Vermillion Blaze finishes third at State

Vermillion Blaze finishes third at State
Game 1 – Blaze vs. West Central Xpress Blaze wins big, 17-5.

Emily McClelland was the winning pitcher for the Blaze. Sami Girard scored three times. Courtney Johnson was 2-2, Lizzy Bye was 3-4, Lexi Regnerus was 3-3, Beth Szymonski was 3-4, Emily McClelland was 2-4, and Rory Tucker added a single.

Game 2 ��Blaze vs. Rapid City Explosion

Lizzy Bye was the winning pitcher in the 15-0 game, pitching a no-hitter and striking out seven of the 10 batters. Girard was on top of the game as well as Bye, with both going 3-3 at the plate. Regnerus, Szymonski, McClelland and Tucker each added two singles.

Shelby Christopherson had the big hits of the game, hitting two triples.

Game 3 ��Blaze vs. Rapid City Flames Red

Blaze lost 10-6. "The big problem was getting the bat rolling at the end of the game," said coach Shelly Bye. The Flames were consistent, scoring 3-4 runs in three innings. The Blaze only scored 1 in the last three innings.

For the Blaze, Johnson, Regnerus, McClelland and Girard all hit singles. Szymonski added two singles and Bye ended up 2-3 with two doubles.

Game 4 – Blaze vs. Rapid City Extreme

The Blaze won 7-1 and Lizzy Bye was the winning pitcher, striking out seven and giving up four hits. Offensively, Johnson hit two singles, Regnerus hit 3-4, and Szymonski and McClelland each added two singles.

Game 5 ��Blaze vs. Sioux Falls Fury

The Blaze has battled with the Fury in the past, but this time they came out on top, winning 3-7. Bye was the winning pitcher, striking out 8.

The Blaze had a great second and third inning, scoring 3 and 6. Girard did an awesome job catching, and went 3-5 at the plate.

Christopherson added a single and a double. McClelland, Regnerus and Tucker each crossed home plate three times, and Sabrina Rasmussen went 2-2 with some great hits. Blair Gilkyson added a single to help the cause.

Game 6 ��Blaze vs. Rapid City Flames Red

Game 6, which was the third game the Blaze played on Sunday, proved to be a little too much. The Blaze battled the Rapid City Red again and came up short in the semifinal game. Bye pitched her third game of the day.

"Lizzy gave it her all," said coach Bye, "but three games in one day is a little much." For the Blaze, Johnson was 3-3 as well as Szymonski. McClelland hit a single and Christopherson added a single and a double.

"The Blaze girls had an incredible season," said Bye. "We all learned a lot this year and that includes me. The parents were amazing. We would also like to thank Chris Girard for helping coach this year."

The Blaze ended the season 30-7-2.

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