Tanager girls’ softball salvages 3rd at state

Tanager girls' softball salvages 3rd at state
The Vermillion Tanager softball team salvaged a third place in the SD Class B Tournament contested at the Dunham Park complex in Sioux Falls.

Game one was a nice victory over Brookings for Jenny Bye who went six innings, giving up only one run on eight hits while registering seven K's.

Line score: Vermillion – 7 runs, 8 hits, 1 error, 5 LOB; Brookings – 1 run, 8 hits, 1 error, 6 lob. Chelsea Houska led the offense for the Tanagers as she went 2 for 3 with a run and 3 RBIs. Alicia Brown was 2 for 4 with 1 run; Katie Kashas – 1 for 3, 3 RBIs; Jenny Bye – 1 for 3, 1 run; Donica Crichton – 1 for 3, 1 run; Molly LeCates – 1 for 2, 1 run. Also scoring a run each were Brittany Bye and Brianna Brinkman.

Game two was against Garretson and Jenny Bye went five innings, giving up a run while striking out five batters. Brianna Brinkman relieved and was charged with two runs, registering three K's in her two-inning stint.

The Tanagers scored seven runs on 13 hits while committing six errors and leaving four runners on base. Garretson had three runs, 11 hits, one error and ten runners left on base. The final was a 7-3 victory for Vermillion.

Vermillion scoring stats were: Britt Bye – 3 for 4, 2 RBIs; Jenny Bye – 1 run; Houska – 3 for 4, 3 runs; Brown – 2 for 4, 2 runs, 1 RBI; Brinkman – 1 for 2, 1 run.

Game three (semi-final) was an error-filled game against West Central, and the Tanagers came up short (9-4) as Jenny Bye suffered through a five-error first inning. The Trojans scored six unearned runs. That was too much to overcome, and the loss was inevitable.

Line score: VHS – 4 runs, 11 hits, 9 errors and 10 LOB. The Tanager offense was led by Houska – 3 for 4, 1 run; Britt Bye – 1 for 1, HR, 3 runs, 2 RBIs; Brown – 1 for 4, 1 run; Ashley Ouelette – 2 for 3; Katie Kashas – 3 for 3, 1 RBI.

Game four (Loser's bracket to play in championship) was a two-hit shutout for Lennox as they won 9-0 over the Tanagers. Jenny Bye went two innings and Brinkman relieved in the five-inning contest.

The team's final record was 7-4-1. Selected for the All State Tournament team were: Jenny Bye; Chelsea Houska and Brittany Bye. Comments by coach Matt Brandhagen – "I'm proud of the play of the girls last weekend. Every team has a bad game once in a while, but we had two in a row! We're a young team, and I have all my players returning next fall. Jenny (freshman) started all four tournament games, with Brianna (sophomore) relieving her when needed. We were a strong hitting team but when you commit errors, you might lose. That happened and we suffered the consequences. However, I'm proud of the effort to overcome adversity they displayed."

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