GREENVILLE, N.C. -- The Benton 16-and-under softball team defeated Washington, N.C., on Thursday 5-4 in the Babe Ruth Softball World Series in Greenville.
Benton led 5-0 after two innings of play. Washington rallied to trim the lead to 5-4 in the fourth inning but Benton was able to sustain the one-run lead to pull out the win.
Benton's Dana Essner picked up the win, throwing 6 1/3 innings and allowing just one hit while striking out five. Whitney Beggs 2/3 of an inning in relief.
Ashley Kern led Benton with two hits and an RBI. Monica Senciboy had one hit with two RBIs.