Vance stars at national softball tourney

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Jessica Vance of Prince Albert is shown at the plate during the 2012 U16 Girls Bantam Fast Pitch Championships last week in Brantford, Ont.  After being picked up by the Saskatoon Hustlers, Vance's .533 batting average resulted in her being named to the tournament all-star team.

A Prince Albert softball player was a big hit at the 2012 U16 Girls Bantam Fast Pitch Championships last week in Brantford, Ont.

Jessica Vance was picked up by the Saskatoon Hustlers and became the first Saskatchewan player chosen to the tournament all-star team in years.

Vance was named an all-star outfielder as she slugged her way to a .533 batting average in the qualifying round, which was second overall in the tournament.

Kendra Padget of Prince Albert was also picked up for the team, which finished fifth out of seven teams in the preliminary round during a week of action plagued by frequent rain delays.

The team then beat Manitoba 9-0 in the semi-final and edged Quebec 5-2 in the final to win the B-side event.

Padget threw the shutout in the semi and also chipped in three innings on the mound in the final.

Organizations: Prince Albert

Geographic location: Brantford, Saskatchewan

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