Benson Jr. Legion still tied for second after splitting with Kerkhoven

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Brad Wilke (right) tries to lay down a bunt for the Kerkhoven Jr. Legion team as Benson catcher Sam Lenarz gets ready to field the ball, which eventually rolled foul.

The Benson Jr. Legion split a pair of league games last week to put its overall record at 8-4 and league mark at 5-3 for the summer.

Benson beat Kerkhoven last Monday night at home, 7-2, and also lost at ACGC last Tuesday, 10-8.  Patrick Minchow and Cole Hedman had four combined hits each for the Bandits during last week’s action, while Sam Grussing earned the victory on the mound against Kerkhoven.

Benson, coached by Mark Grussing, was set play at NLS, Tuesday (yesterday) and at Kerkhoven (Sunburg), Friday at 4 p.m. to close out the regular-season.  The playoffs are set to begin July 23.  League standings can be found on page 3B.

Benson 7, Kerkhoven 2

Benson scored two runs in the first inning and, after Kerkhoven tied it up with single runs in the second and fourth innings, the Bandits scored the gamewinner in the fifth and added four more runs in the sixth.

Sam Grussing gave up just six hits and two runs over the first five innings to earn the win, while Sam Lenarz pitched two innings of shutout ball in relief.

Offensively, Cole Hedman was 3-for-4 with two RBI, Patrick Minchow was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and Sam Lenarz was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs for Benson.

The Bandits, who outhit Kerkhoven 9-7, also got hits from Grussing and Kellen Schmidt.  Isaac Call took the loss for Kerkhoven, while Wylee Lottman and Ely Johnson had two hits each to lead the Kerkhoven offense, and Jared Cortez, Gabe Thorson, and Brody Forsell each had one.


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