Benson-Hancock defeats YME and Montevideo
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Taylor Semler spun a five-hitter with no walks as Benson-Hancock topped Yellow Medicine East in West Central South softball action on Monday.
The Brave Owls were never behind after Kendra Schmidgall singled in Datrianna Jensen in the top of the second inning. Jensen had doubled to lead off the inning. The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fifth.
Benson-Hancock scored a single run when Tasha Wiebold walked, stole second, moved to third on Julia Ahrndt's base hit and scored on Jensen's sacrifice fly.
A single and a double by the Sting cut the lead to 2-1, but the solid pitching by Semler and the errorless defense proved to be key to the Brave Owls eight win.
B-H added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning. A base hit by Wiebold, a walk to Sara Rajewsky and some creative base running, lead to the runs.
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The Brave-Owls raised their record to 9-2 overall and 8-1 in the West Central Conference South, tied for the top spot with Paynesville and Minnewaska each with one loss.
Benson-Hancock pounded out 11 hits, scored 11 runs and put a quick end to the suspense on its way to the 10 run crushing of the Thunderhawks. The Brave Owls scored in every inning but the third.
Tasha Wiebold, Sara Rajewsky and Datrianna Jensen all had two hits while Brennan Hagen, Megan Jepma, Kendra Schmidgall, Taylor Semler and Kelsey Sonnebond all had one hit.
Taylor Semler allowed four hits, struck out five and walked one Monte batter. For the third game in a row, the defense contributed to the strong performance, making just a lone error.