Brandon Bennett belted a three-run home run in the first inning and the Jackson Senior Babe Ruth team defeated the Iowa state champions 6-2 on Friday in the first round of the Senior Babe Ruth Midwest Plains Regional in Wellington, Kan.
Jackson, the Missouri champion, advanced to play the Colorado state champion Saturday night. Jackson led 2-0 after one inning when play was suspended due to rain. The game will resume today.
Against Iowa, Alex Beussink recorded the win on the mound for Jackson. He allowed nine hits, struck out three and walked one in pitching the full seven innings.
B.I. Howard and Matt Stueve each had two hits as Jackson had nine hits overall. Trent Steffens and Clay Roth each added a double.
Steffens opened the first inning with his double and Spencer Sander followed with a bunt single. Bennett then gave Jackson the lead for good with his home run.
Jackson added two runs in the third and one in the sixth. Iowa scored single runs in the second and seventh innings.
-- From staff reports