Prep Softball: Benson/Hancock shares South title with Waska

GRANITE FALLS -- Benson/Hancock earned a tie for the West Central South Conference softball title by sweeping Yellow Medicine East Thursday 4-2 and 8-7 in eight innings.

GRANITE FALLS -- Benson/Hancock earned a tie for the West Central South Conference softball title by sweeping Yellow Medicine East Thursday 4-2 and 8-7 in eight innings.

The Brave/Owls finished 11-3 in league, sharing the crown with Minnewaska.

Game One

Benson/Hancock 4, YME 2

Courtney Frank doubled twice for Benson/Hancock and drove in two runs, while Taylor Semler survived a two-run rally from the Sting in the bottom of the seventh inning.


Benson/Hancock 020 020 0 -- 4 6 1

YME 000 000 2 -- 2 4 5

HITTING - Benson/Hancock: Debbie Reardon 1-for-3, rbi; Keri Mikkelson 1-for-3; Courtney Frank 2-for-3, 2 2b's; Mallory Jensen 1-for-3; Emily Rajewsky 1-for-3, 2b ... Yellow Medicine East: Haley Bennett 1-for-3; Livi Jeseritz 1-for-3; Molly Anderson 1-for-1, rbi; Ashley Vikander 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Benson/Hancock: Taylor Semler (W) 7-4-2-1-1-6 ... Yellow Medicine East: Molly Anderson (L) 7-6-4-0-1-6

Game Two

Benson/Hancock 8, YME 7

Courtney Frank again doubled twice for Benson/Hancock, driving home the winning run with no outs in the bottom of the eighth.

The Sting (8-6, 10-7) pounded out 13 hits and tied the game in the seventh with the help of Aimee Johnson's two-run double and Whitney Swenson's RBI single.


YME 011 000 50 -- 7 13 2

Benson/Hancock 110 401 01 -- 8 11 1

HITTING - Yellow Medicine East: Haley Bennett 3-for-5, 2 runs; Lauren Trudel 2-for-4; Aimee Johnson 1-for-5, 2b, 2 rbi; Ashley Vikander 1-for-4, rbi; Cheri Fjermestad 3-for-4; Whitney Swenson 1-for-4, rbi; Cassie Cole 1-for-2; Darcie Listul 1-for-4 ... Benson/Hancock: Keri Mikkelson 1-for-5, rbi; Julia Ahrndt 1-for-3; Liz Bridgland 2-for-2, 2b; Jenny Noordmans 2-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Courtney Frank 3-for-3, 2 2b's, 2 rbi; Mallory Jensen 1-for-4, 2b; Megan Jepma 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Yellow Medicine East: Molly Anderson (L) 7-11-8-6-4-0 ... Benson/Hancock: Taylor Semler (W) 8-13-7-6-1-2

BOLD 4, Montevideo 0

Christy Gass gave up just one hit -- a single to Ashley Roder in the third -- and allowed only three batters to reach base to earn the win for BOLD.

Laura Padrnos, Alex Ebnet and Brenna Holwerda hit consecutive singles to open the third inning for BOLD. After Holwerda's hit drove in a run, a Montevideo error led to another run. Sam Dooner then followed with a two-run single.

Montevideo 000 000 0 -- 0 1 2


BOLD 004 000 x -- 4 10 1

HITTING - Montevideo: Ashley Roder 1-for-2 ... BOLD: Brenna Holwerda 2-for-4, rbi; Hillary Mages 2-for-3; Sam Dooner 1-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi; Allison Marcus 1-for-3; Laura Padrnos 2-for-3; Alex Ebnet 2-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Montevideo: Shelby Monahan (L) 6-10-4-4-0-1 ... BOLD: Christy Gass (W) 7-1-0-0-1-4

West Central North

NL-Spicer 7, Albany 4

NLS (6-8, 6-9) scored five runs in the first inning behind four hits and three walks. Katie Heinen went 3-for-4 for the Wildcats, which improved to 6-8 in the conference and 6-9 overall.

NL-S..........................500 002 0 -- 7 8 3

Albany 000 130 0 -- 4 8 2


HITTING - New London-Spicer: Megan Bergeson 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Katie Heinen 3-for-4, 2 runs, rbi; Lauren Rustad 1-for-4, rbi; Karli Wendlandt 1-for-3, rbi; Cassie Ziemer 1-for-4, rbi ... Albany: Alyssa Hoppe 2-for-3, 2b; Christine Smith 1-for-4, 3b; Katie Weyer 2-for-4, 2b; Amber Schoenecker 2-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- New London-Spicer: Bridget Bergeson (W) 4-7-4-1-1-5; Jessica Rosendahl 3-1-0-0-1-4 ... Albany: Andrea Doebler (L) 7-8-7-5-2-5

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