Prep Roundup: Seykora drives BP baseball

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 2, 2003

Steve Seykora pitched the Blooming Prairie baseball team to a 5-0 victory over Bethlehem Academy Thursday night in Blossom country.

Seykora is now 6-1 this season, boosting the Blossoms to 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the Gopher Conference.

Seykora struck out 11, walked two and allowed just four Cardinal hits.

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Andy Helkenn delivered the crushing blow -- a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to secure the 5-0 lead. It was Helkenn's third homer of the season.

BPHS plays at home today at 5 p.m. in a non-conference game against Kasson-Mantorville.

B.A. tops Blossom softball

Bethlehem Academy scored early and often and held on for a 5-2 victory over the Blooming Prairie softball team Thursday night in Faribault.

B.A. led 5-1 after three innings and overcame a couple errors to keep the Gopher Conference game in hand.

Amanda Schlund led the BP batting corps with two of the team's eight hits. Six others accounted for six singles.

BP stranded eight runners on base, including six in scoring position. The Blossoms (6-5, 4-5) play at Alden-Conger Monday night at 5 p.m.

Lady Rebels romp Wabasha

Michelle Landherr allowed only four hits and the Southland bats supported her with 13 hits in a 7-3 Three Rivers Conference victory over visiting Wabasha-Kellogg Thursday.

Only one of W-K's three runs came earned to Landherr, who walked two, hit one and struck out one.

Bridget Felten finished the game 4-for-4 at the plate, driving in three runs to lead the Rebels. Felten had a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning.

"This was a good boost for us tonight," said Southland coach Karleen Retterath. "We've had a lot of teams right on the wire. I thought Wabasha was probably one of the best competition we've seen all year."

Southland, now 4-5 overall and 3-4 in the TRC, hosts Goodhue today at 4:30 p.m. in a rescheduled rainout from earlier this season.

LOGM splits with Cougars

Cassie Denisen drove in the game-winning run with a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh to earn the host LeRoy-Ostrander/Grand Meadow softball team a split with Mabel-Canton Thursday night in Southeast Conference action.

Denisen, who also earned the pitching victory in the nightcap, plated Brittany Bunne from second base with her two-base hit to give LOGM the 8-7 win.

Ashley Swancutt took the loss in the 5-3 opener. LOGM led 3-2 heading into the sixth and final inning, but three straight hits led to the Cougars' three runs for the 5-3 final.

Melissa Theobald led LOGM with two of the team's seven hits, and Swancutt was 2-for-2 with a double as well.

LOGM hosts Kenyon-Wanamingo for a non-conference contest today in Grand Meadow at 4:30 p.m.

Lions sweep Lyle/Pacelli

Spring Grove's stingy defense and a lack of clutch hitting kept Lyle/Pacelli from winning either game of a Southeast Conference softball doubleheader Thursday night on the road.

The host Lions did not commit an errors defensively and pitcher Katie Tweeten scattered 10 hits over the two-game tilt. L/P dropped to 3-4 overall and 3-2 in the SEC.

"I don't know what it is, we just didn't come through," said L/P coach Missy Blaser. "They were good games, close all the way through. We were always a threat to score, that's for sure."

Spring Grove took the opener 4-1 behind Tweeten's two-hitter. Melissa and Heather Farrell accounted for L/P's only hits. Melissa Farrell drove in Kate Boisjolie as L/P's only run in the opener.

Lyle/Pacelli tapped out eight hits but lost, 6-2. Rebecca Mino plated Louise Mudra for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, and Heather Farrell singled in Nikki Svoboda to tie it at 2-2 in the second.

Mudra had two of L/P's eight hits, while six others contributed singles.

Lyle/Pacelli hosts Dover-Eyota today at 4:30 p.m. at Todd Park in Austin.

S/GM dropped by Chatfield

The Southland/Grand Meadow girls' golf team fell below .500 in Three Rivers Conference play after Thursday's 214-231 loss at Chatfield.

S/GM got a 52 from Charlotte Retterath to lead the way, with Cathy Schneider contributing a 55. Megan Underdahl added a 60 and Heather Reiten chipped in a 64.

Chatfield's Robyn Dudley earned medalist honors.

Southland/Grand Meadow (4-4, 3-4) plays Monday at Fillmore Central at 4:30 p.m.

Busho, Swenson lead BP

Behind the stellar play of ace golfers Calla Swenson and Steven Busho, the Blooming Prairie golf squads split a pair of Gopher Conference duals at New Richland Thursday night.

Swenson, the sophomore who last year qualified for the Class A state tournament, showed how she made it that far with a 3-over-par 39 Thursday at Riverview Country Club. Her score earned medalist honors by 10 strokes lower than the nearest competitor, and the Blossoms won 204-211 over NRHEG.

Busho paced the boys' squad with a 1-over round of 37, earning medalist honors in a 163-167 loss. NRHEG's four contributing scores were 43 or better, including Jeff Recknor's 38.