Blossoms come up short at section tournament

Published 10:05 pm Saturday, May 30, 2009

ROCHESTER — Blooming Prairie had it’s season come to an end in an 18-2 loss to Wabasha/Kellogg in an elimination game at the Section 1A baseball tournament in Mayo Field Saturday.

The Awesome Blossoms’ troubles started in a 6-2 loss to Chatfield in the first round.

That game was tied at two going into the seventh, when the Gophers (16-10 overall) put runners on second and third with no outs after Aaron Krejci made a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Then Chatfield knocked in one run on a single by Michael Bell, and after Israel Clark got the next two Gopher hitters out, he walked a batter and allowed a two-out, three-run double to Ryan Stevens.

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“I think (Israel) might of gotten a little fatigued, but he pitched a good game,” BP head coach Chris Staloch said. “Who knows, if we make the one play, maybe we’re in the driver’s seat instead of having a rough day.”

BP (19-6 overall) had just two hits in the game as Chatfield’s Phil Bray struck out 10 of the first 11 Blossoms he faced before finishing with 17 strikeouts.

“He’s a good pitcher and he’s one of the faster guys we’ve seen all year, but we still should’ve been able to hit him,” said BP center fielder Austin Moe, who was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run. “He was throwing a two-seam fast ball that was tailing away and we didn’t make the adjustment by moving up in the box.”

BP tied the game up at two in the bottom of the fourth when Cooper Nelson knocked a two-out, two-run double into right field.

“It was nice to come back and these guys have battled back all year,” Staloch said. “It just kind of got away from us in the end.”

Chatfield had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Bray homered and Nathan Vogen knocked in a run with a two-out single.

The second game saw the first eight W/K hitters reach base as the Falcons (19-6 overall) jumped out to an 8-0 lead early on.

“I think we needed a big shot in that first inning to get going and we didn’t get it,” Staloch said.

With his season over, Moe now has some fond memories to hold on to as BP won the Subsection 1A title.

“It was a lot of fun and I couldn’t have played with a better bunch of guys. Coach Staloch is a great coach and a great man,” the senior said.

Staloch will miss the nine seniors that BP will graduate.

“It was fantastic. I’ve had the opportunity to work with these guys everyday, some of them for the last four years, and they’re just great people,” he said.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

C 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 6 6 1

BP 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 1

BP pitching: Israel Clark (L), 7 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 K

BP hitting: Justen Ingvalson, 0-for-3; Josh Toquam, 0-for-2, HBP; Matt Zellmer, 0-for-3; Austin Moe, 0-for-2, R, BB; Clark, 0-for-3; Cooper Nelson, 2-for-3, double, 2 RBIs; Aaron Krejci, 0-for-3; Logan Underwood, 0-for-2, BB; Zach Herdina, 0-for-3; Ryan Noble, R, SB

Chatfield pitching: Phil Bray (L), 7 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 R, 0 ER, 17 K

Chatfield hitting: Bryan Neis, 0-for-2, 2 BBs; Ryan Stevens, 1-for-4, double, 3 RBIs; Bray, 1-for-4, HR, RBI, R; Erik Hilgren, 0-for-3; Tyler Chase, 1-for-2, BB; Nathan Vogen, 1-for-3, RBI; Michael Bell, 1-for-2, RBI; Aric Swancutt, 0-for-3; Justin Buss, 1-for-3

1 2 3 4 5 R H E

BP 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 4

WK 8 6 2 2 X 18 13 2

BP pitching: Zellmer (L), 1/3 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 8 R, 6 ER; Krejci, 3 IP, 9 H, 2 BB, 10 ER, 1 K; Moe, 2/3 IP, 3 BB, 0 R, 2 K

BP hitting: Ingvalson, 0-for-2; Toquam, 0-for-1, BB; Zellmer, 0-for-1; Moe, 1-for-2, double; Clark, 0-for-3; Nelson, 0-for-2; Noble, 0-for-1; Jeff Doerhoefer, 0-for-1, R; Abe Hierlmer, R, BB; Pat Trotman, BB; Luke Zellmer, BB, RBI

WK pitching: Holden Hartet (W), 4 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0R ,1 K

WK hitting: Hartet, 2-for-4; Matt Sandstrom, 2-for-2, double, 2 RBIs; Jordan Dick, 1-for-3, 2 RBIs; Zach Wolfe, 1-for-1, double, 3 RBIs; Chris Sill, 1-for-2, double, 2 RBIs; Ben Edelbach, 1-for-3, RBI; Eric Sandstrom, 1-for-3, triple, 3 RBIs; Logan Stuhr, 3-for-3, HR, 3 RBIs