Stingers go 2-3 at Nationals Tourney

Stingers go 2-3 at Nationals Tourney
Vermillon's Stingers were entered in the National AFA 16U Softball Tournament, played in Tulsa, OK, during the week of July 24-28.

All pool play games were 5 innings; all regular tournament games were 7 innings.

The team won the first two pool games, but didn't fare too well in the tournament, losing three.

The games statistics follow:

Game #1 was against Oklahoma Crude, a 9-0 win .

Line totals: Stingers – 9 R, 7 H, 0 E, 6 LOB; OK Crude – 0 R, 3 H, 3 E, 3 LOB.

Jenny Bye recorded 9 Ks in 3 innings for the win. Kirea Kraemer relieved and went 2 innings, recording 2 Ks and 1 hit.

The offense was led by Anna Erickson, going 2 for 2, 1 run, 3 RBIs and Jenny Bye – 1 for 4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs. Ashley Ouellette – 1 for 3, 2 runs, 1 RBI; Chelsea Houska – 1 for 3, 1 run; Donica Crichton – 1 for 2, 1 run; Ali Truhe – 1 for 4, 1 run; Megan Chickering – 1 RBI (pinch hit sac fly). Britt Bye scored the other run.

"The girls came out very strong for game one. Jenny was overpowering, giving up only 2 runs. Anna has really been hitting the ball well, late in the season.

"Her two doubles and 3 RBIs were key to the offense. Jenny, Ashley, and Megan also had RBIs. It's nice to get offensive production from the entire lineup, not just the 3, 4 and 5 batters," said coach Dave Chickering.

In the second game, the Stingers faced the Kansas City Predators. "This was another strong outing for Jenny," coach Chickering said. She was amazing in the last 3 innings, throwing strikes on the corners with all her pitches. She struck out the last eight batters."

Line score: Stingers – 8 R, 7 H, 0 E, 2 LOB; Sparx KC Predators – 1 R, 3 H, 1 E, 3 LOB.

Offensive stats in the game: Brittany Bye 1 for 2, 1 run, 1 RBI; Donica Crichton – 2 for 3, 2 runs; Houska – 1 run; Jenny Bye – 1 for 3, 1 run, 3 RBIs; Erica Johnson – 1 for 2, with 1 run scored, 2 RBIs; Erickson – 1 for 2, 1 run, 1 RBI; Molly LeCates – 1 for 2, 1 RBI.

"Jenny's 3-run triple in the top of the fourth broke the game open, and we again had production from the last few hitters in the lineup. Donica also had a strong game in the leadoff position. She has a very good on base percentage, which you want from a leadoff batter," coach Chickering said.

The third game was against Oklahoma Pink Poison, a 6-2 loss.

Line scores: Pink Poison – 6 R, 7 H, 0 E, 4 LOB; Stingers – 2 R, 6 H, 0 E, 4 LOB.

Offense stats: Britt Bye – 2 for 2, 1 run, 1 RBI; Ali Truhe – 1 for 2, 1 RBI; Houska, Erickson, and Chickering each had a hit.

"Brittany Bye and Ali Truhe both had RBIs in the game, but the rest of the lineup only had 3 hits, which made it tough to score," coach Chickering said.

"I felt that the home plate umpire 'squeezed' Jenny a little, not giving her the strikes on the corners. She hit a batter and walked three others in the 5-run third inning, when she normally doesn't do that in an entire 7-inning game. In a 5-inning game, it's hard to recover from a 5-run lapse in one inning."

Game #4 pitted the Stingers vs. R.C. OK Pressures (first game of double elimination tournament) another loss for Jenny Bye, 4-3.

Line score: Stingers – 3 R, 4 H, 2 E, 7 LOB; OK Pressure – 4 R, 7 H, 0 E, 5 LOB.

Offensive stats: Houska – 2 for 3, 1 run, 1 RBI, Britt Bye – 2 for 4, 1 RBI; Johnson – 3 for 3; 1 run; Jenny – 1 for 4, 1 run, 1 RBI.

"This was a heartbreaking loss. We gave up 3 runs in the first inning but were very strong after that, with Jenny 3 hits after the first.and striking out 11 batters," coach Chickering said. "We left seven runners on base, which absolutely killed us.

"I felt we were the better team, but in a 1-run game, the little things count and we made some mental errors that hurt us late in the game. We jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, but had some mental lapses in the late innings."

Game #5 was a match vs. Kansas City Eclipse, a 6-1 loss in 7 innings, as Jenny pitched another good game surrendering 7 hits and striking out 8 batters.

Totals: Stingers – 1 R, 6 H, 8 E, 8 LOB; Eclipse – 6 R, 7 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.

Significant offensive statistics: LeCates – 1 for 2, 1 run; Britt Bye – 1 for 3, 1 RBI.

"Our defense committed a very uncharacteristic eight errors. It was like watching a completely different team. We normally don't commit more than a couple in a game, so that part was frustrating for the girls. Offensively, we only got 5 hits in the seven innings," coach Chickering said.

"The main thing the girls should take away from this (40 team) tournament is that they can compete at this level. We did not see any team here that we felt we couldn't compete well against. The girls were frustrated and disappointed to end the season as we did, but that doesn't take away from the great season that they had.

"We are a very young team. Should we decide to stay in the 16U division next year, eight of the 11 girls will still qualify to play. Our final record for the year was 35-16-1. I am very proud of every one of these team members. They are an extremely talented group of softball players," he said.

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