Softball: Irish put scare into Jefferson, No. 1 North
The Rosemount softball team put a scare into some of the top teams in the state in the Section 3AAA tournament.
The Irish were finally knocked out after a 3-1 loss to No. 1-ranked Lakeville North last Thursday. Before that, they held a one-run lead late in a 2-1 loss to returning state tournament team Bloomington Jefferson. The Irish opened the tournament by upsetting ninth-ranked Eastview 5-3 in eight innings last Tuesday at Dred Scott in Bloomington.
The 1-2 postseason showing left the Irish with a record of 10-8 on the spring. The 18 games were played in a span of 28 days.
Anna Hinderaker and Nichole Johnson hit RBI singles in the top of the eighth to lift the Irish past Eastview in the opening round last Tuesday.
The Lightning plated two runs in the fifth to take the lead, but Gabby Sprang worked out of jams in the sixth, seventh and eighth to close the door.
Melissa Seldon got the Irish on the board in the third with a solo home run. An inning later, Hannah Esselman hit an RBI single to give the Irish the lead.
It was 3-2 Eastview when Johnson ripped a two-out single to score Hinderaker with the tying run.
Rosemount finished with 12 hits, but managed just five total in their next two games.
The Jaguars were in danger of being shut out by Rosemount for the second time this season before leading off the seventh with a triple. The tying run came around to score and an error and three straight singles in the bottom of the eighth sent the Irish to the consolation bracket.
Hinderaker scored the team's lone run when she walked and scored on an Esselman double in the top of the third. The Irish put a runner in scoring position with one out in the eighth, but couldn't come through with a go-ahead hit.
Top-ranked Lakeville North earned what turned out to be their 20th and final victory of the season last Thursday against Rosemount. The Panthers returned to Bloomington on Friday and were upset 4-1 by Eastview.
Sprang allowed six hits and struck out 10 in the loss.