Saints top Braves in baseball opener, 10-2

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Jared Knutson (left) waits for a pitch that never arrives as Brandin Dahl lines a two-run hit down the leftfield line during the Saints’ opening-game win over Benson last week.
After Dan Lenarz was injured early in the game, Hunter Mondor responded with 3 1/3 innings of quality pitching.

The Benson baseball team opened up the season with a pair of losses to KMS (10-2) and Montevideo (3-2).  The Braves scored the first run in both games, but were unable to hold on to the lead.  The loss to Montevideo was especially tough as Benson led 1-0 going into the bottom-half of the sixth when the Thunderhawks plated three runs....

A big fourth and fifth innings by the Saints paved the way for a 10-2 opening-game win by KMS over Benson last Tuesday night on Chiefs’ Field in Benson.

That wasn’t the story of the night however.  Benson junior Dan Lenarz, one of the top pitchers for the Braves this season, injured his knee while swinging at a pitch early in the game.

He started for the Braves and pitched a scoreless first inning with two strikeouts before suffering the injury. “I could hear something from the third-base box so I knew something wasn’t right,” Hulterstrum said.  “We got ice on it right away and he was planning on going to the doctor the next day.  We can only hope for the best.”

Sophomore Hunter Mondor came in to relieve Lenarz the second inning and he went on to suffer the loss, giving up five hits, eight runs (four earned) and six walks with two strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings....
 

 

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Pictured, top: Jared Knutson (left) waits for a pitch that never arrives as Brandin Dahl lines a two-run hit down the leftfield line during the Saints’ opening-game win over Benson last week.

Pictured, bottom: After Dan Lenarz was injured early in the game, Hunter Mondor responded with 3 1/3 innings of quality pitching.
 

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