Strong pitching leads Irish to 2-1 win
A pair of solid pitching performances led to one win in two outings for Rosemount's baseball team during the past week.
The Irish beat Burnsville, 2-1, and lost to Bloomington Kennedy, 4-3, in Lake Conference action.
Against the Blaze, the Irish got a strong pitching performance from Blake Schwartz in the 2-1 victory. Schwartz, who struck out 10, was relieved by Justin Wallace, who picked up his second save of the season by recording the final two outs and allowing the only Burnsville run.
"Blake pitched very well," Irish coach Trevor Monroe said. "It was his best outing of the year."
Rosemount scored in the first inning when Dylan Porter walked and Ben Lemke followed with a single. Schwartz sacrificed both runners over, and Mark Radmacher singled to drive them both in.
"Overall, we hit the ball really well," Monroe said. "We had 13 hits in the game, but we are still struggling with trying to manufacture some runs."
Against Kennedy, the Irish led 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, but couldn't record the final outs.
"We just couldn't close the door," Monroe said. "This is the third game this year that has either been bottom of the seventh or extra innings where we had an opportunity to close the game, but we couldn't finish it out."
Rosemount had seven hits in the game.
"We had good at-bats," Monroe said. "We are hitting the ball hard. It was a tough loss for us. We could have moved up a team or two in the standings."
The Irish had a game scheduled for Tuesday in New Ulm, but it was cancelled due to predicted rain.