On a three-game winning streak thanks principally to spectacular pitching, the Vermillion High softball team returns home for the final two weekends of the regular season, starting with a 12:30/2 p.m. doubleheader against West Central at the USD complex Sunday.
Coach Lori Jerred's Tanagers improved their record to 4-2 with a twinbill sweep over Tri-Valley in Sioux Falls Sunday.
"Our pitchers are doing a great job for us," said Jerred in a classic understatement. Jenny Bye pitched her second straight no-hitter in Vermillion's 3-0 first-game victory. Of the 23 batters she faced, Bye struck out 16, including the first 10 in a row at the start of the game.
Lizzy Bye drove in two of Vermillion's four runs with a double and a single and swiped a pair of bases as well. Kayla Munger posted two singles and two stolen bases. Contributing a single apiece were Megan Chickering, Laura Sappingfield, Lindsay Robinet and Carlee Sorensen.
In the nightcap Lizzy Bye was winning pitcher, striking out four as the Tanagers won by 4-1. Molly LeCates drove in two of the four runs with a double. Sami Girard contributed two singles, and Munger, Lizzy Bye, Chickering and Ellen Brown each stroked a single.
"Our team is really starting to come around," Jerred said. "We are getting some good leadership from our senior players, and our young kids are proving themselves."