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Baseball: Lakers rally, 6-5

One bad pitch turned Rosemount's fortunes last Thursday against Prior Lake.

Relief pitcher Mitch Olson left a pitch up to the first batter he faced in the top of the seventh inning and the result was a two-run home run that lifted the Lakers to a 6-5 South Suburban Conference road win.

Starter Nick Seipel had just left the game with a high pitch count after holding the Lakers to four runs (two earned) over the first 6 1/3 innings.

The Irish had 10 hits over the first six innings, but were set down 1-2-3 in the seventh as they fell to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in league play.

The Lakers took the lead with a run in the top of the first, but the Irish quickly tied the score back up when Chris Leske walked and came home on a Morris Valenzuela single in the bottom of the inning.

Two more runs in the bottom of the third gave Rosemount a 3-2 lead. Leske once again started the rally by reaching base, this time with a single, and Anthony Winters and Jordan Turner followed with back-to-back RBI singles.

Prior Lake took its third lead at 4-3 before the Irish rallied for a third time with two runs in the fifth. Valenzuela got aboard with a one-out double and scored the tying run on another RBI single by Turner. A double steal brought in Tommy Wiita and made it 5-4 heading into the sixth.

The Irish rode the arm of Jake Schulze to victory a day earlier in Bloomington.

The junior picked up his first career varsity victory with a complete-game shutout, scattering eight hits and striking out nine while walking three in an 83-pitch, 4-0 shutout of Kennedy.

"He pitched a great game. He was throwing all his pitches for strikes and hitting his spots," Rosemount coach Chris Swansson said. "We're excited about what he's doing."

Matt Steichen

Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.

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