State softball roundup: Bishop Kelly, Homedale win state championships

STATESMAN STAFFMay 19, 2013 

4A: BISHOP KELLY ROLLS TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

At Post Falls High, the Knights finished off an undefeated state tournament with a 4-2 win over Lakeland in the championship.

"We're on Cloud Nine," Bishop Kelly coach Tom Antonopolis said. "I gotta be honest, it's a wonderful feeling."

Bishop Kelly (21-5) defeated Lakeland earlier in the day in the semifinals, then Lakeland (18-10) defeated Skyview 4-2 for a spot in the title game. Skyview (22-8-1) finished in third place.

Bishop Kelly was making its first appearance at the state tournament since 2007, when the Knights also won it all.

Taylor Falkner picked up both wins against Lakeland, striking out 12 and walking one on the day. She helped herself out with a home run, and Gabi Harrington also chipped in with a homer.

"Our girls hit through the lineup and really played well, and our defense was stellar," Antonopolis said.

3A: HOMEDALE WINS TITLE, DETHRONES FRUITLAND

At Buhl High, after runner-up finishes the past two years, Homedale claimed the state championship with a 12-2, five-inning win over two-time defending champion Fruitland. After losing to Homedale in the first semifinal 2-1 (eight innings), Fruitland earned a spot in the championship with a 9-2 victory over Filer. Katie Deal led Homedale (19-9) in the championship game, going 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and three RBIs.

2A: MALAD BEATS MCCALL-DONNELLY TWICE

At Orofino High, Malad battled back from the losers side of the bracket, surviving an elimination game against West Jefferson 11-0 and beating Orofino 9-0 in the semifinals. The Dragons then beat McCall-Donnelly twice, 7-6 and 16-3, for the state championship.

5A: LAKE CITY FINISHES SEASON UNDEFEATED

At Ramsey Park in Coeur d'Alene, Lake City defeated Eagle 10-0 in the championship game to wrap up a perfect season at 28-0. Lake City was the runner-up last season to Coeur d'Alene.

Eagle (28-3) survived an elimination game in the morning, defeating Highland 4-2. The Mustangs then beat Coeur d'Alene 4-2 in the semifinals.

1A: GENESEE DEFEATS TWO-TIME CHAMP FOR TITLE

At Lewiston High, Genesee won the state championship with a 10-6 victory over Prairie.

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