Southwood sophomore Jenny Bentley took care of business on both sides of the ball Wednesday, hitting a home run and pitching a two hit shut out in the Knights 2-0 win over Bluffton.
Bentley set the tone in the first inning, striking out the first three hitters she faced to start the game. The Knight offense, although scoring just two runs had possibilities almost every inning to score. In the bottom of the first Bentley singled and Courtney Simpson drew a walk after fouling off nine straight pitches, but no runs.
In the second inning the Knight defense came up big with Sarah White making a nice leaping catch in center field. Southwood had runners in the second, third and fourth innings, but could not plate a run.
In the fifth, after Bentley struck out the side the Knight offense would go to work. With one out Bentley homered over the left center fence to give Southwood a 1-0 lead. The Knight offense wasn’t done. Courtney Simpson drew a walk and was followed with a single from Logan Hensley. With Simpson on second, coach Troyer elected to pinch run speedster Meranda Friend. That move paid off as Sarah White singled up the middle and Friend raced home for the Knights second run and led 2-0 after five.
Bentley’s home run gave her a homer six games in a row.
Bentley would shut down the Tigers the last two innings, striking out 4 of the 6 outs for the 2-0 win.
Pitching : Bentley 7IP, 2H, 14K, 1BB
Jenny Bentley 2 for 3, HR, 1RBI, 1R
Sarah White 1 for 3, RBI single
Logan Hensley 1 for 3