Stingers win Vermillion Summer Slam tourney title The Vermillion Stingers fast pitch softball team claimed the 18 and under championship trophy of the Vermillion Summer Slam tournament held in Vermillion on May 31 and June 1. The championship was highlighted by a hard fought 1-0 victory in the championship game played against the Hartford Sparx. GAME RESULTS: Game One: The Stingers started the tournament with an emotional 4-2 loss to the Hartford Sparx. The Stingers took a 2-0 lead in to the last inning when the Sparx sandwiched a hit between one Stingers error and a hit batter to load the bases. The first pitch to the next batter was hit over the center field fence for a grand slam and a 4-2 Stingers loss. Jenny Bye took the loss despite striking out 12 batters and giving up just five hits. Ashley Ouellette had two hits and one RBI and Bri Brinkman recorded the other Stinger RBI with a double in the sixth inning. Ali Truhe, Jenny Bye and Megan Chickering also had one hit each. Ouellette and Brinkman scored the two Stingers runs. Game Two: The low point in the tournament was a 7-3 loss to Crofton. Three Stingers errors contributed to the winnerâ�?�?s seven runs, while the Stingers offense could only muster three runs on five hits. Brinkman collected two of the Stingers hits, while Donica Crichton, Molly LeCates and Jenny Bye each had one. Brinkmanâ�?�?s double resulted in one RBI, while Byeâ�?�?s single netted the other two Stinger runs. Crichton, LeCates and Jana Bye scored the Stinger runs. Game Three: The Stingers began their charge to the tournament title with an 8-6 victory over Watertown. The offensive onslaught started early, with the Stingers plating six runs in the second inning to blow the game open. Brinkman, Crichton, Jenny Bye and Chickering all collected one hit and one RBI each. Truhe collected two RBIs on a double to complete the second inning outburst. Brinkman, LeCates, Crichton, Chelsea Houska, Ouellette and Chickering each scored one run, while Jenny Bye scored twice. Jenny Bye also recorded the win on the pitcherâ�?�?s mound, pitching all seven innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits, while striking out eight Watertown batters. Game Four: The semifinal game of the tournament was a rematch with Crofton. The Stingers took advantage of the opportunity to avenge the previous dayâ�?�?s loss with a convincing 10-2 victory in just five innings. Houska pitched the entire game, allowing only two earned runs on four hits while striking out eight of the 19 batters she faced. The Stingersâ�?�? offense once again struck early, scoring eight runs in the first two innings. Crichton, Truhe, Jenny Bye and Ouellette collected two hits each. Both of Byeâ�?�?s hits were doubles, resulting in four RBIs. Truhe and Houska each had one RBI for the Stingers. Erica Johnson also had one hit and a run scored, while Crichton crossed the plate three times, Truhe twice and Brinkman, LeCates and Chickering once each. Championship Game: The 1-0 Stingers victory was one of many historically close games against the Hartford Sparx. The only score of the contest came in the second inning when Jenny Bye laced a one out double and Ouellette drove her in with a two out sharp single to center field. Offensively, Bye led the Stingers with two hits, while Brinkman, Ouellette and Chickering each had one hit. Defensively the Stingers were sharp, committing no errors during the contest. Bye was again overpowering on the mound, pitching all seven innings, recording 12 strikeouts, with no walks. â�?�?This was a great tournament win for the girls. I am extremely proud of the way they responded to losing the first two games. It would have been very easy to give up after a couple of very frustrating losses,â�? said coach Dave Chickering. â�?�?Offensively we are starting to hit the ball better up and down the lineup. Defensively, we were a little shaky early, but the girls played great the last three games, committing no errors during the three winning games. The championship game was just a great game to watch with two good teams battling each other to the last out. â�?�?Chelsea and Jenny both pitched great games on Sunday. Ali has been calling pitches for the first time this year and she is doing a great job in her catcherâ�?�?s position. She has a great head for the game and has a knack for mixing up the pitches to keep the hitters off balance,â�? the coach said. â�?�?She also threw out two runners trying to steal second in the championship game, which were huge plays in a one run game.â�? The Stingers will be in action next at the Yankton tournament the weekend of June 14-15.
By David Lias For most people in Vermillion, Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson have been merely images on newsprint. The … Read Article