The Minnesota Hornets finished fourth in the women's Class D ASA national softball tournament Sept. 24-26 in Lawton, Okla.
The Hornets won five of seven games. There were 39 teams in the tournament, representing most of the nation, including Alaska.
The Hornets won their first game 6-1 against a team from Waterloo, Iowa. Next they defeated a Wichita Falls, Texas, team 9-7. In their third game, they beat a Blanchard, Okla., team 13-12.
The Hornets then beat an Enid, Okla., team 12-7, which qualified them for the semifinals.
In the semifinals, the Hornets were administered their first loss, 13-2 by a team from Kansas City, Mo. They bounced back to beat a team from Muskogee, Okla., 13-6.
Against a team from Topeka, Kan., the Hornets lost 14-4 to the eventual champions.
Sarah Simmons pitched all seven games for the Hornets. Jackie Sullivan had an on-base percentage of 48 percent.
Erin Thiesse and Sara Deal each had 12 RBI apiece and each hit home runs.
Heather Jacobson, Sandi Tautges, Simmons and Jackie Sullivan each had two doubles, and Kari Happke, Thiesse, Kelli Kelm and Deal each tripled, with Deal hitting two triples.
Deal made the all-tournament first team and Tautges was on the all-tournament second team.
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