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BLOOMING PRAIRIE — While racking up the hits usually leads to scoring runs, the Blooming Prairie baseball team found other ways to score in a 14-0 win in five innings over Lyle/Pacelli (0-1 overall) in BP Tuesday.

By the time the Awesome Blossoms (2-3 overall) got their first hit of the game in the third inning, they held a 5-0 lead after Zach Herdina singled and ended up on third after an L/P error in the outfield allowed him to advance and a run to score.

“He came out early with a good fast ball,” Herdina said of L/P starter Cody Meyer. “We made our adjustments and found ways to get on base.”

Meyer had allowed two walks in the first two innings but things got out of control in the fifth. Luc Zellmer struck out to start the inning but he moved to first on a passed ball and he advanced three more bases and scored on a passed ball, Luke Hueman reached on an error and eventually scored on a wild pitch and Justen Ingvalson was hit by a pitch and scored on a wild pitch.

BP was hit by pitches three times in the game.

“If it’s coming at you, what are you going to do?” said Herdina, who was hit by a pitch while going 2-for-3 at the plate. “You do what you’ve got to do to get on base.”

BP, which had eight hits and drew seven walks as a team, put up seven runs in the third and seven runs in the fourth to put the game away and L/P head coach Reid Olson said his squad has some work to do.

“We’re young and you could tell this was our first game. We’ve got to come out with better life,” he said. “We think that our pitching can be one of our strengths. We’ve got some attitude adjusting we need to take care of and we’ll work on that. We’ve got to have people step up and make plays.”

Sophomore Luc Zellmer was in control on the mound the entire game for BP. He retired the first 11 hitters he saw until Stephen Juenger slapped a single to right field with two outs in the top of the fourth inning.

“That’s all right (that I didn’t get the no-hitter),” Zellmer, who had four strikeouts, said. “I knew If I kept throwing strikes and kept it low, my defense would be there.”

BP head coach Chris Staloch was pleased with the improvement Zellmer showed in just his second career varsity start. Last week, Zellmer allowed seven walks in four innings of an 8-7 loss to Kenyon/Wanamingo.

“He made a huge adjustment from the first game,” Staloch said. “He’s going to be a good one and he hasn’t even let loose. I think he’s working on his mechanics to get the ball over and once that happens consistently, we’ll see a little more gas out of him. He can actually throw pretty hard.”

L/P 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 1 3

BP 0 0 7 7 X — 14 8 0

BP pitching: Luc Zellmer (W), 7 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 4 K, HBP

BP hitting: Justen Ingvalson, 1-for-2, RBI, 2 R, HBP; Jeff Doerhoefer, 1-for-2, 2 RBIs, R, 2 SB, 2 BB; Coper Nelson, 1-for-3, RBI, R; Aaron Krejci, 1-for-2, 2 R, BB, HBP; Zach Herdina, 2-for-3, 2 R, HBP; Isiah Toquam, 1-for-2, RBI, 2 R, BB; Ryan McCabe, 0-for-2; Zellmer, 1-for-2, 2 R, BB; Luke Hueman, 1-for-2, 2 R, BB; Brad Wacelka, BB, RBI, R

L/P pitching: Cody Meyer (L), 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 K, 2 HBP; Michael Lonergan, 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 K, HBP; Carter Guthmiller, 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 ER, 1 K

L/P hitting: Skylar Meyer, 0-for-2; Guthmiller, 0-for-2; Cody Meyer, 0-for-1; Randy Klouse, 0-for-2; Lonergan, 0-for-1; Joe Lewison, 0-for-1; Matt Kasel, 0-for-1, BB; Jordan White, 0-for-1, HBP; Kyle Meyer, 0-for-2; Stephen Juenger, 1-for-1