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Tribune photo by Tom Larson Benson starting pitcher Chad Schwarz delivers a pitch during the first inning of the Braves’ non-conference game against Sauk Centre on Thursday at Chiefs Field in Benson. Schwarz didn’t figure in the decision but the Braves rallied in the late innings to defeat the Mainstreeters 9-8.

Prep baseball: Benson rallies past ’Streeters

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BENSON — Cody Hammerschmidt hit a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth to power Benson past Sauk Centre 9-8 in the Braves’ season opener Thursday in Benson.

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A back-and-forth game through five innings, the Braves took control with a four-run sixth.

Trailing 6-5, Brady McDonald led off the sixth inning with a walk, and was pinch run for by Jacob Connelly. Aaron Ahrndt followed with a walk, and after a sac fly to put runners on second and third, Connelly scored on an attempted steal of home when Sauk Centre threw the ball away.

Morgan Staton continued the rally with a single, which brought Hammerschmidt to the plate, who doubled off the top of the left field fence to score Staton and Ahrndt.

Hammerschmidt scored from third on a wild pitch for the fourth run of the inning, and it was an important one, as Sauk Centre scored 2 more in the top of the seventh to make it 9-8.

Staton was 2-for-3 with 3 runs scored and 2 stolen bases, and Tanner Mikkelson was 1-for-4 with a 2-run double.

The Braves next play today against Montevideo in Benson.

Benson 9, Sauk Centre 8

Sauk Centre       201 120 2 —  8 8 2

Benson (1-0, 1-0)               110 124 x —  9 6 1

HITTING – Sauk Centre: Josh Buschette 1-for-3 2B RBI, Nate Mettenburg 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2B, RBI, Nick Adams 2-for-4, 2 runs … Benson: Morgan Staton 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2B, 2 sb, Cody Hammerschmidt 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, Tanner Mikkelson 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, Jake Schwendemann 0-for-1, 2 runs, 1 sb, Brady McDonald 1-for-2, Aaron Ahrndt 1-for-2, run

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Sauk Centre: Josh Buschette (L) 2-3-5-4-2-1 … Benson: Chad Schwarz 3-4-3-3-2-3; Connor Staton 2-2-3-2-3-1; Cody Hammerschmidt (W) 2-2-2-1-0-3

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