GREAT FALLS — The Carroll College softball team split a Cascade Collegiate Conference doubleheader between Friday, and that was enough clinch a conference tournament slot for the third time in four seasons.
Combined with what other teams did Friday, the Saints placed fifth in the conference. The top six teams in the standings go on to the postseason.
The Saints defeated Providence on the road 11-0 in Game 1 but fell in the second game 8-3.
The Saints (17-21, 10-15) entered the weekend fifth and needed a win in the final series to secure a spot. British Columbia could have caught the Saints but finished sixth.
Southern Oregon already clinched the regular season title and will host the conference tournament next weekend. Oregon Tech, College of Idaho and Corban previously earned a spot.
The Saints pounded out 11 hits in the first game. They used a six-run fifth inning to secure the outcome.
Brooke Yarnall, Tianna Sell, Megan McCormick, and Ashley Davis had two hits each. Allison Williams drove in three runs, while Anna ApRoberts and Sell drove in two each.
Brooke Brown and Williams (7-7) combined for the five-inning shutout. Williams struck out four.
The Argos (8-27, 8-17) jumped out to a three-run lead in the first inning of the second game, and the Saints couldn't catch up. Hannah Vandomelen had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Taylor Mathews scored three runs, and Hanna Tarum drove in two.
Yarnall had two of the eight Carroll hits and scored once. The two teams face off again at 11 a.m. Saturday. The first game is the final conference game of the season. The second is a nonconference clash.