Blaze 12U team wins league championship The Vermillion Blaze 12 & Under softball team went 3-0 to captured the Dakota Fastpitch League Tournament championship July 9 and 10 in Yankton.
Blaze � 23 Elk Point-Jefferson 12 & Under � 16
In their first game the Blaze defeated the Elk Point-Jefferson 12 & Under team 23-16. Jana Bye led the offense going 5-for-5 with a home run and scoring five runs. Molly LeCates, Bethany Prinsen and Carlee Sorensen each had three hits and Kayla Munger, Sierra Allen and Ellen Brown had two. Allen was the winning pitcher striking out three.
Blaze � 15 Elk Point-Jefferson 14 & Under � 2
The Blaze advanced to the finals by keeping their hot hitting going and playing sharp defense to defeat the Elk Point-Jefferson 14 & Under team 15-2. Jana Bye had three hits and Molly LeCates and Kayla Munger had two each. Bye, LeCates and Sierra Allen all scored three times. Allen got her second pitching victory by striking out two and walking only one batter.
Blaze � 11 Elk Point-Jefferson 14 & Under � 0
The Blaze again capitalized on solid pitching and defense to defeat Elk Point-Jefferson for the second time to win the championship. Sierra Allen got her third pitching win of the tournament striking out two and only walking two in the five inning contest. Claire Jones, Jana Bye, Kayla Munger and Ellen Brown each had two hits. Brown, Lindsay Robinet and Bethany Prinsen each score twice.
In other action the Blaze finished third in the 10-team SEFSA Memorial Tournament held June 24 and 25 in Sioux Falls.
Blaze � 19 Geyking Trucking � 10
The Blaze scored 11 runs in their last at-bat to defeat Geyking Trucking 19-10 in their opening game. Clair Jones, Molly LeCates, Jana Bye and Bethany Prinsen all went 3-for-4.
Blaze � 10 Sioux Falls Chaos � 9
For the second game in a round the Blaze rallied late to advance in the winners bracket. Kayla Munger, Sierra Allen, Lindsay Robinet and Ellen Brown each had two hits. Jana Bye was the winning pitcher striking out seven.
Brandon Valley Aces � 16 Blaze � 4
The Blaze suffered their first lost of the tournament falling to the Brandon Valley Aces 16-4. Molly LeCates had two hits and scored twice to led the offense. Claire Jones, Jana Bye and Lindsay Robinet also had base hits.
Madison Motion � 9 Blaze � 8
The Blaze were eliminated from the tournament losing in an extra inning game to Madison 9-8. Sarah Szymonski scored three times to lead the offense and Bethany Prinsen had two hits.