Softball: Tougher competition leads to rougher results
Jim Matheson's experience told him there would be rough days ahead.
The longtime Rosemount softball coach warned of tougher competition as the Irish opened the season with three straight wins, all in blowout, shutout fashion.
Matheson cautioned about taking a long ball surge by his team a bit too seriously. He knew tougher pitching might negate the newfound power hitting.
Two losses last week were exactly what Matheson was wary of. His team still has work to do.
"I don't think we've put it all together yet," Matheson said. "The first three games we knew were against the bottom teams in the conference and we did what we were supposed to do to the bottom three teams. From the middle of the Jefferson game, we've just looked flat. I don't know what it is. We'll keep looking, keeping tinkering to find out what works."
Rosemount recovered for a 3-1 win on Monday at Farmington. The Irish (4-2, 3-1 Lake) lost 1-0 to Bloomington Jefferson last week and 2-1 to Eastview in a game that was played as a non-conference competition.
"We knew Jefferson was good," Matheson said. "I thought we played OK, except we didn't hit a lick. We made a big mistake on defense to give them a run. It was one that got away where we thought we had a chance to win."
The offense wasn't much better against Eastview.
Ali Fromme and Kayla Goehring had the lone Irish hits. Rachel Hoeppner had a sacrifice fly that plated Lindsay Weisensel for the lone run.
"I just thought we laid an egg against Eastview," Matheson said. "We didn't look good. We missed signs, got picked off bases, didn't hit a lick and Rachel didn't look like she had her best stuff. She just seems to be a little off."
Rosemount trailed in the first inning against Farmington, but came back for the win.
Chelsea Wenzel had a double and triple and one run scored. Goehring, Kelcy Pollock and Weisensel had RBI.
Hoeppner allowed one earned run on five hits, while striking out five.
Several Rosemount players are among the stat leaders in the state.
Goehring is ninth in the state in hitting with a .583 average. Fromme and Wenzel are tied for second in the state with two home runs.
Hoeppner is seventh with a 0.48 ERA.