For girls U-16 Vermillion Ice – win some, lose some by Jim Prosser The U-16 Vermillion Ice softball team had an even record for the June 20-27 week as they beat Dakota Valley twice, and lost to Yankton Wizards twice to bring their season record to 18-4. They enjoyed 15-7 and 8-5 victories vs. DV on Tuesday then suffered 18-1 and 6-3 setbacks to the Wizards on Thursday.
Game #1, played in North Sioux City, was a high scoring contest with the Ice out-pointing Dakota Valley 15-7. Ariel Hofman was the winning pitcher giving up seven runs on four hits and two walks. Her teammates committed only one error and contributed seven hits.
Two players scored three runs each and three plated two runs each.
Hofman reached first base on walks three times and scored three runs; Kinsey Weydert went 2 for 3 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Alicia Brown � 2 for 2, including a home run, 2 R, 4 RBIs; Brittni Stewart � 1 for 2, 1 R; Katie Kashas � 2 for 3, 1 R; Krista Froke and Mary Ann Bierle – 2 Runs each. Margaret Mueller, Stacey Joy and Calle Sorensen – 1 run each.
In game two, Alicia Brown pitched a steady four-hit, one-run, six innings. Unfortunately, the game went seven and DV scored four runs on four hits along with an error and a hit batter. Thankfully, the Ice had built an 8-1 cushion by that time.
Vermillion scoring stats were: Brown – 2 for 3, 2 R; Brittni Stewart – on base twice, 2 runs; Stacey Joy – 2 for 2, 1 run; Weydert, Mueller, and Froke – 1 run each.
The third and fourth games were played at the Vermillion Armory ball park where Hofman struggled through a 10-hit, 10-error fiasco which is best to be forgotten! Kashas scored the lone Ice run.
It was followed by a more respectable sounding 6-3 loss where Alicia pitched a two- hitter but gave up four earned runs and hit two batters, as her teammates made a couple errors.
Line score: Ice – 3 runs, 3 hits, 2 err, 2 lob; Wizards – 6 runs, 2 hits, 0 err, 6 lob.
The offense for Ice was a two for two, two-run showing by Bierle; a single for Brown, and a Weydert score on a visitor error.