Stingers place third at Omaha tourney The Vermillion Stingers competed in the Omaha Quakes Softball Classic over the weekend of April 25-April 27, taking away a third place finish in the 16 and under B division. Game One Results: The Stingers started the tournament with a convincing 6-0 win over the Mitchell, SD Storm. The Stingers scored three runs in the first inning highlighted by an RBI single off of the bat of Ashley Ouellette and three runs in the sixth inning highlighted by an RBI double by Megan Chickering. Jenny Bye pitched a complete game shutout in overpowering fashion, striking out 18 of the 22 batters that she faced, while allowing only one hit and one walk.�? Seven different Stingersâ�?�? players collected one hit apiece and Molly LeCates, Chelsea Houska, Ali Truhe, Jenny Bye, Chickering and Jana Bye all scored one run each. Game Two Results: The second game, contested against the Lincoln, NE Swingers ended with the Stingers on the short end of a 4-0 loss. The Stinger bats were silenced, only collecting two hits during the contest. Truhe had one double for the Stingers and was the only player to reach third base. Jenny Bye had the only other Stinger hit, a single in the first inning. Houska went the distance on the pitching mound, allowing only three earned runs on five hits, while giving up three walks and striking out two batters. The Stingers comitted two fielding errors. Game Three Results: The third game of the tournament found the Stingers again on the losing end of a 3-0 game against the Omaha Suburban Pride team. Ouellette and Chickering each had one single for the Stingers, whose bats were slienced for the second straight contest.�? Ouellette was the only runner to reach second base as the Stingers never mounted any serious scoring threats.�? The pitching effort of Jenny Bye was commendable. Only one of the opponent's three runs was earned. The other two came as a result of two Stinger first inning errors.�? Bye pitched all six innings of the contest, giving up nine hits and striking out 6 Pride batters. Game Four Results: The final game of the Stingersâ�?�? tournament was a matchup with the eventual tournament champion South Dakota Fusion. The Stinger bats were once again silent in the 5-0 loss.�? Molly LeCates picked up the lone Stinger hit, a single in the fourth inning. Jenny Bye pitched a dominant game, striking out 16 Fusion batters, but the Stinger defense was uncharacteristically sloppy, allowing all five Fusion runs to be scored following Stinger fielding miscues.�? Bye allowed six hits and one walk during the contest. â�?�?This was a very frustrating tournament for the girls. We faced some good pitching, but the girls have faced good pitching before with much different results.�? When athletes get frustrated, the tendency is to press and try harder, which sometimes can be counterproductive,â�? coach Dave Chickering said. â�?�?It is early in the season, so we are confident that the bats will come around. â�?�?We are very happy with the pitching efforts of both Jenny and Chelsea. They both have control of the their pitches and are forcing the opponents to earn their way on base.�? Defensively, with the exception of the last game, we played pretty well. Itâ�?�?s unfortunate to end the tournament with our poorest fielding effort,â�? he said. â�?�?Anytime your pitcher strikes out 16 batters, you should be able to win those games. The bottom line, however, is that weâ�?�?re not going to win many games getting one or two hits and not scoring any runs, so we definitely know what we need to work on and we have total confidence that the girls will continue to work hard in practice on their hitting.â�? The next Stinger contest is a double header on May 6 at Brandon.
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