Tanager softball enters tourney with momentum By: Parker Knox
Sportswriter Vermillionâ�?�?s girls softball varsity squad enters this weekendâ�?�?s state tournament on a wave of momentum after a pair of dominating victories in Tea Sunday. â�?�?Our bats were really working well for us,â�? said Coach Lori Jerred after a 17-5 five-inning victory over Mitchell. â�?�?The girls are playing very well going into the state tournament.â�?�? Earlier in the day a seven-inning no-hitter by Jenny Bye led Vermillion to a 5-0 triumph over Tea. Vermillion begins play in the two-day state tournament against Tri-Valley at 10 a.m. Saturday. The tournament will be played at Dunham Fields in Sioux Falls. Jenny Bye struck out 15 of the 22 Tea batters she faced. Backing her up, the defense allowed only one batter to reach base. â�?�?Our hitting is really starting to come around,â�? Jerred said. In the Tea win, Kayla Mungerâ�?�?s 4-for-4 game included a double and three singles, three runs batted in and a stolen base.�? Erica Johnson posted three singles and one RBI.�? Donica Crichton singled with two RBIs, and Bri Brinkmann singled to drive in the other Vermillion run.�? Laura Sappingfield contributed a double to the cause. Lizzy Bye took the mound against Mitchell and struck out five. Eight different Vermillion batters hit safely and drove home runs, including Munger with two hits, two RBIs and two stolen bases; Brinkmann with two doubles and three RBIs; Lizzy Bye with a double, single and one RBI; Sappingfield with two singles and three runs driven home; Ashley Ouellette with a triple and two singles good for three RBIs; Jenny Bye with two singles and one RBI; Crichton with a double and one RBI and Megan Chickering with a single and one RBI.