SIOUX FALLS — Two Yankton teams finished second and two more Yankton teams finished third in their respective divisions of the South Dakota Amateur Softball Association’s Youth Fastpitch Tournament, which concluded on Sunday in Sioux Falls.
The Yankton River Bandits and Yankton Fury Hornets each earned runner-up finishes, the River Bandits in the 12-under ‘A’ division and the Fury Hornets in the 10-under ‘B’ division. The Yankton Fury Xtreme were third in the 18-under ‘B’ division, with the Yankton Fury Red (32-16-2) third in the 12-under ‘B’ division.
Dakota Valley teams won two titles in younger divisions, the 12-under ‘C’ division and the 10-under ‘C’ division. The Tabor Lady Bluebirds were second in the 18-under ‘C’ division. The Vermillion Flamez were second in the 16-under ‘B’ division. Dakota Valley placed second in the 14-under ‘C’ division.
In the ‘B’ division, the Yankton Fury Xtreme finished third, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Midwest Lightning on Sunday. The Lightning also handed the Fury Xtreme their other tournament setback, a 9-5 decision on Saturday.
In the ‘C’ division, Tabor dropped an 8-1 decision to Pierre in the championship. The Lady Bluebirds forced a second final with an 8-5 victory earlier in the day.
Tabor advanced to the final with a 9-0 victory over Platte, as Platte finished in third place.
Midwest Lightning 4, Fury Xtreme 3
Midwest Lightning overcame a 10-6 deficit in hits to eliminate Yankton.
Hannah Matthies went 3-3 with two RBI, and Alix Peterka had two hits to lead Yankton. Megan McCorkell doubled, and Bailey Peterka, Traia Hubbard, Taylor Bauder and Lexie McCorkell each had a hit in the effort.
McCorkell took the loss, striking out two.
Fury Xtreme 10, Watertown Primetime 6
The Fury Xtreme used a seven-run fifth inning to stay alive on Sunday.
Six different Yankton players had two hits each, led by a triple and single by Alix Peterka. Lexie McCorkell, Hannah Mattheis and Traia Hubbard each doubled and singled, with Hubbard driving in a team-best three runs. Jill Orwig and Taylor Bauder each had two hits. Megan McCorkell had the other Yankton hit.
Orwig picked up the win, striking out five.
Fury Xtreme 12, R.C. Marauders 2
Yankton scored seven runs in the first to pull away from the Marauders on Saturday.
Bailey Peterka, Hannah Mattheis and Taylor Bauder each had three hits to lead Yankton. Alix Peterka doubled and singled, driving in three. Carissa Salvatori also doubled. Megan McCorkell, Jill Orwig, Traia Hubbard and Britney Davis each had hit in the victory.
Rose Kinyon had two of Rapid City’s three hits. Laura Johnson added a double and two RBI.
Orwig picked up the win, striking out five. Johnson took the loss, striking out three.
Midwest Lightning 9, Fury Xtreme 5
Midwest Lightning jumped out to a 6-0 lead and held on for a 9-5 victory over the Fury Xtreme, handing Yankton its first setback of the tourney.
Hannah Mattheis went 3-3 with two home runs and a double to lead Yankton. Lexie McCorkell had a pair of hits. Traia Hubbard and Britney Davis each had a hit.
Jill Orwig took the loss, striking out four in four innings of work.
The Vermillion Flamez fell to the Diamonds Fury 8-0 in the ‘B’ final. The Flamez won twice Sunday by a combined 22-4 to advance to the title game.
Elk Point-Jefferson finished third in the ‘C’ division, dropping a 9-1 decision to Rapid City Adrenaline.
The Yankton Fury 16s went 0-2 on the weekend.
Diamond Fury 8, Flamez 0
Vermillion was held to three hits as Diamond Fury clinched the ‘B’ title on Sunday.
Kailee Brinkman, Emma Brinkman and Sydni Hughes each had a hit for Vermillion. Emily Stockwell took the loss, allowing one earned run and striking out four.
Flamez 12, R.C. Sizzle 0
Vermillion avenged a Saturday loss to the Rapid City Sizzle, led by Emma Brinkman’s five-RBI effort.
Brinkman went 2-2 with a home run and a double, and Alisa Leber doubled and singled for Vermillion. Emily Stockwell, Bizzy Wood, Kailee Brinkman, Sydni Hughes, Brooke Assmus and Sydney Stockwell each had a hit in the victory.
Stockwell picked up the win, allowing two hits in the three-inning contest.
Diamond Thunder 10, Yankton Fury 9
The Diamond Thunder needed extra innings to eliminate Yankton 10-9 on Saturday.
Elsie Marquardt, Rachel Hamburg and Olivia Hummel each doubled and singled for Yankton. Marquardt had three RBI and three runs scored, Hamburg had a RBI and a run scored, and Hummel scored twice in the effort.
Chloe Koletzky also had two hits. Olivia Larson had a hit and two runs scored. Trinity Fitch drove in three runs, Taryn Bailey drove in a run and Kayli Jelsma scored a run for the Fury.
Hummel took the loss, striking out four.
S.F. Menace 6, Yankton Fury 3
Chloe Koletzky and Kaylie Jelsma each had a hit and a run scored for Yankton. Elsie Marquardt and Olivia Hummel each had a RBI. Hope Johnson added a run scored.
Flamez 11, Storm 4
Vermillion used big innings in the second and fourth innings to pull away from the Storm.
Kailee Brinkman and Sydni Hughes each doubled and singled to lead the Flamez. Emily Stockwell, Bizzy Wood and Brooke Assmus each had two hits. Payton Vellek tripled and Sydney Stockwell had a hit in the effort.
Emily Stockwell picked up the win, striking out three.
The Yankton Fury 14s lost both games Saturday to be eliminated. The teams that beat the Fury — the Brandon Rage and the Venom — faced off in the ‘B’ division championship.
Dakota Valley lost to Roy’s Force in the ‘C’ final, 4-3. The Panthers advanced to the final with an 8-3 victory over Scotland, as Scotland finished third.
Mitchell Venom 10, Yankton Fury 0
Joslyn Walloch and Lainie Keller each had a hit for Yankton as the Fury were eliminated.
Lexi Madson took the loss, striking out four.
Brandon Rage 10, Yankton Fury 2
Lexi Madson had a hit and a run scored for Yankton as the Fury suffered their first setback. Joslyn Walloch and Addison Binde each had a hit. Larkyn Mason scored a run in the effort.
Madson took the loss, striking out three.
Yankton Fury 1, R.C. Storm 0
Yankton’s Haley Lande drove in the game’s only run for a walkoff win over the Rapid City Storm on Friday night.
Lainie Keller, Addison Bindi and Lexi Madson each had a hit in the win.
Madson picked up the win, striking out eight.
Yankton Fury 12, Madison Rage 2
Lexi Madson and Lainie Keller each doubled and singled, with Madson scoring a run, as the Yankton Fury opened state tournament play with a rout of the Madison Rage on Friday afternoon.
Emma Sedlacek, Carley LaFrentz and Larkyn Mason each had a hit and a run scored for Yankton. Haley Lande and Addison Binde each had a hit. Joslyn Walloch and Paige Gullikson each scored in the win.
Madson struck out two in picking up the win.
The Yankton River Bandits dropped an 8-1 decision to Sioux Falls Diamonds Storm in the ‘A’ final. The River Bandits beat the Tigers 9-1 and the Brandon Valley Outlaws 11-9 to advance to the title game.
The Yankton Fury Red finished third, dropping a 12-5 decision to the Fusion Lightning. The eventual champion, Brookings Blast Mergen, beat Fury Red 12-0 for Yankton’s first tourney loss.
The Yankton Fury Black went 1-1 on Saturday and were eliminated.
In the ‘C’ division, Dakota Valley was the only team in the 2017 tournament to win the final after coming through the loser’s bracket, beating the Royals 9-1 in the ‘if’ game. Dakota Valley forced a second championship game with a 4-1 decision.
S.F. Diamonds Storm 8, River Bandits 0
Ellie Karolevitz, Emma Yost, Hannah Sailer, Addison Sedlacek and Grace Behrns each had a hit for Yankton. Karolevitz and Behrns pitched in the effort.
S.F. Fusion 12, Fury Red 5
The Sioux Falls Fusion jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on for a 12-5 victory, leaving Yankton in third.
Paige Hatch doubled and singled, driving in two, and Regan Garry and Tori Vellek had two hits each to lead Yankton. Britta Pietila had the other Yankton hit.
Annika Gordon took the loss, striking out four.
River Bandits 11, Brandon Valley Outlaws 9
Elle Feser had a double, a single, three RBI and two runs scored as Yankton edged Brandon Valley to advance to the final.
Emma Yost and Hannah Sailer also doubled and singled with a run scored, with Yost also driving in three runs. Ellie Karolevitz had a double and three runs scored.
Also for Yankton, Jill Eidsness, Addison Sedlacek, Grace Behrns, Thea Chance and Nora Welker each had a hit. Behrns drove in two runs, Eidsness scored twice, Sedlacek had a run scored and a RBI, and Chance scored in the effort.
Behrns picked up the win, striking out five.
Brookings Blast 12, Fury Red 0
Brookings used a pair of six-run innings to pull away from the Fury Red.
Tori Vellek had the lone Yankton hit. Regan Garry and Annika Gordon each pitched for Fury Red.
River Bandits 9, Harrisburg Tigers 1
Addison Sedlacek had two doubles and a RBI as Yankton opened Sunday’s action with a win, avenging a loss to the Tigers.
Elle Feser, Ellie Karolevitz and Hannah Sailer each doubled and singled. Feser also had three RBI and two runs scored. Karolevitz had two runs scored and a RBI. Sailer had a RBI and a run scored.
Emma Yost had two hits, and Jillian Eidsness, Thea Chance and Grace Behrns each had a hit. Eidsness scored twice, Chance had a RBI and a run scored and Behrns scored in the win.
Karolevitz picked up the win, striking out five.
Harrisburg Tigers 8, River Bandits 7
Yankton dropped into the loser’s bracket after a close loss to Harrisburg on Saturday.
Hannah Sailer had a triple, a single, a RBI and a run scored for Yankton. Elle Feser had a double, a single, a RBI and two runs scored. Ellie Karolevitz had a double, a single and a run scored. Emma Yost had two hits, a RBI and a run scored. Jillian Eidsness had two hits and a run scored. Addison Sedlacek had a double, a RBI and a run scored. Grace Behrns had a hit and a RBI, and Thea Chance and Angelina Bauer each had a hit in the effort.
Karolevitz took the loss, striking out two.
River Bandits 3, S.F. Diamond Xplosion 1
Grace Behrns struck out nine to pick up the win as Yankton earned an opening victory.
Ellie Karolevitz had a double and a run scored, and Addison Sedlacek and Elle Feser each had a hit and a run scored for Yankton. Hannah Sailer had a hit and a RBI. Emma Yost, Jillian Eidsness and Nora Welker each had a hit in the victory.
Fury Red 9, S.F. Sparks 7
Yankton rallied from an early 5-1 deficit to claim a 9-7 victory on Saturday.
Tori Vellek had a double, a single and three RBI to lead Yankton. Paige Hatch had two hits and four RBI. Brooklyn Townsend also had two hits. Camryn Zoeller doubled, and Grace Brockberg, Regan Garry, Annika Gordon and Britta Pietila each had a hit in the effort.
Gordon picked up the win, striking out five.
The Yankton Fury Hornets dropped an 11-10 decision to the Hartford Hotshots in the ‘B’ final. The Hornets, who lost 10-5 to Hartford earlier in the day, beat Brookings Red 13-10 to advance to the final.
In the ‘C’ division, Dakota Valley beat Lennox 15-4 for the title. The Yankton Fury Twisters won three straight games Saturday before falling in Saturday’s final game to be eliminated.
Hartford Hotshots 11, Fury Hornets 10
Yankton had seven hits in the final, including a double, two singles and a run scored for Kenadee Kozak. Mia Donner doubled and singled, scoring three times. Aubrie Lloyd had a double and a run scored. Quincy Gaskins also had a hit and a run scored. Madison Girard scored twice, and Olivia Binde and Isabella Maldonado each had a hit in the effort.
Girard took the loss, striking out five.
Fury Hornets 13, Brookings Blast 5
Kenadee Kozak and Taylor Hamburg each had three hits to lead Yankton.
Kozak had a triple, a double, a single and three runs scored. Hamburg had a double, two signles and two runs scored. Olivia Binde had a home run and three runs scored. Mia Donner also had a hit. Tori Hanson scored twice, and Quincy Gaskins, Isabella Maldonado and McKenna Eide each scored in the win.
Kozak picked up the win, striking out six.
Hartford 10, Fury Hornets 5
Kenadee Kozak had three hits and a run scored, and Mia Donner had a double, a single and two runs scored to lead Yankton. Also for Yankton, Olivia Binde had a hit and a run scored, McKenna Eide had a hit, and Tori Hanson scored a run.
Hanson started, striking oout four. Madison Girard struck out two in relief.
Fury Hornets 10, Harrisburg 7
Yankton pounded out five doubles on the way to a victory over Harrisburg on Saturday.
Mia Donner, McKenna Eide, Kenadee Kozak, Chayse Drotzmann and Quincy Gaskins each doubled for Yankton. Kozak and Gaskins each scored twice, with Drotzmann and Donner also scoring a run.
Also for Yankton, Tori Hanson had a hit and a run scored. Taylor Hamburg, Isabella Maldonado and Aubrie Lloyd each scored a run in the win.
Kozak struck out three in the win. Girard struck out four in relief.