A pair of Cut Bank softball players made the trek to Belgrade last weekend for the 6th Annual Veterans Memorial Softball Classic where players from all classifications from around the state compete on five squads representing five branches of the military. Hannah Fetters and Jazmine Spotted Bear were invited to this year’s tournament with Fetters competing on the Army team and Spotted Bear competing for Air Force.
Fetters’ Army squad took home the championship while the local senior-to-be recorded five hits, including three doubles and three RBIs. Army defeated the Marines 10-0 in the championship contest.
Spotted Bear’s Air Force squad finished fourth on the weekend and the recent CBHS grad recorded four hits in the tournament highlighted by a grand slam. Spotted Bear also pitched five innings for the Air Force squad and recorded two strikeouts.
Each team competes in honor of a fallen veteran from each branch of the military. Fetter’s Army squad played in honor of Army 1LT Matt Saltz of Bigfork. Spotted Bear’s Air Force team competed in honor of Air Force 2LT Robert McCormick of Great Falls. The Marine squad represented Marine Sgt. Trevor Johnson of Forsyth, the Coast Guard played in honor of LT Jack Rittichier of Barberton, Ohio and the Navy squad competed in honor of Seaman First Class Carl Charles Lapp of Hardin.
Spotted Bear closed out the weekend by being awarded the Nicholas Bloem Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.