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Waska wins 12th straight

Minnewaska's Laura Paulson prepares to throw a pitch in the second inning Friday at Benson. After allowing a first-inning run, she blanked Benson/Hancock the rest of the way and finished with a four-hitter. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

BENSON -- Minnewaska's Laura Paulson won a pitching standoff with Taylor Semler of Benson/Hancock Friday as the Lakers prevailed 2-1 in the West Central South Conference clash.

Paulson finished with a four-hitter with one walk and seven strikouts.

Semler tossed a five-hitter with three walks. She had just one strikeout.

Minnewaska (9-1, 13-1) won its 12th straight game.

It was the third one-run loss for Benson/Hancock (4-7, 5-7) this week, falling 4-3 to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and 1-0 to BOLD.

Both teams manufactured a run in the first inning.

In the third inning, Lakers' leadoff hitter Abby Kreitlow got the second of her three hits. She then stole second, advanced on a ground out and came home on Jordan Stalker's ground-ball single.

Mallory Jensen's single through the infield brought home Debbie Reardon in the first inning for the Brave/Owls lone run.

Minnewaska hosts Paynesville (8-2) in a key West Central South Conference game on Tuesday. Paynesville won the first meeting 7-4 on April 9.

In the first meeting of the year between the teams, Minnewaska prevailed 7-0 on April 24 with Paulson hurling a one-hitter.

Minnewaska 2, Benson/Hancock 1

Minnewaska 101 000 0 -- 2 5 1

Benson/Hanc. 100 000 0 -- 1 4 0

HITTING - Minnewaska: Abby Kreitlow 3-for-4, 2 runs; Jordan Stalker 1-for-2, rbi; Breanna Jenks 1-for-3 ... Benson/Hancock: Debbie Reardon 1-for-3, Julia Arndt 1-for-3, Mallory Jensen 1-for-3, rbi; Megan Jepma 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Minnewaska: Laura Paulson 7-4-1-1-1-7 ... Benson/Hancock: Taylor Semler (L) 7-5-2-2-3-1