Stingers finish second at Golden Girls Tourney

Stingers finish second at Golden Girls Tourney
The Vermillion Stingers capitalized on two no-hit pitching performances and a dramatic walk-off home run to go 4-2 and finish second at the Golden Girls Invitational Fastpitch Tournament held in Norfolk, NE June 11 and 12.

Stingers � 12 vs.

Norfolk Golden Girls � 0

Stingers' pitcher Jenny Bye threw a no-hit perfect game to open tournament play against the host team Norfolk Golden Girls. Bye struck out eight and didn't allow a single base runner in the game shortened to 4 innings because of the 12-run rule.

Ashley Ouellette led the offensive going 3-for-3 and scoring twice, followed by Kayla Munger who was 2-for-3 and also scored twice. In the end, nine different players recorded hits and went on to score at least once.

Stingers � 6 vs.

Omaha Echos � 1

In game two, Brianna Brinkman held a good Omaha Echos team in check for five innings striking out six, while giving up only two hits to earn the victory. The Stingers featured an efficient offensive by scoring six runs on six hits.

Vermillion scored early when Chelsea Houska and Jenny Bye had first inning hits and each went on to score. They expanded their lead in the fourth and fifth innings as Molly LeCates, Ashley Ouellette and Kayla Munger each recorded base hits and scored.

Stingers � 3 vs.

Yankton Fury � 7

In their last pool play game, the Stingers and eventual champion Yankton Fury took a close 1-run game into the last inning before Yankton scored three to earn a 7-3 victory.

Jenny Bye and Donica Crichton each had two hits while Brianna Brinkman, Chelsea Houska, Ali Truhe and Ashley Ouellette each had one. Bye took the pitching loss.

Stingers � 6 vs.

Sioux Falls Xplosion � 5

In the first game of bracket play, the Stingers came away with a dramatic 1-run victory as Jenny Bye hit a 2-run home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the seventh inning. The game was tied at four heading into the last inning when the Xplosion scored once to take a 5-4 lead.

Ashley Ouellette led off the bottom of the inning with a single to centerfield to set-up Bye's walk-off homer. Also recording hits for the Stingers were Chelsea Houska, Molly LeCates and Jana Bye.

Jenny Bye got the pitching win with 11 strikeouts and allowing only 4 hits.

Stingers � 7 vs.

Columbus Fire & Ice � 2

Vermillion advanced to the tournament finals as Brianna Brinkman pitched a no-hitter recording 10 strikeouts to hand Columbus their first loss of the tournament. Kayla Munger and Molly LeCates led the offense.

Munger was 3-for-3 and scored three times, LeCates was 2-for-4 and scored once. Also recording hits were Chelsea Houska, Ashley Ouellette, Jenny Bye, Jana Bye and Erica Johnson.

Stingers � 0 vs.

Yankton Fury � 12

In the finals Vermillion suffered their second loss to the Fury in a 3-inning game shortened by the 12-run rule. Offensively, the Stingers didn't manage a hit off Yankton's ace and after some defensive errors they couldn't stop Yankton's momentum. The Fury went undefeated in capturing the championship.

"The girls had a great weekend, finishing second at the Golden Girls Tournament is really quite an accomplishment," said head coach Matt Brandhagen. "The two no-hitters and the game-winning home run were fun to be a part off and something you don't see often. It's also exciting to play some teams from Nebraska and see how we compare."

The Stingers record is now 16-8. Their next tournament action is June 23-24 at the Rushmore Classic in Rapid City.

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