Benge Blasts Pair of Homers, Throws Complete Game to Sweep Skyhawks

  Aaron Frey
  Wednesday, April 10, 2019 10:58 AM

Dixon, IL

Madison Benge (Stronghurst, Ill./West Central) threw a complete game and homered twice in Game 2, helping the Carl Sandburg College softball team to an Arrowhead Conference sweep at Sauk Valley on Tuesday.

Sandburg 5, Sauk Valley 4

Sandburg         021      020      0          —        5          5          2
Sauk Valley     100      021      0          —        4          8          7         
W: Kylie Stineman 7 IP, 4 K, 1 BB

Key Moment
With the Chargers clinging to a 5-4 lead in the seventh, the Skyhawks put runners on second and third with two out before Kylie Stineman (New Boston, Ill./Mercer County) induced a popup to second baseman Lizzie Malcolm (Moline, Ill./Alleman) to close out the victory.

Sandburg Standout
Stineman went the distance in the circle, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four.

Other Top Chargers

  • Lauryn Campbell (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) 1 for 4, two RBIs
  • Erin Flairty (Pekin, Ill./Pekin) 1 for 4, double, two runs

Sandburg 9, Sauk Valley 4

Sandburg         004      040      1          —        9          16        1
Sauk Valley     100      100      2          —        4          8          1
W: Benge 7 IP, 2 K, 1 BB

Key Moments

  • After Campbell tied the game 1-1 with an RBI single in the third, Benge stepped up and smacked a three-run homer to left to give the Chargers the lead for good.
  • Campbell led off the fifth with a base hit, and Benge followed with a two-run homer to center, sparking another four-run inning the Chargers to go up 8-2.

Sandburg Standout
Benge’s pair of homers accounted for all five of her RBIs. She also picked up the victory in the circle, scattering eight hits while striking out two and walking one.

Other Top Chargers

  • Grace Wilmington (Chillicothe, Ill./Illinois Valley Central) 3 for 4, run
  • Katie Droste (Biggsville, Ill./West Central) 2 for 4, run, RBI
  • Emily Bloomer (Burlington, Iowa/Burlington) 2 for 4, double, run
  • Campbell 2 for 4, two runs, RBI
  • Malcolm 2 for 4, two runs
  • Julia Vosburgh (Woodstock, Ill./Woodstock) 2 for 4, double, RBI

The Chargers (12-16 overall, 5-1 Arrowhead Conference) host Spoon River in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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