Benson Hancock softball team has three games
The Benson Hancock girls softball team dropped a tough season opener to the Minnewaska Lakers on April 12. Minnewaska had 10 hits and improved to 4-0 in the West Central Conference.
The Brave/Owls grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third then had to fight back several times after the Lakers tied it up in the bottom of the third and added four more in the fourth.
It became a slugfest as the Lakers made the score 6-2 and B-H added three of their own in the top of the fifth to get closer at 6-4. Brennan Hagen had a big hit that drove in two of those runs.
The good fortune was short-lived as the Lakers put three on the board in the bottom of the fifth making the score 9-4. A four run homerun for B-H in the top of the sixth made the score 9-8 and it ended that way as neither team found any offense in their last at bats.
R H E
B-H 8 8 3
Waska 9 11 5
In Benson, on a chilly spring evening, it took 14 innings and went well into the night before Morris/Chokio Alberta took advantage of the Benson Hancock Brave/Owls error to score a winning run in West Central Conference fasttpitch action last Monday night.
Katie Holzheimer scored the go-ahead run with 2 outs from second base when the B-H right fielder had Sadie Fischer's fly ball fall from her glove. The Tigers then added three more runs on two hits.
The B-H team had numerous chances to win the ballgame earlier when they left runners in scoring position in the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th innings, unable to get the big hit.
Sara Rajewsky of Benson Hancock and Mackenzie Weatherly of Morris each pitched all 14 innings.
Sadie Fischer was 3-for-7 for Morris and Kenzie Jensen was 3-for-6 for Benson Hancock.
One of the best opportunities for the win came in the eighth inning when Datriana Jensen advanced to third base with one out. That brought Kendra Schmidgall to the plate. Kendra lined a one strike pitch just inches off the ground that the Tiger shortstop, Kelsey DeCamp, was able to get her glove under for the second out. Her quick throw to third base doubled up Jensen for the third out.
Several other good scoring chances eluded the Benson Hancock team, often due to the pitching of Weatherly who seemed to get the big strike-out when she needed it. She ended the night with twelve strike-outs and her experience showed in the tough situations.
This was the first time Benson Hancock was able to get on their field this spring.
R H E
M/C-A 7 12 2
B-H 3 9 1
The Benson Hancock fastpitch softball team bunched together 9 singles in the first two innings to gain a win over Yellow Medicine East on Monday in Benson. The net result was the only 5 runs they would see all night, but it was enough behind the strong pitching of Sara Rajewsky. RBI singles by Datriana Jensen and Sara Rajewsky in the first inning drove in a pair of runs.
In the home half of the second, Kelsey Hammerschmidt drove in Kelsey Sonnabend and Brennan Hagen singled in two more.
The third, fourth, fifth and sixth would yield little as Allie Trudel of YME seemed to be able to spot her pitches a little better and her defense was solid. On the other hand, the Brave Owls couldn't turn a 1, 2, 3 inning all night, but the Sting couldn't get the big hit either.
R H E
YME 1 7 3
B-H 5 12 1