Four games in a week for Benson-Hancock softball
B-H 1 Paynesville 8
Monday, May 10 in Benson
In the rematch that saw Benson-Hancock win in Paynesville in the season open by the score of 11-6, the Bulldogs left little doubt on this day who was the better team, winning decisively by the score of 8-1. The game pit co-leaders in the West Central Conference and the victory puts Paynesville in the driver's seat with little more than a week to go.
The game was a 1-0 affair going into the 5th and fitting of its importance, but three in the 5th and four more in the top of the 7th, made it appear to be a runaway.
The Brave Owls managed only three hits off Whitney Wochler while the Bulldogs had 11, eight of those in the last three innings.
Taylor Semler walked four, which is uncharacteristic of her, all four coming around to score.
Datrianna Jensen, Megan Jepma and Kendra Schmidgall collected the three Brave Owls hits.
B-H 15 LQPV 2
Thursday, May 13 at LQPV
Benson-Hancock scored in every inning and used 17 hits and five walks to dub the Eagles by the score of 15-2. When the two teams met on April 20, it was a 5-2 hard earned Brave Owls victory. So everyone saw every reason for another nail biter, but after the seven run 3rd inning, most fans hadn't even gotten to the second finger.
Everyone in the starting line-up had at least one hit, Sara Rajewsky had three hits, three RBIs, and three runs scored to lead the Brave Owls to this eleventh win.
B-H had a 3-0 lead going into the third inning and exploded for eight hits and seven runs, all of them earned to put the game out of reach.
Taylor Semler went the distance, striking out five and allowing four hits to get credit for the win.
B-H 2 Morris Area 1
Friday, May 14 in Benson
In a ball game, fitting the once lost 70 degree May weather, the Brave Owls scored the winning run in the bottom of the 8th inning to come away with a West Central Conference win and send the home folks away happy.
Benson-Hancock scored what appeared all they would need in the second inning when Brenna Hagen lead off the inning with a base hit and came around in a couple of Tiger errors.
Brave Owls pitcher Taylor Semler faced the minimum number of batters through the first five innings, striking out six enroute.
In the top of the sixth, lead off batter, Holly Amundson reached on a single to right, the ground ball just eluding second baseman, Kenzie Jensen. She would advance on a ground out. Taylor Semler got her 7th K for the second out. Katie Holzheimer, the Tiger lead off batter got the second hit of the inning, which put runners at 1st and 3rd. What appeared to be a steal of 2nd by Holzheimer, ended up to be much more when Datrianna Jensen's, the B-H catcher, throw ended up in center field. Tie game. Hindsight, the next batter stuck out for the last out in the inning.
Neither team scored in the 7th although both threatened. Morris sent the minimum three batters to the plate in the top of the 8th.
In the home half of the 8th, Sara Rajewsky lead off with a triple. She had to stay as Datri's infield hit was hit right at the 3rd baseman. Brenna Hagen came to the plate with runners at 1st and 3rd and lined a 1-1 pitch up the middle to drive in the winning run.
B-H 6 YME 0
Mon., May 17 in Benson
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 tried atop the West Central Conference South standings.
With Semler striking out seven and allowing just one hit and lead off hitter Tasha Wiebold going 4 for 4, Benson-Hancock stayed tied with Minnewaska and Paynesville for first place in the Conference.
Wiebold also scored three times, while Sara Rajewsky and Kendra Schmidgall each had two hits and an RBI.
The only hit allowed by Semler was an infield ground ball that Jennessa Hoffman beat out to lead off the seventh.
The only part of the Brave Owls game that didn't sparkle was while they were in the field, as the defense, committed four errors, unusually high for them in the last month of the season.
Kendra Schmidgall had a bases loaded two out single to drive in the first run in the bottom of the first inning.
In the second inning, Mallory Jensen hit a double with one out followed by one of Wiebold's four hits. That was followed by Sara Rajewsky's RBI base hit. The second run scored on an infield base hit.