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Benson-Hancock fastpitch goes 3-2 after first week of season

Megan Jepma warms up before her turn at bat for the Benson Hancock softball team.

Benson-Hancock 11,

Paynesville 6

Benson-Hancock pounded out 14 hits and took advantage of four Paynesville errors to beat the Bulldogs in a West Central South Conference softball game in the opener for both teams.

Natasha Wiebold and Taylor Semler had three hits and Julia Ahrndt and Mallory Jensen had two each.

Kendra Schmidgall, Laura Hoffman, Sam Berens and Sara Rajewsky chipped in with a hit a piece.

Paynesville returns seven starters from last year's conference championship team and the win, although early, speaks a promise for the upcoming season.

Taylor Selmer went the distance striking out four4, walking three and allowing eight hits.

Benson-Hancock 17, ACGC 0

The Brave Owls scored 13 runs in the second inning on their way to a 17-0 victory over ACGC at Grove City.

Taylor Semler threw a three hit shut-out and hit a two run home run over the center field fence in the 13 run second inning. She also pitched all five innings striking out six without issuing a walk.

Kendra Schmidgall had two of Benson-Hancock's ten hits and scored two runs. Eight other B-H players had one hit each.

Home Opener

B-H 0, Minnewaska 3

Taylor Semler allowed but two singles, still the Brave Owls came out on the short end of the score 3-0. It was Benson-Hancock's first loss of the season and first loss in the West Central Conference.

After Tasha Wiebold lead off the Benson-Hancock half of the first inning grounding out short to first, Laura Paulson, the Lakers pitcher, struck out the next six Brave Owls batters. Benson-Hancock could manage only four hits themselves, never more than one in any inning. The fifth inning was the only time two batters reached base.

Megan Jepma, Mallory Jensen, Laura Hoffman and Datrianna Jensen had the B-H four hits.

B-H 3, Morris 1

Megan Jepma drove in two runs and scored the third on her way to being named KKOK's Player of the Game.

Taylor Semler lead off the second inning with a base hit. After Brennan Hagese strikes out and Mallory Jensen grounds out to first base unassisted, Kenzie Jensen coaxes a walk. A double steal puts runners at second and third and opens the door for Megan Jepma who responds with a solid knock to right center field.

Jepma reaches base in the fourth on an error by the Tiger third baseman. Advancing to second on the errant throw past the first baseman. Sara Rajewsky batted next and hit the ball hard to right center bringing home Jepma.

Taylor Semler struck out seven and allowed no walks and just eight hits.

B-H 3, Marshall 8

In the first game ever for these two 3AA section foes, this Tiger was too much for the Brave Owls.

Datrianna Jensen was 4 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs, quite possibly the lone highlight for the home team. Megan Jepma continued her hot hitting with two hits.

The two strike outs recorded by Taylor Semler is a career low. The eleven hits put together by Marshall meant there was always runners on base and pressure on the defense, which may account for the five errors credited to Benson-Hancock.