This past Saturday opened a breezy and cloudy tourney day for 12U and 14U softball players. Teams from Glendive, Glasgow, and Sidney came to play their end of the year tournament at South Meadow fields. The tournament was double elimination and began at 10 a.m. for both leagues. The 14U bracket included Glasgow (6-0), Sidney (3-3), and Glendive (0-6) while the 12U bracket included Sidney Trendz (5-2), Glasgow (4-3), and Sidney Edward Jones (0-7).
The first game for 12U saw Sidney Edward Jones versus Glasgow with Glasgow taking the win. Fellow Sidney team, Sidney Trendz, went on to play Glasgow and also lost. The two Sidney teams then faced each other and underdog Sidney Edward Jones took the win.
Sidney Edward Jones faced Glasgow for a second time and took the win from that game as well. Due to the double elimination rule, Glasgow and Sidney Edward Jones played again for the final game and Glasgow took away the league tournament win.
In the first 14U game of the day, Sidney faced Glendive in a close game that kicked off the day with great plays from both teams. Although Glendive made the first score of the game, Sidney responded with five runs in the first inning.
Number 22, Trudi Speldrich, showed off strong Sidney defense catching a power shot along the third baseline. Lilly Wick hit two RBIs with a fly ball to centerfield. Scoring one more run in the fifth inning, Sidney took the win with a score of 8-7 propelling them to the next round of the tournament.
Facing the number one ranked team in the tournament, Sidney tried to keep their momentum against Glasgow. Unfortunately the girls were unable to hold back Glasgow runs. With strong pitches by Lilly Wick, Glasgow was given a bit of a fight. The game ended with Glasgow taking the win with a score of 15-5.
With the tournament being double elimination, Sidney then had to play a third game straight against Glendive. The girls did have small breaks for lunch and refueling. Despite playing for almost four hours straight, Sidney brought smart offensive and defensive plays to their second matchup against Glendive.
The game kicked off with a powerful double play by Speldrich who caught a ball near second base and then threw it for another out at first. Lilly Wick landed an RBI for Sidney’s first score of this game. On offense, Sidney kept the bases loaded for the majority of the game and managed to take the win with multiple RBIs and players stealing home. The game ended with a score of 15-5 with Sidney moving on to play Glasgow for the final game.
After having played three straight games, Sidney began to feel the fatigue. However, the girls didn’t give up. They went in with solid defensive plays. However, Glasgow’s defense proved to be a bit stronger than Sidney’s. Glasgow’s pitcher had a unique pitching style that many of the girls found hard to land a hit from. The game ended with a score of 12-3, Glasgow taking the tournament win. Following the last game, there was a cookout and award ceremony for the winning teams.