Prep Softball: Benson/Hancock, YME advance in 3AA-North

Benson/Hancock and Yellow Medicine East each won twice on the first day of the Section 3AA-North softball playoffs on Tuesday. On Saturday in Marshall in the winner's bracket, Benson/Hancock meets New Ulm at 2 p.m. and YME plays Luverne at 2 p.m....

Benson/Hancock and Yellow Medicine East each won twice on the first day of the Section 3AA-North softball playoffs on Tuesday.

On Saturday in Marshall in the winner's bracket, Benson/Hancock meets New Ulm at 2 p.m. and YME plays Luverne at 2 p.m. The winners play at 5 p.m.

First round

YME 9, NL-Spicer 3

(At Redwood Falls) -- Whitney Swenson put YME ahead 5-3 in the third inning with a two-run single. She also drove in a run with a triple and Cassie Cole collected three hits to help the Sting outhit NLS 14-7.


Jenna Moritz hit an inside-the-park home run in the first for the Wildcats.

NLS 111 000 0 -- 3 7 1

YME 014 202 x -- 9 14 4

HITTING - New London-Spicer: Megan Bergeson 1-for-4; Jenna Moritz 1-for-4, solo HR, rbi; Karli Wendlandt 1-for-4, rbi; Brianna Jacobson 2-for-2; Lauren Rustad 1-for-3; Hannah Setterberg 1-for-2 ... Yellow Medicine East: Haley Bennett 2-for-4, rbi; Lauren Trudel 1-for-4; Aimee Johnson 2-for-3; Livi Jeseritz 2-for-3, 2 rbi; Cassie Cole 3-for-3; Whitney Swenson 2-for-4, 3b, 3 rbi; Darcie Listul 2-for-3, 3b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- New London-Spicer: Bridget Bergeson 11/3-2-1-1-0-2 Jessica Rosendahl (L) 21/3-8-5-5-1-1, Krista Olson 21/3-4-3-1-0-1 ... Yellow Medicine East: Molly Anderson (W) 7-7-3-1-2-3

BOLD 9, Redwood Valley 4

(At Redwood Falls) -- Brenna Holwerda, Hillary Mages, Christy Gass, Sam Dooner and Allison Marcus had two hits apiece to help BOLD outhit Redwood Valley 13-6. The Warriors took control by scoring four runs in the third and three more in the fourth.

BOLD 104 301 0 -- 9 13 2


Redwood Valley 011 011 0 -- 4 6 3

HITTING - BOLD: Brenna Holwerda 2-for-5; Hillary Mages 2-for-4, 2 runs; Christy Gass 2-for-5, 3b, 2 runs, rbi; Sam Dooner 2-for-4, 2 runs, rbi; Allison Marcus 2-for-4, 2b, rbi; Brittany Dahlk 1-for-3, 2b, 2 runs, rbi; Laura Padrnos 1-for-3, rbi; Ashley Zuehls 1-for-4 ... Redwood Valley: Randi Tubbs 1-for-4; Molly Madsen 1-for-3, rbi; Laura Houghton 1-for-3, 3b; Taylor Raymond 1-for-3; Ashley Bunting 1-for-3; Chelcie Lueck 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- BOLD: Christy Gass (W) 7-6-4-2-2-3 ... Redwood Valley: Chelcie Lueck (L) 3-8-5-5-0-3, Taylor Raymond 4-5-4-3-3-1

Benson/Hancock 11, Lac qui Parle Valley 5

(At Benson) -- Emily Rajewsky hit a three-run home run to right field in the third inning give Benson/Hancock an 8-0 lead.

LQPV closed the gap in the fifth with three runs for an 8-4 score, but the Brave/Owls tacked on three more runs in the next two innings to secure the win.

Keri Mikkelson had two hits and three RBI for the Brave/Owls. Debbie Reardon added two hits and three runs scored.

LQPV 000 131 0 -- 5 8 3


Benson/Hancock 143 021 x -- 11 9 2

HITTING - Lac qui Parle Valley: Tiffany Volk 1-for-3; Ellissa Schmidt 1-for-4; Megan Sampson 2-for-4; Megan Pillatzki 2-for-4, 2b, rbi; Ashley Splonkowski 1-for-3; Whitley Strei 1-for-2 ... Benson/Hancock: Keri Mikkelson 2-for-3, 3 rbi; Mallory Jensen 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Courtney Frank 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Sarah Ahrndt 1-for-3; Debbie Reardon 2-for-3, 3 runs, rbi; Emily Rajewsky 1-for-4, 3-run HR, 3 rbi; Liz Bridgland 1-for-1

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Lac qui Parle Valley: Nicole Streich (L) 3-6-9-6-3-2, Amy Lhotka 3-3-3-2-0-1 ... Benson/Hancock: Taylor Semler (W) 7-8-5-5-3-11

Montevideo 14, Minneota 6

(At Benson) -- Shelby Monohan threw a two-hitter with two walks. All six Viking runs were unearned.

Montevideo had only four hits off Jodi Merritt, but took advantage of 14 walks. Gretchen Allekson's three-run homer highlighted an eight-run Thunder Hawk fifth inning.

Montevideo 200 082 2 -- 14 4 4

Minneota 402 000 0 -- 6 2 5


HITTING - Montevideo: Gretchen Allickson 1-for-2, 2 runs, 3-run HR, 3 rbi; Jaci Clauson 1-for-3, 2 runs; Karie Blommel 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 rbi ... Minneota: Jodi Merritt 2-for-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Montevideo: Shelby Monohan (W) 7-2-6-0-2-4 ... Minneota: Jodi Merritt (L) 7-4-14-8-14-7-

Loser's Bracket

Canby/Minneota 5, Lac qui Parle Valley 3

(At Benson) -- No details were available at press time.

Redwood Valley 5, New London-Spicer 4

(At Redwood Falls) -- Redwood Valley broke the 4-4 tie in the top of the eighth, then Chelcie Lueck closed the door in the bottom of the frame.

Laura Houghton went 3-for-4 for the Cardinals, with Molly Madsen getting two hits and two RBI, and Randie Tubbs adding two hits.


Taylor Thompsen paced NLS with two hits.

RV 000 031 01 -- 5 10 2

NL-S 100 030 00 -- 4 8 2

HITTING - Redwood Valley: Megan Bunting 1-for-3; Taylor Raymond 1-for-3, rbi; Laura Houghton 3-for-4; Molly Madsen 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Randie Tubbs 2-for-4 ... New London Spicer: Katie Heinen 1-for-2; Taylor Thompsen 2-for-4; Lauren Rustad 1-for-3; Hannah Setterberg 1-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Redwood Valley: Chelcie Lueck (W) 8-8-4-0-4-4 ... New London Spicer: Bridget Bergeson 4Zc-7-*-3-0-3; Jessica Rosendahl 3Xc-3-*-1-0-2

Winner's Bracket


(At Redwood Falls) -- Cheri Fjermestad doubled to lead off eighth and later scored when BOLD misplayed Ashley Vikander's one-out single. Fjermestad also drove in two runs.


Haley Bennett had three hits and Livi Jeseritz doubled in a run to spark YME's 13-hit attack.

Christy Gass tripled and Allison Marcus doubled to tie the game at 2-2 for BOLD in the third.

BOLD 002 201 00 -- 5 10 2

YME 022 010 01 -- 6 13 3

HITTING - BOLD: Brenna Holwerda 1-for-4, rbi; Hillary Mages 2-for-4; Christy Gass 2-for-3, 3b, rbi; Sam Dooner 1-for-4; Allison Marcus 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Brittany Dahlk 1-for-4, 3b; Laura Padrnos 1-for-4; Ashley Zuehls 1-for-4 ... Yellow Medicine East: Haley Bennett 3-for-4; Aimee Johnson 1-for-4; Livi Jeseritz 2-for-4, 2b, rbi; Cassie Cole 2-for-4, rbi; Cheri Fjermestad 2-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Whitney Swenson 1-for-4, rbi; Ashley Vikander 1-for-2; Darcie Listul 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- BOLD: Christy Gass (L) 71/3-13-6-5-1-9 ... Yellow Medicine East: Molly Anderson (W) 8-10-5-3-3-3

Benson/Hancock 7, Montevideo 4

(At Benson) -- Montevideo scored two quick runs in the first inning, then Benson/Hancock (15-4) took the lead with three in the second on Bree Holleman's two-run single.

Jenny Noordmans and Emily Rajewsky had two hits each for Benson/Hancock.

Carrie Johnson led four Montevideo players who had multi-hit games with two doubles. She also scored two runs.

Taylor Semler picked up her second win of the day, allowing four runs on eight hits. She struck out five and walked one.

Montevideo 201 010 0 -- 4 8 2

Benson/Hancock 030 211 x -- 7 8 1

HITTING - Montevideo: Carrie Johnson 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 2b's; Calie Roggatz 2-for-4; Gretchen Allickson 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Karie Blommel 2-for-4 ... Benson/Hancock: Keri Mikkelson 1-for-3, rbi; Jenny Noordmans 2-for-4; Debbie Reardon 1-for-3; Emily Rajewsky 2-for-2; Bree Holleman 1-for-2, 3 rbi; Megan Jepma 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Montevideo: Shelby Monahan (L) 6-8-7-4-3-5 ... Benson/Hancock: Taylor Semler (W) 7-8-4-4-1-5

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