Benson-Hancock advance in sections
Benson-Hancock advances to Section 3AA Final Four
Benson-Hancock 11 LQPV 5
The Brave Owls had beaten the Eagles twice earlier in conference play and to win a third time is supposed to be a charm according to an old wife's tale and until the girls broke through with five runs in the bottom of the 5th, it looked everything like a possible upset in the making.
Winning pitcher, Taylor Semler gave up four hits with no walks and five strike ours. Sara Rajewsky singled twice and scored three times. Kendra Schmidgall and Megan Jepma had two hits each.
Benson-Hancock put three on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning on singles by Tasha Wiebold and Sara Rajewsky. Brennan Hagen's single opened the scoring and Schmidgall's RBI single brought in the next run. The third run scored on a ground out and while LQPV would respond with runs of their own, the Brave Owls would never be headed.
Benson-Hancock 4 Marshall 1
Marshall pitcher Alyssa Netzke doubled to open the top of the first inning and scored on Bridget Bergstrom. It was all the Tigers would muster off the Brave Owls hurler Taylor Semler who at one time retired 12 consecutive hitters.
Benson-Hancock got all their runs in the third inning and it was senior Julia Ahrndt who singled to get things going. After a strick out, Tasha Wiebold reached on a fielder's choice; a play that saw the Tigers not coming up with an out. Sara Rajewsky pops out for the second out and it appeared the mini-rally might end. But base hits by Datrianna Jensen netted the first run and Brennan Hagen brought in tow more on her base hit. Kendra Schmidgall and Megan Jepma each singled, Jepma's good for the fourth run of the inning.
Taylor Semler tossed a four-hitter with no walks and three strikeouts.
The Brave Owls advanced to the section semi-final on Saturday.
Pipestone broke open a close game in the bottom of the sixth on their way to a 7-0 win. The Arrows came in to the game ranked No. 1 in the state and while the Brave Owls kept themselves close through five innings, could mount little offensive threat.
Datrianna Jensen and Tasha Wiebold were the only base runners to reach safely against Pipestone senior hurler Baily Bouman.
Bouman also contributed to much of the early damage done to the Brave Owls hopes when she doubled and scored in the first and trip.ed to drive in a run in the second.
This was the first lose in the tournament for the Brave Owls and matched them up with Jackson County who had lost to Redwood Valley 4-3.
Benson-Hancock 11 Jackson Co. 7
Down 2-1 after two innings and 6-1 going into the bottom of the third, the Brave Owls put on their biggest offensive showing of the Section 3AA tournament. So far, outscoring the Huskies nine runs the rest of the way.
Benson-Hancock got going with two in the bottom of the third on a base hit by Tasha Wiebold, a double by Anna Jensen, and a single by Megan Jepma that brought in one more run.
The Brave Owls tied the score at six, when they added three in their half of the fourth. As in the third inning, the bulk of the damage was done after two outs. Kendra Schmidgall, Tasha Wiebold, Datrianna Jensen, and Brenna Hagen hit safely sandwiched around a Husky error.
In the fifth inning, Taylor Semler lead off with a single. Julia Ahrndt flew out to left for the first out. Kendra Schmidgall followed with her second hit and both base runners advanced on Mallory Jensen's sacrifice bunt. Wiebold's third hit of the game, drove in both runners, again with two outs.
Three additional runs in the bottom of the sixth on four base hits brought the margin to 11-6 and everyone was breathing a little easier. Jackson Co. would score a single run in the top of the seventh to make the final score 11-7.
By virtue of their win and Redwood Valley's loss in the night cap the two teams met Tuesday.