Baseball: No playoffs for Legion team
The outlook for the Rosemount Legion Post 65 baseball team didn't look good early in the season as the team struggled.
But as the season has progressed, the team has shown resilience. That resilience has made coach Jay Baker proud of his squad.
"They learned to deal with adversity," Baker said. "We didn't have a lot of pitching depth. We didn't have a lot of player depth at times.
"They kept trying; kept working at it. They didn't give up. A lot of teams having the season we were would have given up a long time ago. They had a good spirit about them. I enjoyed how they treated each game as if it was a new game and didn't let anything linger."
And because of the players' attitude, Baker thought they improved and were playing their best at the end.
"I was encouraged," Baker said. "I wish the first two weeks could have been like the last two weeks and then we played this thing out. We would have had a fighting chance."
Three games in particular stand out at the end of the season. Rosemount went 2-2 in its final four games, just missing a berth in the district tournament. Only 20 of the 32 teams make the playoffs.
In the final three weeks, Rosemount went 2-2 in a tournament at River Falls, beat Lakeville South, 12-2, and lost to Eagan, 12-2. In the final day of the regular season, Rosemount lost a doubleheader with Lakeville North, one of the top teams in the league.
Eugene Sturm pitched all 10 innings in a 7-6 extra-inning loss in the first game and Rosemount dropped a 7-5 game in the finale.
"Any other division and we probably had a winning record," Baker said.