Tanager softball heads to state tourney Saturday

Kicking aside their frustrations at a doubleheader sweep at the hands of West Central, 2-1 and 11-9, the previous Sunday, the Vermillion High softball team lowered the hammer on Elk Point-Jefferson this week, trimming the Huskies to the tune of 14-1 and 14-0.

The Tanagers finished the regular season with a record of 6-4 and play this weekend in the state tournament at the Dunham Fields complex in Sioux Falls.

Lizzy Bye struck out eight and allowed only two hits in her four innings of pitching work in Sunday's opener.

Lindsay Robinet led the VHS offense with three singles in four at-bats. Kayla Munger, Ashley Ouellette and Megan Chickering each had a pair of singles.

EPJ had even fewer hits in the nightcap. In fact, they had none at all as Jenny Bye hurled her third no-hitter of the season. Bye struck out six among the nine outs in the three innings she pitched.

On offense Munger had two singles and Molly LeCates and Lizzy Bye a double apiece.

While the varsity was playing at home, the junior varsity was finishing its season at their state tournament in Sioux Falls. Vermillion finished in fourth place with Tri-Valley their only stumbling block. The Tanagers lost to Tri-Valley in their first game but fought back with consecutive victories over Dell Rapids, Madison, West Central and Brandon Valley to enter the third-place contest where they again lost to Tri-Valley.

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