It happened last month in Wichita, Kan., as the 24-year-old Benson, a 2007 graduate of Cascade High School, pitched a nine-inning complete game for the Studs, giving up just four hits and striking out four in a 5-1 victory over the Wellington (Kan.) Heat.
Benson, who also had a no-decision earlier in the World Series, was named the tournament MVP. The Studs, comprised of players from the greater Seattle area, including Lake Stevens High School graduate Josh Berry, went 6-0 to win the national title after finishing as the runners-up in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
"This was probably one of the biggest accomplishments in my life," said Benson, who works as a paraeducator for special education at Cascade High School. "This was my fifth year playing for this team, we'd finished second three times, and I'd actually pitched in two of those national championship games. So it was nice to finally pitch (in the title game) and to finally win it."
Many current and former major leaguers played in the NBC World Series, and the first tournament MVP in 1935 was future Hall-of-Fame pitcher Satchel Paige.
"I can say that I share something with a player like Satchel Paige," Benson said. "It's cool to be able to say something like that."
Benson, a right-hander who played at Everett Community College, Centenary College and Virginia Commonwealth University, finished the season with a 5-2 record and a 1.29 ERA, with 43 strikeouts in 42 innings. Though never drafted, he has a tryout later this month with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Koenigs second at worlds
Matt Koenigs, the athletic director at Everett's Trinity Western College, placed second in the 30-34 age group and seventh overall at the World Aquathlon Championship last Wednesday in London. An aquathlon combines swimming and running.
Koenigs had a total time of 30 minutes, 7 seconds, 32 seconds behind the winner.
On Friday, the 30-year-old Koenigs, who is also the head cross country and track coach at both Trinity Western and Everett Community College, competed in the Age Group World Sprint Triathlon Championships, also in London. He placed 35th overall and seventh in his age group with a time of 1:06:46, 2:50 behind the overall winner and 1:07 behind his age-group winner.
Koenigs was the top American triathlete in his age group, and is the top-rated U.S. aquathlon athlete for the second year in a row.
Red Raiders win
The Everett Red Raiders jumped to a 21-0 halftime lead and went on to defeat the Eastside Bulldogs 52-12 Saturday at Snohomish's Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Red Raiders are a club team comprised of local community college students, most of them from Everett CC.
Wide receiver Jermaine Jackson had six receptions for 113 yards and three touchdowns, and running back Eugene Holley Jr. and quarterbacks Robert Calloway and Bryson Daggett each had a rushing touchdown for the Red Raiders, who improved to 2-0. Cornerback Paul LeBreche led the team with nine tackles, and cornerback Preston Landon and safety Taylor Mead each had two interceptions.
The Red Raiders travel this week to face Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz.
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