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Redwood stymies Benson/Hancock to gain 3AA final

MARSHALL -- Junior shortstop Jessica Fischer's two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie and sent Redwood Valley to a 3-1 win over Benson/Hancock in the Section 3AA elimination-round final on Tuesday.

Samantha Felt of Redwood Valley and Taylor Semler of Benson/Hancock each pitched a four-hitter.

The Cardinals advance to play Pipestone at 5 p.m. Thursday back at the Marshall softball complex. Redwood, which was swept by its Southwest Conference rival during the regular season, will need to beat the Arrows twice to reach the state tournament.

Fischer's two-out line drive to center drove in courtesy runner Kayla Pohlen and Megan Bunting in the fifth with a single.

Pohlen also scored on an error in the third to tie the game 1-1.

The Brave/Owls went up 1-0 in the second. Brennan Hagen led off with a walk and scored on Julie Ahrndt's double to the right-center gap.

Felt retired nine in a row after giving up consecutive singles to Mallory Jensen and Tasha Wiebold leading off the third.

Felt walked two and fanned eight.

Semler walked two and fanned one. One Redwood run was unearned.

Benson/Hancock ends up 17-6.

Redwood Valley 3, Benson/Hancock 1

B/H (17-6) 010 000 0 -- 1 4 2

RV (21-4) 001 020 x -- 3 4 2

HITTING - Benson/Hancock: Tasha Wiebold 1-for-4; Julia Ahrndt 1-for-3, rbi; Mallory Jensen 2-for-3 ... Redwood Valley: Ashley Bunting 1-for-3; Callie Hansen 1-for-1; Sam Felt 1-for-2; Jessica Fischer 1-for-3, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Benson/Hancock: Taylor Semler (L) 6-4-3-2-2-1 ... Redwood Valley: Sam Felt (W) 7-4-1-1-2-8