Grins after the win to top the conference. PHOTO COURTESY ANDY THOMAS


7-3 Ennis girls softball take Class C Conference title

The Ennis girls Mustangs stomped the Anaconda Copperheads on May 6, securing Ennis’ title as Montana’s 2021 Class C conference champs.

The team, technically only in its second year of existence, managed to make it to the top in no time – especially after the 2020 “invisible” season in which no competition took place. Head Coach Andy Thomas said the 2019 season, the first-ever for Mustang girls’ softball, one of growth that ended with an 8-15 record.

Flash forward through 2020, the season that wasn’t, and 2021 could have easily been just another team building season. But the Ennis girls didn’t let a lost year slow them up. Coach Thomas said he witnessed progress every week, “I like the grit and determination of this team,” he said. “Even when they’re down, they keep scrapping and get back in the game.”

Being able to fight back from a behind has been an important skill for the Mustangs. It’s just one of the accomplishments Coach Thomas lists when he summarizes the season thus far.

There was no need for a comeback against Anaconda, though – the ‘Stangs controlled their destiny and held the lead from the start. The girls knew that if they lost, they’d be looking at a tie-breaker situation, but a win would take it all. Final score: 8-4.

“Of course, our major accomplishment is winning the conference,” said Thomas. “Having done that in just the second year of our program, is big. It’s a testament to their hard work, and a testament to the dedication and hard work of the entire coaching staff.”

The Lady Mustangs finish out their regular season play on Saturday, May 15 in a matchup against Columbus – one of the better schools of the eastern division, said Thomas. There will a few days to practice before the division tournament in Florence May 20-22.

The top four finishers from the divisional tournament will advance to state competitions in Florence the following weekend.

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