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Chanhassen blanks Benilde-St. Margaret's

By Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine, 05/11/22, 6:00PM CDT


Sydney Schwartz dominated from the circle for the Storm against the Red Knights.

Chanhassen senior Sydney Schwartz winds into a pitch Wednesday at Benilde-St. Margaret's. She struck out 11 and passed the 600 mark for her career in the Storm's 10-0 five-inning victory. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

As Sydney Schwartz rounded third base and spied the congregation of teammates surrounding home plate and excitedly awaiting her arrival, the Chanhassen senior allowed herself a small grin.

It was just the briefest of moments, but she had been caught having fun. Perhaps marveling in her own success, but more likely amused and amazed by her teammates' revelry.

It was just another day at the ballpark for Schwartz, a starter at Chanhassen since her eighth-grade season and now the team's career leader in home runs and strikeouts.

On Wednesday at Benilde-St. Margaret's, she struck out 11, hit two home runs and drove in five runs in the Storm's 10-0 five-inning victory. Chanhassen, third in the latest Class 4A rankings from the Minnesota Coaches Association, improved to 13-1 overall, 10-0 in the Metro West Conference. Benilde-St. Margaret's (6-3, 5-1) saw its five-game win streak ended.

Sydney Schwartz is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting the first of two homes runs in a victory at Benilde-St. Margaret's. Schwartz hit a home run in her next at-bat to become the school's career leader. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

First Report

Sydney Schwartz hit two home runs, drove in five runs and struck out 11 in leading Chanhassen to a 10-0 five-inning victory at Benilde-St. Margaret's.

The victory was the 13th against one loss for Chanhassen, third in the latest Class 4A rankings from the Minnesota Coaches Association. The Storm remained unbeaten in 10 Metro West Conference games. Benilde-St. Margaret's (6-3, 5-1) had a five-game winning streak stopped.

Schwartz notched the 600th strikeout of a stellar high school career against the third batter she faced. She's already the Storm's career strikeout leader, despite the fact that her sophomore season in 2020 was cancelled during the pandemic.

Schwartz, who is headed to the University of Minnesota in the fall, also became the school's career home run leader. Her solo homer with two out in the fourth was the 32nd of her career and eclipsed the previous record of 31, set by Jessica Bren in 2017.

Benilde-St. Margaret's pitcher Tibby Hessian struck out the side in the first inning but also surrendered a walk, a single, a pair of doubles and Schwartz's first home run as Chanhassen jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Hessian finished with eight strikeouts.

A pitch from Benilde-St. Margaret's Tibby Hessian bounced off the plate and over the head of Knights catcher Maggie Wozniak. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

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