U-14 Stingers place 2nd at Ringneck

U-14 Stingers place 2nd at Ringneck
The U-14 Vermillion Stingers softball team was entered in the Sioux Falls Ringneck Invitational played at the Sherman Park softball complex on Saturday and Sunday, July 1-2.

The team fell on hard times early as they suffered three straight shutout losses against some powerful out-of-state teams. They made a great comeback by winning the next three games, then losing an extra inning game to end up with a second place in the B division.

The results of game one in the consolation round was a Stinger victory 5-2 in five innings, over a Cottage Grove, MN team. Brianna Brinkman pitched a seven hitter, registering seven Ks. Significant offensive stats were: Brinkmaan � 1 for 1, one run; Chelsea Houska � 1 for 2, two runs; Jenny Bye � 1 for 2, one run; and Jana Bye � 1 for 2, one run.


Game two on Sunday matched the Stingers with the Belleview Shockers. The Stingers won 10-2.

Jenny Bye pitched a no-hit, six-inning game, recording 13 Ks. The team scoring was scattered among: Ashley Ouelette � 2 for 4, two runs; Jenny Bye � 2 for 3, three runs; Ali True � 2 for 4, one run; Molly Lecates � 2 for 4, one run; Donica Crichton � 1 for 4, one run. Kayla Munger and Jana Bye each scored a run. Jana had two hits.

Not to be undone, Brinkman pitched a six-inning shutout, giving up five hits, registering two Ks, and depending on a super team defense for a 7-0 victory.

Brianna contributed to her cause by scoring three runs on 3 for 4 batting. Ashley Ouelette � 2 for 3, two runs; Chelsea Houska and Jenny Bye each were 2 for 3, scoring one run.

The fourth game was a six-inning loss to Brandon Speed 12-7. Jenny Bye pitched six innings, to a 7-7 draw, but gave up five runs in the extra inning and the team was shutout to end the game.

Scoring for the Stingers: Chelsea Houska � 3 for 5, two runs; Ashley Ouelette � 2 for 4, two runs; Jenny Bye � 3 for 3, one run; Ali True � 4 for 4, one run; Brianna Brinkman � 3 for 5, one run.

The Stingers will now enter the league tournament, followed by the state tournament, then they will travel to the national tournament.

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