Wabasso’s Emily Benz shuts down Chargers

File photo by Steve Muscatello Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Hannah Biedenbender connects with a pitch during a recent game at MVL.

NEW ULM — Emily Benz’s one-hit performance was more than enough to shut out Minnesota Valley Lutheran on Thursday.

Wabasso defeated Minnesota Valley Lutheran 15-0 in four innings of Tomahawk Conference softball.

Benz picked up the victory for the Rabbits (4-3, 4-1 Tomahawk) with four innings pitched, one hit allowed, no walks, and four strikeouts.

Wabasso coach Tiffany Eichten couldn’t have been more proud of the way Benz pitched.

“I thought Emily did a really good job on her locations today, which is huge,” Eichten said. “She didn’t throw a ton of pitches. One hit, no walks, which is big — especially this time of the year. Can’t ask for anything better than that.”

Alison Benz led the Rabbits with a 4 for 4 day at the plate, which included a two-run double and two bunt singles. Alyssa Greenlee was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a double, while Madalyn Heiling was 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Hannah Biedenbender took the loss for the Chargers (1-7, 1-4), allowing 11 hits, with three strikeouts and six walks.

The lone hit for the Chargers came courtesy of Lauren Paulsen, who was 1 for 1.

Wabasso took advantage of Biedenbender’s early location struggles, scoring five runs in the first inning on four walks and two hits. After a 1-2-3 bottom of the first by Benz, the Rabbits added another three runs in the second inning.

Benz allowed her only hit to Paulsen in the third inning on a base hit to left field, but she struck out three batters in a row after that to end the inning. Wabasso ended the game in the fourth inning after Benz retired the side.

Wabasso plays at Marshall for a 5 p.m. game on Thursday.

MVL hosts Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Martin Luther for a 4:30 p.m. game on Monday.


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