off to roaring start By Parker Knox
Sports Writer Three wins by comfortable margins and a narrow 1-0 loss have the Vermillion girls fastpitch softball team off to a roaring start this season. â�?�?We struggled at the plate against a strong Lennox team,â�? Coach Lori Jerred said of Sundayâ�?�?s 1-0 loss to the Orioles, â�?�?but we have had three solid hitting games.â�?�? Those included Sundayâ�?�?s 12-2 five-inning triumph over Tri-Valley at the USD complex and a pair of wins in Sioux Falls the previous weekend 9-1 over Madison in five innings and 12-0 over Brookings in three innings. â�?�?We are looking forward to a successful season,â�? said Jerred, whose team goes to Yankton this Sunday for games against Yankton and West Central. Winning pitcher Lizzy Bye recorded eight strikeouts in hurling Vermillion to its win over Tri-Valley.�? Offensive leaders included Brianna Brinkman whose 3-for-3 day included a home run and two singles. Kayla Munger went 3-for-4 with a double and two singles, Dana Hannahs had a triple, Donica Crichton two singles and Bye and Megan Chickering a single each. Jenny Bye, who struck out six,�? was the tough-luck losing pitcher in the 1-0 loss to Lennox.�? Munger, Ashley Ouellette and Crichton each had a single for Vermillion. Though the Brookings win lasted only three innings, Jenny Bye struck out seven Bobcats.�? Ouellette slugged a triple and a single while Munger and Chickering each had a single. Crichton and Molly Lecates each hit a double and two singles in the Madison win.�? Munger and Ouellette had two singles and Chickering a single.�? Lizzy Bye was the winner on the mound, fanning three. The Vermillion JVs also stand at 3-1 after a pair of five-inning victories here Sunday.�? Courtney Johnson had a home run in a 12-0 win over Lennox, and Beth Szymonski did the same in a 14-10 triumph over Tri-Valley. On Labor Day weekend in Sioux Falls, the Vermillion JVs defeated Mitchell, 11-8, in seven innings behind Szymonskiâ�?�?s single and double and Carlee Sorensenâ�?�?s double, and lost to Madison, 6-5, in six innings�? despite a double and a triple by Szymonski.