Elizabeth Bye and Emily McClelland shared pitching duties striking out 9, allowing 3 hits and 1 walk. Beth Szymonski hit a triple in the third inning to start a 6 run rally. Other Blaze with hits were Sami Girard with a double; Lexi Regnerus and Bye both hit singles. The Blaze played a good defensive game and were aggressive base runners.
Game 2 – Vermillion 3 – Sioux Falls Fury 5
Blaze lost a tough one in the rain to the eventual champions, Sioux Falls Fury. Lizzy Bye was the pitcher for the Blaze, striking out 12, gaving up 3 walks and 3 hits. Courtney Johnson, Girard, Szymonski, Regnerus, Shelby Christopherson, Sabrina Rasmussen and Bye all had hits.
Game 3 – Vermillion Blaze 11 – Elk Point Jefferson 2
The Blaze had a great start, scoring 5 in the first inning and 4 in the second inning. Johnson, Szymonski, Bye, and Melissa Chickering all hit doubles. Regnerus, Mariah Larson, Bye and Blair Gilkyson all chipped in singles.
Game 4 – Vemillion Blaze 11-Platte 5
Bye and McClelland shared pitching duties again. Bye struck out 3 and allowed no hits or runs. McClelland allowed only 3 hits. The blaze had their bats working again. Bye hit a double and a single; McClelland, Gilkyson, Rasmussen, Christopherson and Regnerus all hit singles.
The tourney then got called because of rain. The Blaze ended up 3-1 and took second place. The Blaze now has a record of 7-2-2.