Vermillion Ice play in Yankton; tourney record is 3-2

Vermillion Ice play in Yankton; tourney record is 3-2 by Jim Prosser The U-16 Vermillion Ice softball team was entered in the Yankton Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20 at the Yankton Sertoma softball complex.

Game one pitted Vermillion Ice against SF Comotion and the results were not pretty! SF � 15; Ice � 3. Losing Pitcher � Brittni Stewart. Scoring stats: Ariel Hofman � one run; Annie Roche � one run; Anna Isaacson � one run. Stacy Joy drove in a run with the only hit for the Ice.

Game two was an exciting six-inning shootout against Yankton Echoes. Ice � 11; Echoes � 9. WP � Alicia Brown gave up nine runs on only two hits. But seven walks, two hit batters, and three team errors did the damage as the teams were tied at 9-9 after four innings. Hofman went two-plus innings in relief to claim the win since the Ice plated two runs in the fifth (courtesy of a Roche hit followed by a Hofman triple and a Kinsey Weydert rbi groundout) and the Echoes were quashed in the final two innings.

Scoring stats: Roche � 2 for 3, three runs; Hofman � 3 for 4, two runs; Isaacson, 1 for 2, one run; Stewart, 1 � 4, three runs; Weydert, 1 � 3, 1 run; Michelle Olson � 1 for 3, one rbi; Joy � 1 for 3, one rbi; Mary Ann Bierle scored a run.

Game three was played on Sunday and Ice jumped all over SF Strike, taking advantage of nine hits, eight walks, and a hit batsman to score 11 runs during the five-inning stint. Brown pitched the complete game giving up three runs on four hits. She also was charged with five BBs with no Ks but still earned the winning pitcher designation.

Scoring stats for Ice: Roche � 1 for 1, two runs, one rbi; Hofman � 1 for 3, one run; Weydert � 1 for 3, three runs; Stewart � 1 for 3, one run; Isaacson � 2 for 2, one run, two RBIs; Olson – one run, one rbi; Joy � 1 for 2, one run, one rbi; Bierle � 2 for 3, one run, two RBIs.

Game four was proably the most exciting as Ice built a 7-4 lead after six innings, then gave up four runs in the top of the final inning to the SF Vipers who took an 8-7 lead. Needing desperately to score runs, Hofman led off with a hit and Weydert followed with a single, the next two batters were retired and that brought Olson, to the plate. She promply hit a screamer to the outfield, driving in two runs and the winning score. (Ice � 9, Vipers � 8).

Brown was the winning pitcher even though she scattered 11 hits and registered only two Ks in giving up eight earned runs.

Scoring stats for Ice: Roche � 1 for 4, one run; Hofman � 4 for 4, two runs, two RBIs; Weydert � 1 for 4, one run, one rbi; Stewart � 2 for 4, two runs, two RBIs; Isaacson � 2 for 3, two runs, two RBIs; Olson � 2 for 4, one run, two RBIs.

The fifth (semi final) game was anticlimactic as the Brandon Chop Chop dominated the Ice 8-0, in a one-hit shutout. Joy broke up their no-hitter by singling in the last inning. Hofman took the loss as the team's tournament record was 3-2, and their overall season record is 11-4.

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