One could say it was a case of hello and goodbye for Lennox batters Sunday. Vermillion senior hurler Jenny Bye mowed down all 21 batters she faced, striking out 11 of them, as she threw a perfect game in a 4-0 Tanager softball victory at Yankton.
For five innings the game was a tense nail-biter as both Bye and the Lennox pitcher were in complete control. Nine Vermillion hitters had struck out, but four had earned bases on balls and another reached on an error. Yet it was still only 1-0 for the Tanagers.
That lone run came in the third when Kayla Munger singled, stole second and third bases and scored on a wild pitch. Desperately needing an insurance run as they came to bat in the bottom of the sixth, the Tanagers got three instead. Lizzie Bye's leadoff single ignited the sudden uprising. Then three batters drove in runs — Jenny Bye with a triple, Ashley Ouellette with a fielder's choice when Lennox could not nail the runner at home plate, and Ellen Brown with a single.
A perfect sacrifice bunt by Laura Sappingfield also figured in the game-busting inning. Three outs away from victory, Jenny Bye put down Lennox in order in its final at-bat on a line drive to shortstop Lizzie Bye and a pair of ground balls vacuumed up by second-baseman Munger.
In the first game of the day Yankton scored four runs in the first inning and cruised to a 6-0 win over Vermillion. The Tanagers managed only three singles off the Gazelles' Kayla Salonen — singles by Munger, Megan Chickering and Beth Szymonski. Salonen struck out 12.
Jenny Bye struck out eight Yankton hitters. Coach Lori Jerred's softballers, now with a record of 2-2, take the Labor Day weekend off before going to Tri-Valley for their next action on Sept. 13.