The Elk Point-Jefferson 16U softball team went undefeated at the USA Softball South Dakota Youth Fastpitch tournament June 9-11 in Sioux Falls. The team started off with a 15-2 blasting of Storm, but things tightened up after that. EPJ won 5-4 over Rapid City Crush, 1-0 over AfterShock and 4-3 over Rapid City Inferno. AfterShock came back through the losers bracket to take on the Huskies once again in the championship game. This time, the EPJ offense left no doubt, taking a decisive 9-0 win.
The 14U team lost early, 0-12 in the first round to eventual champion Dells. The Huskies worked their way back through the loser’s bracket, beating Winner Storm 10-2 and Spark 5-4. The EPJ offense started a fire, as they defeated Avon 16-0, Scotland Highlanders 10-3 and RC 605 17-1. Unfortunately, they had to play Dells again, losing 3-12 for 3rd place.
The 12U state experience was cut short with 2 early losses. They lost to Purple Crush, 7-11 and 5-8 to Pierre White Outs to end their season.
Special thanks to Melissa Curry and Heidi Nearman for photos, scores and athlete identifications.