Bethesda loses just two seniors in Benge and centerfielder Kendra Okey and duo’s leadership and experience will be missed.
“They brought a lot of hustle,” Benge said of the pair. “Kendra’s bat came from three years of averaging in the mid .200’s and this year she’s spent most of the year in the .400’s and that was huge.
“Jordan moved to shortstop from third base and that put a lot of pressure on her and it doesn’t help that she’s (my) daughter and (that) really adds more pressure and she just handled it.”
With a bit of offseason work, Benge hopes the returners will grow from this loss as they now all look towards next year.
“You want the younger girls pick up on that and just try to build,” Benge said. “My freshmen were a little starry eyed at the plate and you have to expect that. I think this experience was good for them today and we’ll start of next season right from this step.”