Girls U-16 Ice place second at state tourney by Jim Prosser The U-16 Vermillion Ice softball team finished second in the state modified tournament at the Sioux Falls Sherman Park softball complex on July 16-17. Their tournament record was four wins, two losses.
The result of game one was an Ice victory over Hurley 14-13. Vermillion out-hit Hurley 14-6, but eight walks kept them in the game. Alicia Brown was the winning pitcher.
Ice scoring stats were: Annie Roche � 3 for 5, four runs; Ariel Hofman � 1 for 4, one run; Brittni Stewart � 1 for 4, one run, two RBIs; Brown � 1 for 4, two RBIs, two runs; Anna Isaacson � 4 for 4, two runs, one rbi; Michelle Olson � 1 for 3, one run, two RBIs; Stacey Joy � three walks, two runs; Mary Ann Bierle � 1 for 3, one run, two RBIs.
Game two matched Ice with the Sioux Falls Strike. With Brown tossing a four-hitter, and the team scoring 18, the final result was never in doubt. Taking advantage of 17 bases on balls and two hit batters, every player on the starting lineup scored.
On Saturday, July 17, the Ice hit a "bump in the road" on their ride to the championship game with an 11-4 setback loss to Emery. Brown was the loser giving up six hits while the team committed three errors and couldn't overcome a seven-run outburst for Emery in the second inning.
Line score: Ice � 4 R, 6 H, 3 E, 6 lob; Emery � 11 R, 6 H, 1 E, 7 lob. Scoring for Ice: Roche, Weydert, Stewart, and Brown � one run each.
The next game was a blowout 18-3 win for Ice when they defeated Hurley for the second time in the tourney. Ariel Hofman pitched a three-hitter for the victory.
Scoring summary: Roche � 1 for 3, two runs; Hofman � 2 for 3, three runs; Isaacson � 2 for 3, two runs; Brown � 4 for 4, three runs; Stewart � 2 for 3, one run; Weydert � 2 for 4, two runs; Bierle � 2 for 3, one run; Joy � one run.
Playing in the losers bracket, Ice faced Emery again. The resulting victory for Vermillion was an exciting 16-15 screamer. In spite of building a 16-7 advantage, for Ice, Emery plated seven runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to leave the final win for starter Hofman.
Scoring summary: Brown and Weydert three runs each; Roche and Isaacson � two each; Hofman, Stewart, Olson, Joy, and Bierle � one run each.
Believe it or not, the win placed Ice in the championship game facing Emery again. This time the final was decided by a three-run rally by Emery in the late innings, and the Ice's 10-8 lead melted into an 11-10 loss. Alicia Brown was the victim of a very well-pitched tournament.
Line score: Emery � 11 R, 7 H, 4 E, 4 lob; Ice � 10 R, 9 H, 1 E, 6 lob.
Scoring summary: Roche, Hofman, and Bierle � two runs each; Isaacson, Brown, Stewart, and Olson � one run each.
While they didn't qualify for nationals, they can be proud of their excellent tournament performances.