The Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms softball team traveled to St. Clair Monday for a non-conference matchup with the Cyclones of St. Clair/Loyola to wrap up a three-game road swing, and it was the Blossoms scoring five runs in the top of the second to help themselves to their third win in a row by a score of 9-3.
The Blossoms scored one in the first and added the five second inning runs to stake pitcher Haven Carlson to a 6-0 lead. The Cyclones tallied a run of their own in the bottom of the second for a 6-1 score, but the Blossoms added two in the sixth and one in the seventh, and Carlson and the Blooming Prairie defense closed the door for the next five innings, as St. Clair/Loyola scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to account for the 9-3 final.
Blooming Prairie belted out 14 hits in the game, led by Lexi Steckelberg, who was 3 for 5 with a double and a run scored, Rachel Winzenburg and Shawntee Snyder were both 2 for 5 with a double, two RBI’s and a run scored, Lily Schammel went 2 for 4, Layla Lembke picked up two hits, including a double, in five official at bats with a run scored, Anna Haberman went 1 for 5 with a run knocked in and another scored, and Ella Smith was 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Blossoms, who scored the nine runs despite leaving 15 runners on base.
Haven Carlson went the distance in the circle for Blooming Prairie to earn the win, as she gave up three runs, two earned, on only three hits, striking out two and walking five.
With the win, the Blossoms are now 7-6 overall on the sesaon, and Blooming Prairie will travel to the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium at the University of Minnesota tonight (Tuesday) for a Gopher Conference matchup with NRHEG, with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.