Vermillion Blaze 12 & Under Girls finish second at state fastpitch tourney

Vermillion Blaze 12 & Under Girls finish second at state fastpitch tourney The Vermillion Blaze 12 & under girls softball team captured second place at the State Modified Fastpitch Tournament held July 15-17 at Sherman Park in Sioux Falls.

The Blaze capitalized on explosive hitting, scoring 88 runs in seven games, and solid defense to post a 5-2 record during the 3-day tournament.

Both of Vermillion�s losses came to champion Platte. The first came on Friday afternoon in an 11-12 thriller, and the second in Sunday afternoon�s championship match � Vermillion�s third game of the day.

"The girls had a great weekend," said coach Scott Munger. "To have a one-run loss like we did on Friday, and play yourself all the way back into Sunday�s championship game is really extraordinary. The girls played seven games under the pressure of a state tournament with temperatures in the 90s and responded like champions."

Individual game reports are as follows:

Vermillion Blaze � 10, Salem � 7

The Blaze were one of four teams to draw a first round game on Friday morning and recorded a 10-7 win. Molly LeCates had three hits and scored three runs to lead the offense. Ellen Brown had two hits and Claire Jones, Jana Bye, Kayla Munger, Sierra Allen, Melissa Moe and Megan Bottolfson each had one. Allen was the winning pitcher.

Vermillion Blaze � 11, Platte � 12

Friday afternoon the Blaze suffered a tough one-run loss to eventual champion Platte. Molly LeCates and Kayla Munger each had two hits, while Munger and Lindsay Robinet each scored twice. Also recording base hits were Claire Jones, Jana Bye, Sierra Allen and Melissa Moe. Bye and Allen handled the pitching.

Vermillion Blaze � 20, Madison Motion � 2

The Blaze started their trek through the losers bracket Saturday by erupting for 20 runs against a Madison team that had defeated them earlier in the year. Molly LeCates and Jana Bye each had three hits and Claire Jones, Kayla Munger and Bethany Prinsen had two.

Also recording base hits were Ellen Brown, Lindsay Robinet and Carlee Sorensen. Sierra Allen was the winning pitcher.

Vermillion Blaze � 16, Bonesteel-Fairfax � 6

Key plays late in the game by Molly LeCates and Kayla Munger helped Vermillion eliminate a very good Bonesteel-Fairfax team that entered the state tournament with a 23-1 record.

Munger helped shut down a Bonesteel-Fairfax rally in the fifth inning by catching a line drive and then forcing out a runner at third base for the unassisted double play. LeCates� bases-loaded triple in the top of the last inning helped key a 10-run inning which broke open the game that had been tied.

For the game, LeCates had three hits and Claire Jones had two. Also recording hits were Jana Bye, Sierra Allen, Ellen Brown and Lindsay Robinet. Sierra Allen was the winning pitcher.

Vermillion Blaze � 14, Canton Crushers � 2

Vermillion began Sunday morning with a convincing 12-run win over Canton. Claire Jones, Sierra Allen, Ellen Brown, and Bethany Prinsen each had two hits. Molly LeCates, Jana Bye, Kayla Munger, Linday Robinet and Melissa Moe each had one hit. Allen was the winning pitcher.

Vermillion Blaze � 8, Parker Stern Oil � 7

The Blaze eliminated a good Parker team with a one-run win to earn a birth in the championship game. Kayla Munger had two hits while Claire Jones, Molly LeCates, Bethany Prinsen and Lindsay Robinet each had one.

Sierra Allen put in another outstanding pitching performance winning her fifth game of the tournament.

Vermillion Blaze � 9, Platte � 17

A two-out rally in the first inning by Platte led to an 11-run inning and the Blaze were never able to take the lead in the championship game. Ellen Brown was 4-for-4 and scored twice to lead the offense. Sarah Szymonski, Lindsay Robinet, Bethany Prinsen, Sierra Allen and Claire Jones also recorded base hits.

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