Girls U-16 Ice win Vermillion Invitational By Jim Prosser Scrambling through the loser�s bracket the U-16 Vermillion Ice softball team, coached by Randy Isaacson, Keith Joy, and John Mueller, avenged an earlier loss in the local invitational tournament by defeating Hurley 17-14.
The tournament was conducted at the USD softball complex June 11-12.
A synopsis of the Ice journey through the competitors follows:
Game #1 in pool play
Alicia Brown pitched a two-hit, two-run, three-inning, 12-run rule ending game as the Ice overpowered Clearfield 14-2, taking advantage of their miscues. Brown also led the scoring with three runs.
Game #2 (pool)
Facing Hurley for the first time, the 13 runs given up by pitcher Ariel Hofman were too much for the team to overcome as they lost their first game of the season 13-7.
Line score was Hurley � 13 R, 10 H, 1 E, 7 LOB; Vermillion � 7 R, 9 H, 1 E, 7 LOB. Brittni Stewart scored three runs on two for two at bats, but team mental mistakes were costly.
Game #3 in pool play
Facing Madison, making minimal mistakes, the Ice offense took over with a13-run onslaught which was more than enough in aiding Alicia Brown�s four-hit, four-run performance in the seven-inning game.
Significant Vermillion scoring stats were: Calle Sorensen � 2 for 3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs; Kinsey Weydert � 4 for 5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs; Ariel Hofman � 1 run, 1 RBI; Alicia Brown � 3 for 4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.
Game #4 matched Ice with Madison again in the semi-finals, with a much closer outcome (14-12). Hofman gave up only seven earned runs but four team errors made the final too close for comfort. Thankfully, the Ice broke out to an early 8-2 lead, then held off a determined opponent at the end.
Line score: Ice � 14 R, 11 H, 4 E, 4 LOB; Madison � 12 R, 9 H, 2 E, 4 LOB.
Some individual scoring included: Anna Isaacson � 3 runs; Weydert, Brown, and Stewart � 2 runs each.
On Sunday, June 12, the Ice had a return engagement with Hurley in the championship contest. This time the results were more to our liking as Hofman pitched her heart out in a scary scenario where the challenging Ice put up eight runs in the first inning, only to have Hurley answer with eight in the bottom half. Vermillion fell behind 13-8 after three innings, then made an astounding charge of six runs on seven hits in the fourth inning to overcome the opponent 17-14 and the ultimate victory.
Line score: Ice � 17 R, 21 H, 7 E, 9 lob; Hurley � 14 R,17 H, 0 E, 7 lob.
Scoring for Ice: Weydert � 2 for 4, 3 runs; Hofman � 3 for 5, 2 runs; Brown � 3 for 5, 2 runs; Stewart � 2 for3, 2 runs; Krista Froke � 3 for 5, 2 runs; Katie Kashas � 4 for 5, 2 runs; Isaacson � 2 for 4, 1 run; Mary Ann Bierle � 2 for 3, 2 runs; and Stacey Bottolfson � 1 for 3, 1 run.
Coaches comments � �We�re extremely proud of the team�s never give-up attitude. In the tourney, every time we needed someone to step up and make a play or get a crucial hit, they always came through.�
The tournament win brings the season record to an eye-popping 12 wins, 1 loss.