Tanager softball sweeps Tri-Valley

Vermillion High's softball machine rolled to its seventh and eighth wins of the year without a loss Sunday in a doubleheader sweep of Tri-Valley, 10-1 and 12-4.

The last home games of the season are set for 12:30 p.m. Sunday against Tea Area at the USD complex east of the DakotaDome.  Meanwhile, the junior varsity will be in Sioux Falls for its state tournament.  The varsity's state tournament will occur the following weekend.

The Tanagers scored once in the first inning and twice in the third in Sunday's opener, and those were more than enough runs for pitcher Lizzie Bye.  Tri-Valley managed two first-inning hits off Bye but did not score and got three singles in the third to score its only run.  After that, it was lights out as Bye and her defense retired the last 10 Tri-Valley batters in order.

Vermillion's first run scored on an infield force play off Sami Girard's bat.  Bye drove in the two third-inning tallies with a double.

Bye didn't need them, but the Tanagers reeled off seven runs on five hits and three errors in the sixth.  After one out eight straight batters reached base.  The big blows in that frame were an RBI triple by Carlee Sorensen, an RBI double by Tori McCreery, a two-run single by Girard, an RBI double by Jessie Finch, and a two-run triple by Paige Olson.

Bye struck out two and walked none while retiring Tri-Valley 1-2-3 in four of the game's six innings.

Sorensen had a perfect 4-for-4 game and scored three times, Girard had three hits and McCreery two.

After spotting the Mustangs a first-inning run, the Tanagers went wild in the nightcap, scoring in every inning and finally ending the contest via the mercy rule in the fifth.

Finch was the benefactor of a 15-hit Tanager attack while she struck out five and walked three.

A Sorensen single, a wild pitch and a Bye sacrifice fly scored VHS runs in the first.  An error and Claire Jones' sacrifice fly drove in two second-inning runs.  Lindsay Robinet's RBI single made it 6-1 in the third.

Tri-Valley scored once in the fourth, but VHS answered with three runs.  A bases-loaded walk brought in one, and Girard's two-run single scored two more.

In the fifth Tri-Valley scored twice and threatened to score more in the top of the fifth, but McCreery at shortstop raced in to catch a dying pop-up and doubled a runner off third to erase the scare.

After that  the Tanagers put the game away with three runs.  A grounder by Beth Szymonski and a two-run single by McCreery made it an eight-run lead, and at that point the game ended.
Robinet and McCreery had three hits each while Jones, Girard and Shelby Christopherson hit safely twice each.

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