VERMILLION — The Yankton Gazelles pounded out 17 hits on the way to a 22-3 victory over Vermillion in high school softball action on Monday at Lions Park in Vermillion.
“We’ve been hitting the ball pretty well lately,” said Yankton head coach Jill Muth. “We got everybody we brought an at-bat except for one girl, and some girls came in and got hits.”
Grace Behrns had three hits and four RBI, and Payton Moser went 3-for-4 with a triple for Yankton. Elle Feser homered and doubled, driving in six. Tori Vellek and Kyra Tjeerdmsa each doubled and singled. Madison Girard posted a triple, Camryn Koletzky doubled and Brooklyn Townsend, Tori Hansen and Kamella Kopp each had a hit in the victory.
Madigan Wallen went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBI for Vermillion. Reagan Lee and Chandler Cleveland each had a hit for the Tanagers.
Behrns picked up the win, striking out seven. Mya Halverson took the loss, striking out four.
“Grace pitched another good game,” Muth said. “She went out and battled. She gave up that one big hit that ended up being a three-run home run.”
Yankton, 7-3 and winners of four straight, travel to Sioux Falls’ Sherman Park for three games on Friday. The Gazelles will face Sturgis and Rapid City Stevens in make-up games, as well as an added game against Dakota Valley.
Muth feels the Gazelles’ experience and depth will come into play on the busy Friday.
“It’s nice that we don’t have to have everyone play all three games,” she said. “We’ll be able to spread some at-bats around.”
Vermillion, 3-2, travels to Madison on Thursday.
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