Achenbach repeats as Player of the Year


MISSOULA, Mont. - The last two athletes to earn Gatorade Player of the Year honors for softball in Montana have had arguably the two most dominant careers in Treasure State history.

Frenchtown's Morgan Ray won the award three times before heading off to the Big-10 to hurl for Ohio State, and Monday it was announced that future Montana Grizzly Tristin Achenbach had won her second in a row.

After two state titles for Conrad-Choteau at the class B-C level, Achenbach carried that success with her to Great Falls CMR for her senior season.

She led the Rustlers to the AA state title with another dominant year in the circle as the ace posted a 17-1 record with an ERA of 0.23.

Achenbach averaged over two strikeouts per frame on the season and gave up just 27 hits all year in 122.1 innings of work.

She becomes just the third player in Montana history to win player of the year honors in back-to-back seasons and finishes her career with 16 different state records.

Some of those records include recording 56 consecutive wins, throwing 19 no-hitters and tossing 1,619 career strikeouts.

As always the Gatorade award also takes into account success off the field where Achenbach graduates from CMR this spring with a 4.0 accumulative GPA in high school.

Local softball fans will be excited to see her in the Maroon and Silver as Achenbach has already signed to become a Montana Grizzly in the fall.