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All state softball list includes four Lady Pirates and a Maiden

by Lake County Leader
| June 8, 2021 3:05 PM

Five Lake County softball players, including four from state champion Polson, are among eight Northwest A athletes named to the 2021 all state list announced last week.

Junior pitcher Katelyne Druyvestein was named the Northwest A Conference’s Most Valuable Player to go with all conference first team and all state honors. Druyvestein finished the season with a record of 22-1-1 and went 4-0 with 49 strikeouts in 30 innings and a 0.70 ERA during the state tournament in Butte. She also had a .357 batting average and drove in a pair of runs with a triple during the tournament.

Joining Druyvestein on the all-state team are Lady Pirates Lexy Orien, a senior catcher; senior shortstop Josie Caye; and freshman outfielder Mckenna Hanson, whose batting average exceeded .500 during her freshman season.

Orien ended her career with 18 home runs, good for third place in school history.

It’s the second all state designation for Caye, and her third time on the all conference list. She scored more than 100 runs and drove in more than 100 over the course of her career.

Ronan’s Macao Jackson, a senior pitcher and corner infielder, also was named to the all state team, along with Alyssa Blankenship and Aspen Dawson of Columbia Falls and Libby’s Taylor Munro.

Jackson ends her career as a two-time all state pitcher with 200 career strikeouts and a career batting average nearing .450.

Jami Hanson of Polson was named Northwest A Coach of the Year after navigating the Lady Pirates to a record eighth state title, the program's first since 2012.

Individual programs are allowed a maximum of four all state designations.

Rounding out the Northwest A all conference first team are Polson senior third baseman Kobbey Smith and Columbia Falls sophomore Syd Mann.

Smith tied with Orien for the team lead this season with 43 RBI. It’s her second all conference nod.

Polson seniors SaVanna Carpentier (second base) and Mossy Kauley (first base) were named to the Northwest A second team, which also includes Ronan junior Kiara Sherman.

Carpentier finishes her career as a two-time all conference player. Kauley drove in the game’s only run in a 1-0 win over Laurel in the undefeated semifinal game at state.

Receiving all conference honorable mention nods were juniors Anna Vert and Turquoise Pierre of Polson, and Ashlee Welker of Ronan.

Northwest A Coach of the Year

Jami Hanson, Polson

First team Northwest A and all state honors

Katelyn Druyvestein, Jr., Polson (conference MVP)

Lexy Orien, Sr., Polson

Josie Caye, Sr., Polson

Mckenna Hanson, Fr., Polson

Macao Jackson, Sr., Ronan

Alyssa Blankenship, Sr., Columbia Falls

Aspen Dawson, So., Columbia Falls

Taylor Munro, Jr., Libby

First team Northwest A

Kobbey Smith, Sr., Polson

Syd Mann, So., Columbia Falls

Second team Northwest A

SaVanna Carpentier, Sr., Polson

Mossy Kauley, Sr., Polson

Kira Sherman, Jr., Ronan

Abbie Darsow, Jr., Columbia Falls

Haylee Lawrence, Jr., Columbia Falls

McKenna Rensel, Sr., Columbia Falls

Destinee Crawford, So., Libby

Bethany Thomas, Sr., Libby

Gianna Vickers, Sr., Libby

Northwest A honorable mention

Anna Vert, Jr., Polson

Turquoise Pierre, Jr., Polson

Ashlee Welker, Jr., Ronan

Kayley Svendsbye, Sr., Libby

Jossalyn White, Fr., Libby


The 2021 Class A state champion Polson softball team. (Courtesy of Bob Gunderson)


SaVanna Carpentier takes a pitch against Columbia Falls. (Teresa Byrd/Hungry Horse News)


Mossy Kauley slides into second base against Columbia Falls. (Teresa Byrd/Hungry Horse News)


Kobbey Smith heads toward first base after smacking a liner to right field against Browning. (Scot Heisel/Lake County Leader)


Ronan senior Macao Jackson signed a letter of intent in February to play softball at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash. (Scot Heisel/Lake County Leader)


McKenna Hanson prepares for a pitch against Flathead. (Scot Heisel/Lake County Leader)


Lexy Orien greets head coach Jami Hanson at third base after hitting a two-run home run against Browning. (Scot Heisel/Lake County Leader)


Polson shortstop Josie Caye makes a throw to first base against Flathead. (Courtesy of Bob Gunderson)