Vermillion High School softball starts season In the first game of the year Vermillion played Madison April 7 and came up short as the Bulldogs beat the Tanagers 8-6. The Tanagers were a little rusty the first game defensively giving up six errors and Madison giving up only one. Pitching for the Tanagers kept them in the game as Becky Bak pitched six innings with 10 strikeouts, and gave up only five hits.
Vermillion's offense played well as Megan Kruse led the Tanagers going 2-3 with a triple and single. Becky Bak, Dru Van Kley, and Brooke Nelson also had some key hits for Vermillion.
"Our defense needs some work, but we haven't got outside to work on that part of the game. We have been hitting inside for a month and I was very happy with the girls' batting, but our defense needs to work out some kinks," said coach Brandhagen.
In the second game Madison played Watertown and Watertown beat madison 9-3. The third game Vermillion played Watertown. With the first game under their belt they came out firing, beating the Arrows in four innings 12-6. Becky Bak put on a pitching display striking out 11 batters and giving up only five hits. The defense looked better as they had only four errors which led to Watertown's six runs.
"For being the first two games of the year Becky Bak is pitching very well for us and will only get better as the season progresses. Our defense looked better, but still needs some work," said coach Brandhagen.
Offensively for Vermillion, Tressa Olson had a double and single leading the Tanagers going 2-3. Whitney Tolsma, Brittany Weydert, and Dru Van Kley also had big hits for Vermillion.
"I am very pleased with the girls' effort in both games. It was our first two games and I knew we would have some mistakes, but hopefully being able to get outside now we can work on that part of the game," coach Brandhagen said.
Vermillion heads up to Madison on Sunday, April 14 with two games against Madison and Woonsocket.