Assumption explodes vs. Benton

Top-ranked Davenport Assumption was on the doorstep of a tight finish in their Class 3A quarterfinal against Benton Community on Monday night.

Then in the sixth inning, the Knights’ bats came to life.

The Knights led 5-4 heading to the bottom of the sixth, when Davenport Assumption (37-3-1 overall) recorded six hits and scored nine runs for the 14-4 six inning victory.

Davenport Assumption will now face fourth-ranked Humboldt (31-3) in a Class 3A semifinal game on Wednesday. Action will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Diamond 2.

The Knights sent 12 batters to the plate in the sixth inning.

Olivia Wardlow was 3-for-4, with three runs and an RBI. Hannah Wislander and Olivia Allen both had two hits. Allen drove in four runs.

Hannah Kelley (21-1) picked up the win for the Knights.

Shelby Hulsebus was 2-for-4 for the Bobcats (27-15). Megan Gorkow was 2-for-3. Grace Martenson drove in two runs.

Benton will now face Atlantic (30-6) today at 3 p.m. on Dodger Diamond.

DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION 14, BENTON 4

Benton 002 110 — 4 7 5

D Assum. 221 009 — 14 12 1

Grace Martensen (L, 5•IP, 8 hits, 4ER, 3BB, 1SO), Katelyn Buscher •IP, 2 hits, 0ER, 1BB, 0SO); Hannah Kelley (W, 4ªIP, 7 hits, 2ER, 3BB, 3SO) and Alli Timmons (S, 1•IP, 0 hits, 0ER, 0BB, 2SO). 2B–B: Grace Martensen; DA: Anna Wohlers, Olivia Allen; 3B–DA: Lea Nelson. SB–DA: Olivia Wardlow (2), Emma Johnson, Carlie Sammon, Olivia Allen.