Prep softball: ACGC holds off Brave/Owls
BENSON -- Benson/Hancock rebounded from a seven-run deficit but couldn't keep ACGC off the board in the late innings and fell to the Falcons 13-9 on Tuesday in a West Central South Conference game.
ACGC's Erica Melbie had two hits and drove in three runs, and Jacey Nelson doubled and also drove in three for the Falcons, who won for the first time in three games this season.
Falcons' pitcher Sydney Larson survived a rough outing for the win while the Brave/Owls' Kayla Jones took the loss.
Benson fell to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the WCS. They Brave Owls came back from an 8-1 deficit and pulled within a run in the fifth inning, but ACGC responded with two in the sixth and three in the seventh to win its WCS opener.
The Braves hurt themselves with 10 walks, said head coach Ken Grunig.
"(The walks) always put us in a bad position defensively," Grunig said. "We only have three players back with much experience, and I told the girls that it's not May yet. We'll fix what needs fixing and go from there."
The Braves' Kelsey Hammerschmidt had two hits and drove in three runs, and Jones had two doubles and drove in a pair of runs.
Benson/Hancock, which is 1-1 in the conference and 2-1 overall, play next at Morris/Chokio-Alberta at 5 p.m. Thursday in Morris.
ACGC 13, Benson/Hancock 9
ACGC 112 402 3 -- 13 9 2
Benson/Hancock 010 420 2 -- 9 10 4
HITTING - Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: Mikayla Holm 1-for-4 r, Natasha Dallmann 1-for-5 rbi r, Erica Melbie 2-for-5 3b 2b rbi-3 r-2, Paige Wilner 2-for-3 rbi r-2, Hanna Lang 1-for-3, Jacey Nelson 1-for-4 2b rbi-3, Payton Wilner 1-for-3 ... Benson/Hancock: Mackenzie Jensen 1-for-5, Kelsey Hammerschmidt 2-for-5 2b rbi-3, Kayla Jones 2-for-3 2b-2 rbi-2, Alyssa Hughes 2-for-4 2b, Becca Hoffman 1-for-2 2b, Jenna Hanson 2-for-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: Sydney Larson (W) 7-10-9-6-7-4 ... Benson/Hancock: Jones (L) 6.1-7-9-6-3-6-4, Schmidgall 0.2-2-4-3-4-0