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Black Hawk survives late Ben/Shulls rally
BLACK HAWKS Jordyn Delzer (#9) drives in teammate Hannah Herbst in the third inning of Fridays prep softball game against Benton/Shullsburg at Swift Park.

    BENTON — Hannah Butler scored a key insurance run in the top of the seventh inning, and then she shut down a rally by host Benton/Shullsburg in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead Black Hawk to a 6-5 victory over the Zephyr-Miners in a Six Rivers Conference crossover softball game at Swift Park on Thursday, May 11.
    The Warriors (10-11 overall, 7-6 SRC) scored twice in the top of the second inning, once in the third and twice more in the fourth to build up a 5-0 lead. Mia Jackson doubled in a run in the second inning, and she drove in another and scored a run in the fourth.
    The Zephyr-Miners (6-13, 4-8) broke through for a run in the home-half of the fifth on a RBI-single by Jordan Busch, and then Morgan Emery launched a two-run home run over the centerfield fence in the sixth to trim the gap to 5-3.
        Black Hawk answered back with a run in the top of the seventh when Jordyn Delzer doubled in Butler to put the Warriors ahead 6-3.
    That run would hold up as the game-winner after the hosts rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull back within a run.
    Pitcher Hattie Rennert drove in Busch with a fielder’s choice and Lily Carver followed with a RBI-double to plate Lydia Jones to trim the Warriors’ lead to 6-5.
    The hosts put the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second with two down, but Butler recorded a strikeout for the final out to preserve the victory.
    Jackson was 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI and a run scored, while Delzer went 2-for-3 with a double, a RBI and a run for the Warriors.
    Carver went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a RBI. Emery homered and Kindle Cook doubled for Ben/Shulls.
    Butler (9-10) allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks and finished with nine strikeouts en route to the complete-game win. Rennert (6-8) gave up three earned runs on 10 hits with two Ks and walks to suffer the loss.
    The Warriors split their other two games last week, falling 7-3 to the #3-ranked (D4) Juda/Albany Panthers in a Six Rivers East game at Juda on Tuesday, May 9, and edging Highland with a 5-4 walkoff win in a SRC make-up game at South Wayne on Friday, May 12.
    J/A’s Sara Jordan and Sammi Detra each homered to lead the Panthers over the Warriors. Hannah Herbst went 2-for-3 with a run, while Butler and Delzer ripped doubles in the game.
    In Friday’s game, Delzer’s two-out base hit in the bottom of the seventh inning plated Sammy Lovelace for the winning run as the Lady Warriors walked off with a 5-4 decision over the visiting Cardinals.
    Lovelace was 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Black Hawk, and Butler struck out 11 batters in the circle.
    After going 0-4 on the diamond last week, the Zephyr-Miners began a new week by rolling over the Pecatonica Vikings, 14-1, in five innings in a SRC clash at Swift Park on Monday, May 15.
    The hosts plated runs in every turn at bat, including a pair of four-run outbursts in the second and third innings and a five-run rally in the fourth frame, to knock off the Vikings in their home finale.
    McKailah Strang was 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, while Cook went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI and Savanna Hilby went 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored.
    Kelsie Goffinet was 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored, and Carver drove in two runs.
    Rennert struck out five batters over three innings and allowed a run on three hits to earn the win. She helped herself by going 3-for-3 with a double and a run.
    Last week, Ben/Shulls fell to Potosi, 10-0, in a Six Rivers West contest, and then went 0-2 at the Argyle Tournament, dropping a 14-3 decision to Dodgeville and a 17-9 shootout to the host Orioles.
    Ben/Shulls closes the regular season at Argyle on Thursday, May 18, starting at 5 p.m., while Black Hawk hosts Pecatonica in a make-up game for their finale on Monday, May 22, also at 5 p.m.

Black Hawk… 021  200  1 – 6  10  3
Ben/Shulls…. 000  012  2 – 5    9  1
Leading Hitters: BH– Mia Jackson 2x2, Jordyn Delzer 2x3. 2B- Jackson, Delzer. B/S– Lily Carver 3x4, Jordan Busch 2x4. HR- Morgan Emery. 2B– Carver (2), Kindle Cook.
WP- Hannah Butler. LP- Hattie Rennert.
At Benton, on Thursday, May 11

Juda/Albany… 210  004  0 – 7  6  1
Black Hawk…. 100  002  0 – 3  7  1
Leading Hitters:  Hannah Herbst 2x3, Natalie Leuzinger 2x3. 2B- Hannah Butler, Jordyn Delzer.
WP- Becker. LP- Hannah Butler.
At Juda, on Tuesday, May 9
Ben/Shulls… 000  00 –   0  4  5
Potosi……… 230  5x – 10  5  1
Leading Hitters: Savannah Hilby 2x2. 2B- Hattie Rennert.
WP- Noonan. LP- Jordan Busch.
At Potosi, on Tuesday, May 9
Highland……. 001  030  0 – 4  4  3
Black Hawk… 301  000  1 – 5  6  3
Leading Hitters:  Sammy Lovelace 2x4. 2B- Lauren Schultz.
WP- Hannah Butler. LP- McMannes.
At South Wayne, on Friday, May 12

Ben/Shulls… 130  400  1 –   9  13  1
Argyle……… 310  409  x – 17  14  0
Leading Hitters: Kelsie Goffinet 3x4, Lily Carver 2x3, Lexi Fladseth 2x2, Jordan Busch 2x3. 2B– Fladseth.
WP- Mathys. LP- A. Redfearn.

Dodgeville…. 370  013 – 14  19  1
Ben/Shulls… 002  100 –   3    6  1
Leading Hitters: Kelsie Goffinet 2x3. 2B– Goffinet.
WP- Wasley. LP- Jordan Busch.
At Argyle, on Saturday, May 13

Pecatonica… 010  00 –   1    5  2
Ben/Shulls… 144  5x – 14  15  1
Leading Hitters: McKailah Strang 3x4, Hattie Rennert 3x3, Kindle Cook 2x4, Savannah Hilby 2x3, Kelsie Goffinet 2x3. 2B– Rennert, Cook, Hilby.
WP- Rennert. LP- McKeon.
At Benton, on Monday, May 15