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All Star softball team finishes fourth in tourney

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Last weekend an all star team of players compiled from the 12-and-under Clay County Girls Softball League played in the Wabash Valley Penny McKee Tournament in Terre Haute.

The squad, nicknamed the "Blaze" finished fourth in the eight-team tournament, winning two and losing a pair.

The tournament was a benefit for Muscular Dystrophy with all entry fees going to MDA.

Finishing ahead of the Blaze was the Avon Attack, Indian Creek and the Terre Haute Live Wires.

In their first game, the Blaze downed the Wabash Valley All Stars, 25-3 as Shelby Colson and Katie Smith combined for the win on the mound. Ashlyn Yocom and Kirstin Kimball had doubles and Jonna Harlan added a triple at the plate. Both Misty Rissler and Kylee Thacker had a pair of hits.

Despite a loss in their second game, versus the Live Wires, 13-5, the Blaze showed a great deal of improvement from a previous tournament game this year where they fell 9-0 to the same squad.

In the third game, a see-saw contest developed and was not decided until the final frame when the Blaze tallied seven runs to defeated the Covered Bridge All Stars 14-9.

Smith threw three innings and struck out seven and Colson came in to close out the game, allowing a pair of unearned runs.

On offense, Olivia Kumpf had a pair of doubles and a triple. Yocom, Thacker and Erica Lee each had doubles and Thacker, Colson and Hannah Van Horn each had two hits. Kumpf had three hits with a walk.

In their final contest, the Blaze fell to the Attack 10-5, a great improvement from a previous 22-7 defeat in May.

The Attack jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning with a double, a walk and a couple of errors. But the Blaze rebounded for three runs of their own as Rissler opened the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Thacker.

Kumpf then drilled a liner that hit the opposing pitcher in the stomach, Rissler would move to third on the play. Avon's hurler would not return.

Lee and Yocom each drew walks before Rissler was thrown out attempting to score on a passed ball. Van Horn then walked to refill the bases and both Kumpf came home on another passed ball and Lee was walked home. A single by Colson later scored the Blaze's third run.

Avon would add a run in the third and five in the fourth to make the score 10-3 before Harlan and Laci Raines scored late to finish the scoring.

The Blaze will play in the MSA tournament from June 20-22 at Terre Haute.

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