The Rosemount American Legion baseball team was on both sides of a couple of masterful pitching performances in its last two contests.
Last Wednesday, Chris Komorouski held Apple Valley to one earned run in seven innings in an eventual 5-1 victory in Rosemount. After a four-day holiday layoff, Rosemount returned to the diamond and was held to six hits in a 6-1 setback at Chaska.
Despite the setback, head coach Justin Blackmer said his team is in good position heading into the upcoming sub-district tournament. Rosemount will tune up for sub-districts with a pair of home games against Burnsville and Apple Valley this week before traveling to River Falls for a tournament this weekend.
"I don't know where we are in the polls now, but I saw one where we were ranked No. 10 in mid-June and Apple Valley was ranked fifth and we beat them," Blackmer said. "We're showing a lot of heart and a lot of pitchers that didn't get much of a shot in school ball are stepping it up. If we have a lot of fresh arms going into the tournament and district play, I'll be happy."
Komorouski was the latest pitcher to give Rosemount a quality start. He mixed up his fastball and forkball for seven innings in earning his second win of the summer against Apple Valley.
"He never even pitched in varsity. We lost a couple of starters and he's been getting some chances on the hill and he's been solid," Blackmer said. "In two starts so far he's allowed three earned runs. He's got a good fastball and a forkball that he drops right on the plate and it's tough to pick up."
Komorouski also helped himself at the plate, reaching on a single in the second inning and coming around to score on a two-run double by Doug Haase that put Rosemount in the lead for good.
Jordan Wilhelmi extended the lead with an fifth-inning single that scored Troy Hoeppner.
With the score 5-1 in the seventh, Blair Hansen capped the scoring by launching a two-run bomb over the right-field fence.
Eugene Sturm came on in relief of Komorouski and worked a scoreless eighth and ninth.
Rosemount's pitching wasn't as sharp in a 6-1 rain-shortened loss at Chaska Monday night.
Hoeppner got the start on the mound and allowed five earned runs in six innings. His mound opponent, meanwhile, was giving the Rosemount hitters some trouble.
"Their pitcher threw some serious heat, probably in the 90s," Blackmer said. "He had a curveball and a nice change up and we weren't getting anything too clutch when we needed it."
Rosemount scored its lone run in the fifth when Sturm reached on an error and scored on a single by Haase.