Vermillion girls U-16 Ice win state championship by Jim Prosser Travelling through a comfortable trip to a state championship, the U-16 Vermillion Ice softball team avenged an earlier "bump in the road" loss in the Sioux Falls hosted tournament, by defeating Hurley 13-8 in the finals.
The Ice are coached by Randy Isaacson, Keith Joy, and John Mueller.
A synopsis of the Ice journey through the competitors follows:
Game #1: Alicia Brown pitched a one-hit, five-run, five-inning game as the Ice overpowered Salem 14-5, taking advantage of their three miscues, and an 11-hit Vermillion performance.
Leading the onslaught were: Brittni Stewart � 4 for 4, 3 runs, 1 rbi; Annie Roche � 2 for 3, 2 runs; Krista Froke � 2 for 4, 1 run, 2 RBIs; Anna Isaacson scored 2 runs after a walk and an error.
Game #2: Facing Madison, the eight runs given up in the second inning by their pitcher, was too much for them to overcome as the Ice won 19-7. Ariel Hofman was the winning pitcher.
Line score was Madison � 7 R, 4 H, 1 E, 3 LOB; Vermillion � 19 R, 11 H, 3 E, 5 LOB.
Significant offensive contributors were: Hofman � 2 for 2, 3 runs, 2 RBIs; Brown � a homer, 3 runs, 2 RBIs; Margaret Mueller � 1 for 2, 3 runs.
Game #3: Playing Hurley for the first time in this tourney, the 9-8 setback was not too unexpected. Brown suffered the loss. The Ice offense was made up of one run by each of the top eight batters in the lineup.
Game #4 matched Ice with Canton in the loser�s bracket, where Alicia Brown pitched a comeback game, giving up two runs on five hits while registering five Ks.
Brown also had 2 home runs on 3 for 3 hitting, 3 runs, 4 RBIs; Ariel Hofman was 2 for 4, 3 runs, 1 rbi; Annie Roche � 1 for 3, 2 runs; Stewart � 2 for 3, 1 run; and Kinsey Weydert � 1 for 3, 1 run.
Game #5: On Sunday, July 17, the Ice had a return engagement with Hurley in the semi final contest. This time the results were much better as Hofman tossed a no hitter and every body on the Ice lineup scored.
The challenging Ice put up three runs in the first inning, and Hurley scored two in the first on two walks and an error. After that, it was only a matter of time before Vermillion�s offense came up with a six-run fifth inning to give Hofman the 10-2 victory. Annie Roche scored twice; Hofman had a triple and Froke had a double.
Game #6 had the championship on the line and while 13-8 was the winning final score, Hofman held the opposition at bay until late when she gave up five runs in the fifth and sixth innings. She gave up seven hits and struck out four, while the team was charged with two errors.
Line score: Ice � 13 R, 10 H, 2 E, 8 lob; Hurley � 8 R, 7 H, 5 E, 4 lob.
Scoring for Ice: Brown � 1 for 5 (a homer), 2 runs, 1 rbi; Stewart � 3 for 3, 3 runs; Krista Froke � 1 for 3, 2 runs; Isaacson � 1 for 3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Katie Kashas � 2 for 2, 1 run; Roche � 1 for 3, 1 run; Hofman and Weydert each scored a run.
With the state championship in hand, the season record is 29 wins, 7 losses (unofficially).