PREP SOFTBALL: Good Hope’s Benefield tosses no-hitter in 11-0 win at Hanceville

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Good Hope pitcher Molly Benefield allowed tossed a no-hitter and struck out six batters in the Lady Raiders’ 11-0 win at Hanceville Monday night. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Good Hope made the quick trip over to Hanceville for a matchup against its county rivals Monday night and Molly Benefield led the way for the Lady Raiders, allowing zero hits and striking out six batters to help secure an 11-0 win in five innings.

Lizzy Steed led off the top of the first with a single and after Campbell Koch followed with another single later in the inning, an error allowed Steed to score and make it a 1-0 game. Benefield struck out the side in the bottom half of the first. After a scoreless second inning, Kylee Smith laid down a bunt single to advance a pair of runners and another Hanceville error allowed Molly Johnson and Steed to score, stretching the lead to 3-0. Later in the third, Benefield drove a single into left field to plate Koch and Haley Lay to make it a 5-0 game. Good Hope’s big inning continued when Natalie Miller sent a triple into center field, pushing Benefield and Kynzlee Garmon across the plate for two more runs and giving the Lady Raiders a 7-0 lead.

Koch added to the lead in the fourth with an RBI single into right field and Good Hope tacked on three more runs in the fifth. Miller’s second triple of the day brought Benefield and Garmon in for two more runs and just a few pitches later, Miller scored on an RBI groundout from Johnson to put the Lady Raiders in front 11-0. Good Hope collected the final three outs in the bottom of the fifth to wrap up an 11-0 win over the Lady Bulldogs.

Steed was 4-for-4 at the plate in the win and Miller (two hits) finished with four RBIs. On top of her pitching performance, Benefield added three hits and a pair of RBIs at the plate. Koch (two hits) and Johnson each recorded RBIs as well.

The Lady Raiders will be back home Tuesday to play Priceville and the Lady Bulldogs will host Priceville Thursday.

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