The Hartford Sparx 18U softball team got two wins over the Yankton Fury Fire 18U team on Thursday, June 17th. The Sparx won by scores of 12-2 and 11-6.
In the first game, Yankton held a 2-1 lead after the first inning. Hartford scored two times in the bottom of the second, but it was a nine-run third inning that solidified the win for Hartford.
McKenna Sichmeller had two triples in the game with four RBIs. Grace Harden had three hits. Caitlyn Maa finished with two hits and an RBI. Addy Kramer had a triple and RBI. Brooke Opitz, Avery Evans, Taylor Kunzweiler, and Riley Morrison all had an a hit and RBI. Jenna Lueth also had an RBI. Harden pitched all four innings allowing two earned runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
Despite a closer score in the second game, the Sparx still took control of the game early in the top of the first scoring seven times. Yankton cut the lead to 7-5 with a five-run second inning, but Hartford make sure there would not be a comeback as they scored four times in the top of the third.
Olivia Brown had three hits and four RBIs in the second game. Kramer had a hit and two RBIs. Evans, Kunzweiler, and Morrison all had a hit and RBI. Maa finished with two hits. Opitz and Lueth both had an RBI. Kunzweiler pitched three innings allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts.