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Lakers shutout Patriots in state softball quarterfinal

The 2021 Class B State Softball tournament kicked off Thursday at Jamestown's Trapper Field.

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Brooklyn Benno of Des-Lacs Burlington/Lewis & Clark delivers a pitch Thursday, June 3, 2021, at the North Dakota State Class B Girls' Softball Tournament at Trapper Field in Jamestown. John M. Steiner / The Sun

JAMESTOWN -- Brooklyn Benno broke the seal to score the first run of the 2021 Class B state softball tournament Thursday morning at Trapper Field.

After a scoreless three innings between Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark and Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg, Benno, the senior clean-up hitter for DLB, singled to right-center field scoring Kaelyn Bachmeier to make it 1-0. The No. 1-seeded Lakers ended up topping the Patriots 5-0 to advance to Friday's semifinals.

DLB will face the winner of Beulah vs. Thompson.

"It's a great feeling," Benno said of being back at the state tournament. "We've kind of said, 'Respect all and fear none.' We knew that we needed to get the bats going and that's going to be a common theme for the rest of the tournament.

"We're just one step closer to where we want to be so it feels good."

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Benno, a six-year varsity team member, took command of the game on the mound. The senior delivered 12 strikeouts to shut down the Patriots' bats. Benno had seven consecutive strikeouts before MPCG's Maysa Larson advanced to first on an error by Cambrey Benno in right field.

Benno surrendered just three hits and allowed two walks across her seven innings pitched.

"My game plan for this game and every game is just to do my best ... and try to get as many outs for the team," Benno said.

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Brooklyn Benno of Des-Lacs Burlington/Lewis & Clark delivers a pitch Thursday, June 3, 2021, at the North Dakota State Class B Girls' Softball Tournament at Trapper Field in Jamestown. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Brynley Benno followed her cousin's lead at the next at-bat, powering one to right to score the second run of the game. With no Laker outs on the board and a runner on second, MPCG pitcher Rylee Satrom had some work to do to end DLB's streak.

The freshman delivered three straight strikeouts to keep it a two-score game.

"She's solid, she doesn't get rattled, and as you saw, she was down with no outs and she came back and got three outs," MPCG head coach Timothy Spurgeon said of Satrom. "It's nice when her sister is the catcher. They can kind of calm each other down."

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Satrom and her sister Raina worked together to produce six strikeouts, allowing four runs off seven hits.

While it was a valiant attempt by the freshman pitcher-catcher duo, it didn't have any answers for Benno and the top-ranked Lakers.

Cambrey made it a 5-0 ballgame scoring off Shaylie Holen's single up the middle.

"I think we are capable of getting to that championship game and even taking it," Benno said. "We've worked way too hard to let it slip now."

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Marit Judisch of May-Port-C-G takes a swing at a pitch Thursday, June 3, 2021, at the North Dakota State Class B Girls' Softball Tournament at Trapper Field in Jamestown. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis and Clark 5, Mayville-Port/CG 0

MPCG -- 000 000 0 -- 5 9 1

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DLB/LC -- 000 221 X -- 0 3 2

Highlights

DLB/LC -- Brooklyn Benno; MPCG-- Rylee Satrom, Ilanora Peterson (6). W -- Benno; L -- Peterson.

DLB/LC: Benno (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K) 1-3, RBI; Addyson Hughes 2-3; Cambrey Benno 1-3; Shaylie Holen 2-3, RBI.

MPCG: Maysa Larson 2-3; Rylee Satrom 1-3.

Gerber is a sports writer for the Jamestown Sun.
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