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Benson-Hancock adds five more wins to improve record to 7-2

Kendra Schmidgall and Megan Jepma prepare for a play in a recent game in Benson.

April 15

Benson-Hancock 11,

B-H 3 Morris Area 1

Benson-Hancock stayed atop the West Central Conference standings with a 3-1 win over rival Morris Area on a nice Thursday night.

The two teams combined for 19 hits, 10 for Benson-Hancock and nine for Morris Area, but left several runners stranded. Only Megan Jepma with her tow out base hit in the second inning, that drove in two runs, could break into the scoring column.

B-H also got an unearned run in the fourth when Jepma reached base on an error, after two were out and scored on Sara Rajewsky's hot single to right center.

The Tigers could manage only a lone run in the fourth inning after Heather Sayles' lead-off double. Sayles advanced to third on a sacrifice and scored on a ground out to second.

Benson-Hancock pitcher, Taylor Semler gave up nine hits, but helped her own cause by striking out six and not walking any. She was also supported by an errorless defense.

April 19

B-H 11

Minneota-Canby 1

In a non-conference fast pitch game, Benson Hancock collected 13 hits, including four doubles in a five inning 10-run win at home.

Megan Jepma, Julia Ahrndt, Datrianna Jensen and Brennan Hagen all had two hits. Ahrndt and Mallory Jensen drove in two runs each.

Winning pitcher, Taylor Semler tossed a two hitter with one walk and seven strikeouts.

Kendra Schmigall's RBI base hit it the home half of the 5th inning drove in Sam Berens with the 11th run ending the game immediately with the high school leagues version of the mercy rule.

April 20

B-H 5 LQPV 2

The Brave Owls scored three runs in the home half of the second inning without the benefit of a hit to take a 3-2 lead, a lead they would not relinquish on their way to a 5-2 win over West Central South Conference foe, Lac qui Parle Valley.

The Eagles scored their runs in the top of the first on two doubles sandwiched around a hit batter.

Taylor Semler, the B-H pitcher, would allow just one hit the rest of the way while striking out 10.

The errorless defensive performance was needed as the bats seemed to have taken the night off as was evident by just the three hits the girls could muster. A base hit, a walk, and a pair of ground outs accounted for the lone run in the third inning.

An error, a walk and an RBI single by Julia Ahrndt drove in Mallory Jensen for the fifth run in the fifth inning.

April 22 - Game 1

B-H 8 BOLD 2

Benson-Hancock broke open a 1-1 tie game with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Brave Owls sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning in which they got five hits, and benefited from four walks and two errors from the BOLD defense to account for the big inning.

Taylor Semler struck out nine and allowed just four hits, three credited to Hillary Moges the BOLD shortstop.

Hitting leaders for Benson Hancock were Julia Ahrndt, Sara Rajewsky, and Kelsey Sonnebend banging out two hits each. Kendra Schmidgall, Megan Jepma, Datrianna Jensen, and Tasha Wiebold accounted for the rest of the ten hit attack.

April 22 - Game 2

B-H 14 BOLD 11

BOLD out-hit the Brave Owls 14 to 11, but two BOLD pitchers combined to issue 14 walks to B-H batters.

Both teams scored seven runs in their half of the second inning, but B-H still managed to take an 8-7 lead in the top of the third, courtesy of the lone run they scored in the top of the first.

The single run in the first came on a lead-off walk to Tasha Wiebold and an RBI double to Datrianna Jensen, the first of three hits for her in the game.

Brennen Hagen highlighted the second inning for the Brave Owls with a two-run home run. Brenna Holeverda ignited BOLD's big second inning with a three run blast.

The offensive showing wasn't to end however, as the Brave Owls needed three three runs they scored in each of the fifth and sixth inning because BOLD was to put a four spot on the board in their half of the sixth.

"I think sheer exhaustion could only be the reason neither team would sore in the seventh inning," said coach Ken Grunig.

The win raised the B-H record to 7-2 tied for the lead in the West Central Conference South.