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KMS earns sweep

Sam Dunn of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg lets a pitch fly against Benson/Hancock during the first game of a non-conference softball doubleheader Monday at Murdock. She gave up five hits in a 4-1 win. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt1 / 2
Amy Neal of KMS hits a two-run single to right field in the first inning of the Fighting Saints' first game of a doubleheader against Benson/Hancock Monday in Murdock.2 / 2

MURDOCK -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg scored early in both games of a non-conference softball doubleheader, taking two wins from Benson/Hancock Monday.

The Fighting Saints (13-2) scored four runs in the first inning to win the first game 4-1, then scored four runs in the third inning of the second game in a 5-4 victory.

Sarah Carlson started the first inning of the twinbill with a triple, then scored on Nikki Pedersen's single. Demi Young got a base hit, then scored on Amy Neal's two-run single to right field. Brooke Carlson finished the scoring with an RBI double.

Sam Dunn earned the win. She allowed five hits and struck out four batters.

Julia Ahrndt paced Benson/Hancock with two hits.

The Brave/Owls (5-8) scored three runs in the first inning of the second game to take a 3-1 lead, but KMS responded with a triple from Bailey Carlson, a double from Britta Diem, a single from Briana Baker and a double from Pedersen to retake the lead, 5-3.

Erin Haglund picked up the win for KMS, pitching five innings of hitless relief.

Game One

KMS 4, Benson/Hancock 1

Benson/Hancock 000 001 0 -- 1 5 1

KMS 400 000 x -- 4 5 1

HITTING - Benson/Hancock: Datriana Jensen 1-for-3, rbi; Emily Rajewsky 1-for-3; Brennan Hagen 1-for-3; Julia Ahrndt 2-for-3 ... Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: Sarah Carlson 1-for-3, 3b; Nikki Pedersen 1-for-3, rbi; Demi Young 1-for-3; Amy Neal 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Brooke Carlson 1-for-3, 2b, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Benson/Hancock: Taylor Semler (L) 7-5-4-4-1-3 ... Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: Sam Dunn (W) 7-5-1-0-0-4

Game Two

KMS 5, Benson/Hancock 4

KMS 104 000 0 -- 5 7 5

Benson/Hancock 300 000 1 -- 4 4 3

HITTING - Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: Erin Haglund 2-for-3; Britta Diem 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Tabitha Feldman 1-for-3; Nikki Pedersen 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Briana Baker 1-for-3, rbi; Bailey Carlson 1-for-4, 3b, rbi ... Benson/Hancock: Julia Ahrndt 1-for-3, 3b, rbi; Taylor Semler 1-for-3, rbi; Brennan Hagen 1-for-1, rbi; Debbie Reardon 1-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: Nikki Pedersen 2-4-3-1-2-1; Erin Haglund (W) 5-0-1-0-2-8 ... Benson/Hancock: Taylor Semler (L) 4-6-5-3-0-2; Julia Ahrndt 3-1-0-0-1-3