Ice take second at Yankton fastpitch tourney by Jim Prosser The U-16 Vermillion Ice softball team had to work its way through the loser�s bracket again to reach the championship final in the fastpitch tournament contested at the Yankton softball complex June 18-19.
Following is thumbnail sketch of the Ice ramble through the competition:
Game #1 in pool play: Alicia Brown suffered a 14-3 loss at the hands of Salem Extreme as a very strong pitcher handcuffed Vermillion, except for the two triples by Brown. Ariel Hofman, Krista Froke, and Brown each scored a run.
Game #2 (pool): Facing Madison Shockers for the first time, pitcher Hofman was too much for the opposition as she gained the 16-4 win.
�We played a very solid game defensively, and our offense came alive,� said coach Isaacson. Hofman gave up four runs on five hits, with five Ks in the three-inning stint. Brown, Kinsey Weydert, and Katie Kashas each scored three runs during the rout.
Game #3 in pool play: Facing the Brandon Strike, making minimal mistakes, the Ice offense took over with a 17-run onslaught as Brown pitched a one-run, one-hit gem. Hofman, Brown, Brittni Stewart, and Weydert each contributed to the offensive display with three runs, each.
On Sunday, Game #4 matched Ice with the Yankton Angels in the quarter-finals, with another solid showing at the plate, as Hofman gave up four runs on only two hits, and the defense made one error in the second �laffer� in a row 16-4.
Here is listing of some individual scoring: Anna Isaacson � 2 runs on 2 for 2 batting; Weydert � 3 for 4, 2 runs, Brown � 2 for 3, 3 runs, and Margaret Mueller � 2 runs on 1 for 2 at bats.
Game #5: On Sunday June 19, the Ice had a return engagement with Madison in the semi-final round. This time the results were closer than the first game. Timely hitting and excellent defense led to a 7-1 victory as Brown pitched a four-hit, one-run gem.
Scoring for Ice: Annie Roche, Hofman, and Mueller, 1 run each. Brown and Stewart � 2 for 3, 2 runs, each.
The championship game was a second encounter with Salem. Hofman was the victim of a touch of wildness and gave up six runs in the first inning. That was more than enough for Salem as their pitcher held Vermillion to three runs in the 17-3 final.
�Hofman and Brown gave every ounce of effort, but fatigue set in and we couldn�t get the offense going to match the well rested Extreme,� Isaacson said.
Annie Roche went 1 for 1 with 2 runs; and Anna Isaacson scored the other Ice run.
The tournament results brings the season record to a respectable 16 wins, 3 losses.