Post 65 responds with rout in Richfield
After a narrow 5-4 loss to first-place Prior Lake last Tuesday, Rosemount VFW coach Scott Eul challenged his team to come back with just as much effort in the following game against Holy Angels.
Rosemount was able to meet Eul's challenge, ripping a season-high 18 hits and scoring in six of seven innings in a 16-3 rout Thursday in Richfield.
"Everybody was frustrated after losing a tough one at Prior Lake. They came out not wanting to lose again and they came out against a team they were supposed to beat and put them away early," Eul said. "This was by far the best two games we've put together all season."
Matt Thaden got the start against Holy Angels and threw four scoreless innings of three-hit ball. He left with an 8-0 lead and reliever Nolan Swalve held the home team to three runs over the final three innings.
Andrew Dawson got Rosemount on the board with an RBI single in the top of the first. Anthony Winters added an RBI single that highlighted a three-run second and made it 5-0.
Dawson added RBI singles in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively, and finished 3 for 3 with a pair of walks. Rosemount also got three hits from Danny Farris and Brian Rogers, who connected for his first home run of the season during a four-run top of the seventh inning.
Andy Hansen and Sam Bauer also tallied RBI singles.
"We came out and swung the bats right away," Eul said. "We put the pressure on their defense and didn't stop. We swung at good pitches and our hustle was the best it's been all year."
Rosemount opened this week with road games at Bloomington Tuesday and at Richfield Wednesday. The team is back at home tonight when it hosts Benilde for a 6 p.m. game.
Prior Lake 5,
Rosemount jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, then rallied to tie the score in the seventh before falling 5-4 in eight innings at Prior Lake last Tuesday night.
Prior Lake drew two straight walks against starter Alex Hassebroek to start the eighth, then scored the walk-off win with a one-out single.
Hassebroek went all 7 1/3 for Rosemount, allowing four earned runs while striking out nine batters.
Rosemount used some patience at the plate to produce its first two runs in the top of the first. Bryan Herman, Winters and Farris drew three straight free passes, setting up a two-run single by Thaden.
Prior Lake answered with two runs of its own in the second, then took a 4-2 lead heading into the fifth. The score stayed that way until Rosemount tied the game with three straight hits in the top of the seventh. Rogers started the rally with a single, then came around to score on a double by Herman. Winters followed with a double of his own to tie the score.
"This was by far our best game of the year. We came out and scored two early runs and played great defense behind Alex, who was throwing strikes," Eul said. "There wasn't anything we could have done differently. We played a great game."