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Benson-Hancock finishes season second in conference

B-H 6 YME 0

Taylor Semler took a no-hitter into the 7th inning and Benson-Hancock scored in every inning but the third as the Brave Owls blanked Yellow Medicine East 6-0 Monday to stay in the hunt for the West Central South Conference title.

With Semler striking out seven and allowing just one hit and lead-off hitter Tasha Wiebold going four for four, Benson-Hancock stayed tied with Minnewaska 13-2 and Paynesville 13-2 for first place in the conference.

Wiebold also scored three times, while Sara Rajewsky and Kendra Schmidgall each had two hits and an RBI.

Jennesa Hoffman beat out a ground ball hit to the short stop to lead off the seventh to account for YME's only hit.

B-H 10 Montevideo 0

Taylor Semler extended her scoreless streak to 16 innings with seven shutout innings tossed against the Thunderhawks Tuesday night in Montevideo. While Semler was throwing her A-game, the offense was not to be shown up. Everyone in the line-up had at least one hit; several hitters had more as they hit a season high 16.

The Brave-Owls scored in every inning but the second and the fourth.

In the top of the first, the Brave-Owls put together a couple walks and a hit by Sara Rajewsky and single by Julia Ahrndt to get two runs.

In the third, base hits by Julia Ahrndt, Taylor Semler and Megan Jepma, brought in two more.

B-H added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and made it a route with four more in the seventh.

Minnewaska 2 B-H 1

Laura Paulson out-dueled Taylor Semler in the pitchers circle allowing Minnewaska to edge Benson-Hancock 2-1 in an 11 inning marathon Wednesday to win a piece of the West Central Conference title.

The winning run scored from second base on an infield pop-up that barely eluded Megan Jepma's glove as she was racing back towards the outfield to catch it. There were two outs at the time and the runner could take off at the crack of the bat as they say.

Both teams could muster only a couple of scoring chances in the 11th inning. One that got away from the Brave Owls was in the top of the 9th inning. With nobody out, Kendra Schmidgall reached on an infield error. After being unsuccessful to bunt her to second base, Julia Ahrndt lined a rocket that found the second baseman's glove and a quick relay to first, doubled up Schmidgall. So instead of one out and a runner on second, now there are two outs and one on base. Megan Jepma, the next batter in the line-up followed with what may have been a game-winning single to left field, but that story has a different ending.

The Brave Owls did get eight hits off Paulson, but she also countered with 11 strike-outs, many of them were rally killers.

Benson-Hancock finished second in the conference with a 14-4 overall record, 13 wins, three loses in the South half.