Blossoms cruise past Wolverines in playoff opener
Published 9:25 pm Monday, May 20, 2013
BLOOMING PRAIRIE — The Awesome Blossoms were firing on all cylinders as they opened the Section 1A West Division softball tournament with a 14-0 win in five innings over Glenville-Emmons (6-8 overall) in BP Monday.
The top-seeded Awesome Blossoms (16-3 overall), who have played in the last three Class ‘A’ state tournaments, broke the game open when seven different players came up with a hit in a nine-run fourth inning.
“We were all hitting through the lineup and that was exciting to see,” said BP senior catcher Sam Ivers, who went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. “It’s nice to be able to have everyone hit.”
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BP pitcher Shelbi Swenson struck out 12 and allowed just one hit and she was 3-for-3 at the plate with a triple and three RBIs. BP eighth grader Bria Baldwin was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Ivers said the youngster has provided a lift for the Blossoms.
“We all love Bria, she’s like the greatest thing ever,” Ivers said. “She gets to a lot of balls in the outfield and she can hit too.”
BP head coach Ali Mach said her team did what it had to do for a first round tournament game.
“It’s a good first game,” she said. “I thought we hit pretty hard, which was nice to see. Top to bottom I’m pretty pleased with our lineup and we have the ability to bring kids off the bench.”
BP will now play No. 4 Randolph (14-3 overall) Wednesday at 5 p.m. in BP. The Blossoms beat Randolph 3-0 April 25 and BP topped the Rockets 4-0 May 16.
GE 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 1 2
BP 2 0 3 9 X — 12 12 0
BP pitching: Shelbi Swenson (W), 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 12 K
BP hitting: Tessa Ivers, 1-for-2, RBI, 2 R, 2 BBs; Jenna Krell, 0-for-3, BB, SB, 2 R; Sydney Heiber, 1-for-3, RBI, SB; Swenson, 3-for-3, triple, 3 RBIs, BB; Sam Ivers, 2-for-3, double, RBI, 2 R; Madison Worke, 1-for-3, R; Bria Baldwin, 2-for-3, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Ashley Krohnberg, 1-for-1, triple, RBI, R, 2 BBs; Delaney Nelson, 0-for-1; Elly Strunk, 1-for-1, 2 RBIs, R