A successful first season
Thanks to the addition of a Senior Babe Ruth League team, there's more playing time to be had for high school baseball players in Rosemount this summer.
The first-year team, coached by former Irish baseball standout Brett Thaden, has a record of 7-3. In past years, members of the Senior Babe Ruth teams would have been competing for playing time on the Rosemount Legion and VFW teams.
"When I played three years ago it was just Legion and VFW. The Legion was basically the varsity team and JV players. They did their best to get everyone playing time, but you also want to win games and prepare your varsity squad," Thaden said. "The kids I have are going to be competing for varsity spots next year and instead of sitting a lot of the summer they get to play. It's a good opportunity for them."
The Senior Babe Ruth team continued to take advantage of that opportunity Monday when it rallied for a walk-off 8-7 win over Woodbury.
Woodbury led 7-5 heading into the seventh when Rosemount loaded the bases with no outs. Cody Merrell raced home on a passed ball to make it a one-run game, then Ryan Green served the ball over a drawn-in infield for a two-run single to seal the team's seventh victory.
Jake Schulze led the offense with a pair of RBI doubles.
Green started on the mound and allowed five runs (three earned) over the first two innings before Luke Cassell worked the final five innings to pick up the win in relief.
"(Cassell) did a great job. He threw strikes and let them get themselves out and we made the plays behind him," Thaden said.
Rosemount is back in action Monday at 6 p.m. when it hosts an Eagan team it lost to earlier in the season. The team has two more games to make up before the district playoffs get under way July 7.
"We're winning the games we're supposed to win," Thaden said. "Two of our losses are to a good Eastview team and we're looking forward to playing Eagan again next week."