

Becca Malloy, Bernie Carhart (4) and Maddy Salois; Kadi Bateman and Jorryn Bennett. W — Bateman. L — Malloy.

HITS: TL — Starr 2, Malloy, Jessen. BF — Bateman 3, Bennett 2, Bennett, Skeen 3, Watt, Liermann, English 2, Villelli. 2B — Bateman, Bennett. 3B — Starr.

3A softball bracket

At Bonneville High, Idaho Falls

Friday (all times PDT)

Game 1 — Bonners Ferry (14-1) vs. Fruitland (11-9-1), 8 a.m.

Game 2 — South Fremont (15-4-1) vs. Filer (19-7), 10

Game 3 — Marsh Valley (14-3) vs. Timberlake (14-4), 8

Game 4 — Homedale (22-2) vs. Snake River (11-6), 10

Game 5 — Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, noon (loser out)

Game 6 — Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, noon (loser out)

Game 7 — Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 2 p.m.

Game 8 — Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 2

Game 9 — Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8, 4

Game 10 — Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7, 4

Saturday

Game 11 — Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 9 a.m.

Game 12 — Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 9

Game 13 — Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 12, 11

Game 14 — Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 13, 1 p.m.

Game 15 — Winner Game 14 vs. Loser Game 14, 3 (if necessary)

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