Members of the Beverage Barn, this year’s coed softball tournament champs, include, front from left, Megan Wisnieski, Ally Jablonski, Kelsey Heinen, Jennifer Stafford, Lora Villarreal, back, Derek Stafford, Andrew Haveman, Armando Villarreal, Jeff Lempke, Lucas Jablonski and Ryan Wisnieski. Not pictured—Chelsea Losey. (Johnson Publications photo)
Members of the Son of Pitches, this year’s coed softball tournament runners-up, include, front from left, Troy Hoskovec, Jodi Koellner, Katie Flaig, Jacque Rhoades, Jordan Ostermiller, Larissa Gerhartz, back, Shane Gerhartz, Tom Lewis, Jeremy Mathews, Daniel Morales and Josiah Stroup. (Johnson Publications photo)
Beverage Barn wins this year’s coed softball title
Two of the top three teams from last year’s coed softball tournament found themselves vying off again for this year’s honors.
The Beverage Barn team, who played as the Farm Cats last year, just needed back-to-back wins to take this year’s coed title.
With just five coed teams competing, the tournament was set for a one-day double-elimination bracket Sunday.
Beverage Barn defeated Sons of Pitches twice to take the title. Most of the Sons of Pitches players played on last year’s Helena team, which won the 2016 title.
Sons of Pitches went into the tournament as the top seed and won their first game, setting up their first matchup with second seeded Beverage Barn.
The Beverage Barn emerged as the winner, sending Son of Pitches into the playback side of the bracket.
There, they got the needed win to set up a rematch with Beverage Barn in the finals.
The game got rained out before completion so both teams returned to the field Monday night for the final innings.
Beverage Barn claimed this year’s title after handing Sons of Pitches their second loss of the tournament.