The Hartford Sparx played four games at Sherman Park in Sioux Falls at the state tournament between Friday, July 8th and Sunday, July 10th. The Sparx split in the four games finishing 2-2.
SD Phoenix 18U 12, Hartford Sparx 2
Hartford allowed seven runs in the bottom of the first inning and couldn’t recover in a 12-2 loss to SD Phoenix 18U on Friday. The Sparx got the first run of the game in the top of the first on an RBI single by Addy Kramer. After SD Phoenix scored seven times in the first, they had a run in the second and four more in the third. Avery Evans had a home run for Hartford in the top of the fourth.
Evans had a home run and an RBI. Kramer had a single and an RBI. Grace Harden also had a single. Harden pitched three innings and allowed five earned runs on three hits and four walks. Taylor Kunzweiler took the loss pitching two innings and allowed seven earned runs on seven hits and a walk.
Hartford Sparx 7, Yankton Fury Red 18U 3
The Sparx rebounded with a 7-3 win over Yankton Fury Red 18U on Saturday.
Caitlyn Maa had an RBI single for Harford in the top of the first. Payten Meinke had an RBI single in the top of the second to give the Sparx a 2-0 lead. Yankton tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the second, and then they took the lead in the bottom of the third.
Hartford had a big five-run inning in the top of the fourth. Harden brought home two with a double. Evans followed with an RBI single, and Kramer also had an RBI single. Maa brought home the final run of the inning with a single.
Harden had three hits, two doubles, and two RBIs. Maa had two hits and two RBIs. Karmer added two hits and an RBI. Evans finished with a single and an RBI. Riley Morrison and Bryten Roth both had two hits, while Jenna Lueth had a single. Harden pitched four innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
Hartford Sparx 2, Fusion Heat 18U 0
In their second game of the day on Saturday, the Sparx got a 2-0 shutout win over Fusion Heat. Evans had an RBI double, and Kramer had an RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning. Those two runs were enough for Kunzweiler. She pitched six innings and allowed six hits and two walks while striking out four.
Evans finished with a double and an RBI. Kramer had two singles and an RBI. Maa also had two hits, and Harden finished with a single.
Cyclones Red 18U 6, Hartford Sparx 2
The weekend ended for the Sparx on Sunday with a 6-2 loss to Cyclones Red. The Cyclones scored all six of their runs in the first three innings. They scored two runs in the bottom of the first, three in the bottom of the second, and one more in the bottom of the third.
Maa had a two-run home run in the top of the fourth for Hartford. Harden, Karmer, and McKenna Sichmeller all had singles. Harden pitched two innings and allowed five earned runs on five hits and four walks. Kunzweiler pitched two innings and allowed an earned run on two hits and a walk.