Lembke fires one-hitter as Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms softball team blanks Southland 9-0 Saturday

It was a matchup of two of the tops teams in Section 1A softball in Rose Creek Saturday as the Southland Rebels, winners of 10 in a row and averaging nearly 12 runs a game played host to the Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms, ranked No. 4 in the state in the latest Class A poll from the Minnesota Fastpitch Coach’s Association and winners of two in a row and four out of their last five, and it was Blossoms pitcher Macy Lembke coming up with her best performance of the season thus far as she fired a one-hit shutout in a 9-0 Blooming Prairie victory.

The Blossoms scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings, and those would be all the runs Lembke would need as she was nearly flawless in the circle, striking out eight and walking only one in her complete-game, one-hit shutout performance.  Blooming Prairie then broke the game wide open with six runs in the top of the sixth inning to account for the 9-0 final.

Offensively for the Blossoms, Shawntee Snyder belted out two of BP’s 12 hits in the game in four trips to the plate with two RBI’s and a run scored, Anna Haberman was 1 for 5 with a double and a pair of RBI’s, shortstop Catelyn Bartlett went 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, Rachel Winzenburg rapped out two hits in five plate appearances with a run knocked in and another scored, Macy Lembke helped her own cause by going 1 for 4 with a double and two runs scored, catcher Layla Lembke went 1 for 3 with an RBI, Lily Schammel was 1 for 5 with a run scored, and centerfielder Ella Smith went 1 for 4 with a run knocked in.  For Southland, junior first baseman Abby Sorgatz picked up what turned out to be the only hit of the game for the Rebels.

With the win, Blooming Prairie is now 14-3 overall on the season, and the Awesome Blossoms are back into action Monday as they will travel to Waterville-Elysian-Morristown to take on the Buccaneers, with first pitch at 4:30 p.m., and with the loss, Southland is now 14-2 on the season, and the Rebels return to action Tuesday in Houston versus the Hurricanes in the Southeast Conference, with first pitch set for 4:30 p.m. that afternoon.