The U17 Central Energy team showed their talent competing in the Ringneck Softball Tournament in Sioux Falls, SD. The team went 3-0 in pool play with convincing wins over the Trojanettes from Missouri by a score of 12-6, the Nebraska Quakes 9-1 and the hometown Dakota Energy 5-3. Brooklyn Friesen led the offense in round robin play with 7 hits in 8 at bats, including 2 home runs. She also tallied 5 RBIs. Maddy Friesen added a home run of her own and 4 RBIs. Pitching duties in round robin were handled by Nelia Fehr and Molly Cowan. The hurlers proved difficult for the opponents to manage, as Fehr struck out 15 and allowed 0 earned runs, and Cowan struck out 7 and allowed only 3 earned runs. Central continued their winning streak in game one of the playoffs, beating St. Peter Hyland from Minnesota by a 6-0 count. Fehr was once again dominant from the circle, striking out 15 batters and allowing only 2 baserunners during the game. Emma Klassen led the offense going 3 for 3 at the plate, getting the game going with a 2-run triple in the fourth inning. Molly Conrad also was strong at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a home run and 2 RBIs. However, the weekend would end with the Energy losing in the 2nd round of the playoffs to a tough South Dakota Impact club by a score of 2-1. Both teams were strong in the circle with Molly Cowan going the distance for Central. She recorded 6 strikeouts and allowed 4 walks and 5 hits over 6 innings. Hits were hard to come by, but Brooklyn Friesen managed 2 hits and Conrad knocked in 1 RBI. The Energy currently sit 2nd in MPSL standings nearing the end of the regular season.

 

The U13 Central Energy club also competed in the Ringneck Softball Tournament in Sioux Falls, SD. The club faced tough competition, going 0-3 in round robin play. Game one was a 4-3 loss to the TSC Tornados, while game two saw the Brookings Outlaws win 11-1. Game three was a close 6-5 loss to the Nebraska Quakes. Playoff Sunday began better with the Energy beating another Nebraska Quakes team 7-3. Bianca Lanthier was strong in the circle striking out 6 batters and allowing 4 hits. Collins Vrooman went 2 for 3 at the plate and collected 3 RBIs. The tournament ended with a loss to the Twin Ports Rampage by a 5-1 score. Hailey Baldwin was strong at bat going 2 for 2. Cassandra Lanthier threw well from the circle, striking out 5 and allowing 7 hits. The Energy are 5th in the MPSL standings.

 

The U15 Central Energy team also traveled south on the weekend, competing in the Red River Rage Tournament in Fargo, ND. Central won both of their round robin games to capture first place in their pool. Game one was a 7-6 win over the Dickinson Diamonds, and game two saw Central win 12-0 over the Fargo Moorhead Blaze. Shyanne Goertzen led the offense in pool play, going 3 for 5 at the plate with 2 RBIs. Pitching duties were handled by Taylor Wall, Kennedy Funk, and Addison Nikkel. The trio combined for 9 strikeouts in the 2 wins. This set up the Energy well for a first round playoff matchup with West Fargo United, which Central would win 6-3. Goertzen opened the scoring in the first inning with an inside the park homerun, scoring 2 runs. She also added a single later in the game to go 2 for 3. Nikkel pitched the entire 5 inning game, striking out 3 and allowing 8 hits and 1 walk int the win. The Energy weekend would end with a 9-6 loss in the semifinal to a strong hitting Dakota Selects club. Wall started the game in the circle, allowing 6 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 1. Funk pitched the second half of the game, allowing 1 hit while striking out 3. Rory Perrin led the offense going 3 for 3 with 1 RBI in an exciting comeback which just fell short. The Energy currently sit 2nd in the MPSL standings with 4 games remaining. Next action is when the Energy host the Interlake Phillies in Winkler on July 12 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.