Frenchtown final (copy)

Frenchtown's Meg Delaney (left) gives encouragement to teammates between innings of the Class A state softball championship game last month in Sidney. The junior infielder was one of four Broncs to earn all-state recognition.

MIKE SCHERTING, BILLINGS GAZETTE

Montana's western half of the state cleaned up Class A all-state softball honors despite not capturing the state title for the first time since 2006.

Frenchtown, which finished second at state, put four on the all-state roster after the Broncs brought home their 16th straight state trophy of either bronze, silver or gold.

Catcher Allie Hochhalter was Frenchtown's lone senior to be named all-state, while two of her battery-mates, Brynn Leishman and Meg Delaney, also earned an all-state nod. Delaney, a junior who pitched for Frenchtown, was named all-state as an infielder; Leishman -- also a junior -- pitched her way to recognition. Morgan Snow, Frenchtown's third junior all-stater, made the cut as an outfielder.

Hamilton, which took third at the Class A state softball tournament, put three players on the all-state team. Rachael Ringer, Rachel Richardson and Caitlin Dillon all made the squad for the Broncs. 

Polson, a fourth-place finisher at state, and Stevensville, which qualified for its first trip to the state tournament in 17 years this spring, each snagged two spots on the 2017 all-state list. Haley Kampka and Mikayla Newman were the Yellowjackets' representatives; Kaelyn Smith and Laurel Bitterman made it for the Pirates. Senior pitcher Haley Fyant also earned first-team all-conference honors for Polson despite missing out on the all-state team.

A pair of Columbia Falls infielders and the Wildkats' pitcher also earned all-state awards. KJ Schweikert was recognized for her work in the circle; Peyton Kehr and Sydney Hovde backed Schweikert up in the infield.

Belgrade topped Frenchtown for the state title this spring, snapping a streak of four straight championships for the Broncs. The Panthers landed three all-staters in return.

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