BUTTE, Mont. — For the first time in the Treasure State's history there is a high school baseball state championship team as the Polson Pirates knocked off the Whitefish Bulldogs 10-4 in Butte.
“It is pretty unreal, not going to lie,” said Polson pitcher Espn Fisher. “I’ve been playing baseball for a long time, and we’ve come up short in semifinal games as well as championships but to get away with this one and be the first team to win it is pretty awesome.”
Fisher threw 110 pitches, the maximum permitted for high school players, in the Pirates victory over the Bulldogs.
He also led his team with 3 RBIs and had 2 of the team’s 9 total hits.
“We are a very resilient team,” said Polson centerfielder Dawson DuMont. “The first game was kind of rough as we had some pregame jitters and were nervous but once we got out of that first game I think we started to get a feel for the tournament and sailed smooth from there.”
DuMont finished the day with 2 hits and 2 RBIs.
Entering the tournament, a lot of the attention surrounded the undefeated Belgrade Panthers who fell on the first day to Hamilton.
The Panthers would later knock off Hamilton on Saturday to secure the third-place trophy.
“I was shocked to see it as everyone in the news was saying Belgrade was the top team,” said DuMont. “I knew if we had to face them it would’ve been a tough game but I was shocked to see them go down early.”