Tanager softball’s strong effort leaves team undefeated

It took a come-from-behind effort in both games Sunday for the Vermillion High softball team to stay undefeated, but the Tanagers managed that feat, taking down West Central by 5-3 and 7-6 scores.

The Tanagers will try to keep their perfect season rolling Sunday at 12:30 and 2 p.m. in a twinbill against Tri-Valley at the USD fields.

Lizzy Bye kept West Central scoreless in five of the seven innings of the opener.  The Trojans went ahead 1-0 in the second, but the Tanagers regained the lead on an RBI triple by Bye and an RBI single by Jessie Finch in the third.  Carlee Sorensen's sacrifice fly in the third made it 3-1, and Beth Szymonski's single plated a run in the fifth to make it 4-1.

West Central scored twice in the sixth on two hits with an outfield error sandwiched in between, but VHS got an insurance run back in its half of the sixth when Claire Jones bunted safely for a basehit, went to third on a failed attempt by the Trojan catcher to pick her off first, and socred on Sorensen's hit.  Bye then retired West Central in the seventh to end the game.

Lindsay Robinet, Finch and Sorensen had two hits each for Vermillion.

In the nightcap the Tanagers, batting as the visiting team, saw Jones as the leadoff batter get on base four times and score three times, including in the first.  In the third Paige Olson's RBI hit made it 2-0.

A nightmarish third for West Central saw the Trojans score five times on three hits and an infield error, but VHS started its road back with a run in the fourth when Jones doubled and Sorensen singled her home.

Finally in the top of the sixth and final inning and trailing 6-3, the Tanagers rose to the occasion.  Jones as usual started the inning with a single.  A walk and a hit batter loaded the bases, and West Central helped with a pair of wild pitches that scored VHS runs.  A sacrifice bunt perfectly executed by Sami Girard allowed the tying run to score from third.  Then Olson came through with a game-winning triple that scored Finch from third with the go-ahead run.
Finch retired the first two West Central batters in the bottom of the inning and struck out the next, but she reached base on a passed ball.  But then Finch finished with a flourish, fanning the final Trojan batter to keep the Tanagers perfect for the season.

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