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