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Jack Hartley, left, of New London-Spicer scores in the second inning on a passed ball as the throw back from the catcher ends up under Benson pitcher Jed Eix, who went on to retire 13 straight Wildcats in throwing a complete game Friday in Benson. The Braves won the non-conference game, 11-5. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

BENSON -- Pitching and hitting finally came together on Friday and Benson belted New London-Spicer 11-5 in a non-conference meeting at blustery Chiefs Field.

It was the first win for the Braves after losing their first six.

Jed Eix's five-hitter was supported by a nine-hit attack. Top sticks were Dan Martin with three hits, including a triple; Kyle Pederson who had a double and triple and Brook Guest, whose two hits plus a sacrifice fly drove home four runs.

Eix, who retired 13 straight Wildcats at one point, finished with a five hitter, walked three and fanned five.

Tyler Haats pitched into the fourth inning and took the loss.

Kevin Soine and Jack Hartley slapped out two hits apiece for New London-Spicer (1-4).

Benson 11, NL-Spicer 5

NL-Spicer 020 002 1 -- 5 5 1

Benson 202 034 x -- 11 9 2

HITTING - New London-Spicer: Kevin Soine 2-for-2, Luke Reiter 1-for-4, Jack Hartley 2-for-3, 2 runs, rbi ... Benson: Dan Martin 3-for-4, 2 rbi, 3b, 2 runs; Brennan Kent 1-for-2, rbi, 2 runs; Kyle Pederson 2-for-4, 2 rbi, 2b, 3b, 2 runs; Brook Guest 2-for-3, 4 rbi, SF; Carter Fennell 1-for-2, 3 runs

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- New London-Spicer: Tyler Haats (L) 4Zc-4-5-4-2-1, Andrew Clancy Xc-3-4-4-0-0, Jack Hartley 1-2-2-2-2-0 ... Benson: Jed Eix (W) 7-5-5-3-3-5