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A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn
The multi-ethnic building was the original home of the music department at UMM. (B.W. photo)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lizzie Staton scores 14th run in 14-13 win

Benson-Hancock 14, Minnewaska 13
Benson-Hancock edged Minnewaska in a wild game 2 of a Tuesday doubleheader. It was wild not just from the standpoint of the frequent runs and hits. B-H pounded 17 hits and 'Waska pounded 15. The game was wild in that fielding broke down for both teams at times. The Brave-Owls committed four errors while Minnewaska struggled with seven.
The final inning determined the victor: B-H plated two runs and 'Waska scored one. The final scoreboard story was B-H with 14 runs and 'Waska with 13. Whew!
The game-winning run was accomplished on a wild pitch. Lizzie Staton, on base as pinch-runner, sprinted home when the wild pitch was uncorked.
This game looked grim in the middle innings for Benson-Hancock. In the middle of the fifth, 'Waska had eleven runs and B-H four. It looked as though 'Waska might complete a sweep of this twin bill. 'Waska won the first game 8-4.
In the second game, Benson-Hancock surged with ten runs scored over the last three innings. Minnewaska kept its engines going too, with eight runs in the last three innings, and ten runs over the last four.
Addie Forbord was the trooper on the pitching rubber all the way for the winning Brave-Owls. She survived the 15 hits off the 'Waska bats. Four of the 13 runs she allowed were unearned. She struck out one batter and walked three. Rachel Erickson took the loss for the Lakers, also pitching the whole way.
Let's take a look at the robust Benson-Hancock offense with the 17 total hits. Nicole Berens had three hits in four at-bats. It warms my heart to see that we continue to have the "Berens" and "Staton" names in Benson sports! I'm not quite so happy about the "Braves" nickname and the logo with headdress feathers. I'm surprised that Benson hasn't been pressured to move beyond that. Strange.
Forbord stoked the B-H offense with three hits in four at-bats. Two of her hits were doubles. Forbord drove in two runs. Kayla Crowell homered and had two RBIs as part of her three-for-five boxscore line. Presley Gonnerman went three-for-five with two RBIs. I'm assuming that Presley is the daughter of the old UMM football player.
These Brave-Owl players each had one hit: Kaitlyn Knutson, Kamri Kalthoff, Grace Lee, Megan Amundson and Brooke Johnson. Lee had two RBIs.
For Minnewaska, Emily Edmunds homered and drove in three runs as part of going three-for-five. Abby Ver Steeg's bat resonated with four hits in five at-bats, and this Laker drove in two runs. Mason Schlief had a double as part of going three-for-four, and this Laker drove in three runs. Alisha Vigil went two-for-four with an RBI. Kaitlyn Lange added a hit to the mix. Carly Stewart socked a double and drove in a run. Bailey Stewart had a hit and an RBI.
Game 1 had 'Waska prevail
B-H outhit 'Waska in game 1, 11-9, but came out on the short end of the 8-4 score. Benson-Hancock had three fielding miscues while Waska had one. Rachel Erickson was the winning pitcher for 'Waska, going the whole way and fanning eight batters. Forbord took the loss, also pitching the distance. Forbord like Erickson set down eight batters on strikes.
Kamri Kalthoff went three-for-three at bat for B-H. Presley Gonnerman drove in two runs. Minnewaka's Emily Edmunds homered, scored two runs and drove in one while posting a two-for-three line. Mason Schlief tripled, drove in a run and finished two-for-four. Benson-Hancock scored three runs in the sixth but couldn't sustain a long enough rally.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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