Basball: Apple Valley downs Rosemount, 10-1
The Rosemount baseball team watched the momentum it had built come to a screeching halt Monday at Apple Valley.
Coming off a week where they put an end to a 10-game losing streak by sweeping the Bloomington schools and played 11th-ranked Lakeville North to a one-run defeat, the Irish produced just one run and committed four errors in a 10-1 South Suburban Conference loss to the Eagles.
"We came out Monday really flat and didn't seem like we were ready to play," Rosemount coach Chris Swansson said. "After the previous week we were excited about the direction we were going and we took a step back Monday."
A few well-placed hits led to four Apple Valley runs against Rosemount starter Jordan Tumilson in the bottom of the third. Tumilson surrendered three runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth before giving way to Danny Farris for the final 1 2/3 innings.
The Irish (4-14) had seven hits, but only strung a couple of them together in the fifth when Connor Wolf singled and came home on a Chris Leske single to break up the shutout.
The offense produced a season-high 15 hits in last Wednesday's 7-4 victory over Bloomington Jefferson at Dred Scott.
The score was tied 4-4 until the top of the sixth when Leske came home on a suicide squeeze bunt by Joe Waite. An inning later, Wolf plated two insurance runs with a bases-loaded single.
Wolf, Anthony Winters and Morris Valenzuela each supplied three hits for the Irish. Valenzuela had two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored, Winters had an RBI triple and Wolfe knocked in a pair.
Leske added a pair of hits and scored two runs.
"We just had quality at bats that night. The guys were on every pitch, putting the ball in play and more were falling than usual," Swansson said. "It was nice to finally win a close game."
Jake Schulze started on the mound and went the distance, allowing four runs while fanning four and walking two.
Rosemount played another close game back at home on Thursday, but a late rally fell short in a 4-3 loss to Lakeville North.
The Panthers scored two runs in the top of the seventh to go up 4-0 before the Irish scored three runs on four errors in the bottom of the seventh. The tying run was on third when the final out was made.
Nick Seipel supplied two of the team's four hits.
Valenzuela worked the first 6 1/3 innings before Mitch Olson came in to get the final two outs.
The Irish closed out their conference slate with a road game Wednesday at top-ranked Burnsville. The regular season wraps up Saturday morning when the Irish take on Lakeville South at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville.