Tourney highlights busy week
Rosemount's softball team was the definition of the word "busy" during the past week.
The Irish played seven games over a seven-day period, including three games during a tournament on Saturday.
The busy week started May 7, when the Irish lost 3-2 in eight innings to Burnsville in a Lake Conference match-up.
"We let that one get away," Irish coach Jim Matheson said. "We trailed 1-0 for quite a bit of the game. We scored in the bottom of the sixth to go up 2-1. All we had to do was get out of the seventh and we couldn't do it."
Paige Carter started the rally for the Irish with a single, and Maria Leidner followed with a single. They came home on Tonya Kettinger's hit to left center.
The Irish came back the following day and lost another Lake Conference game, 4-0, to Eagan. Eagan is one of the top teams in the state, sporting a 12-1 record.
"They are very good," Matheson said. "It was 1-0 entering the sixth, and they kind of broke it open in the sixth inning."
Rosemount battled back for a 10-0 victory over Eastview on May 9.
"They gave us some runs early with some mistakes," Matheson said.
The Irish lost to Wayzata 6-2 Saturday in the opener of the Benilde-St. Margaret's tournament.
"We didn't play very well against Wayzata," Matheson said.
Kayla Goehring had a triple and Rachel Hoeppner had a home run to account for Rosemount's runs.
In the second round, Rosemount rolled over Fridley, 16-1. The third round found Rosemount winning again, this time 7-0 over Visitation.
"We knocked the ball around pretty good, especially against Fridley," Matheson said.
Chelsea Wenzel had three home runs against Fridley.
On Monday, the Irish got a one-hitter from pitcher Angela Phillips as they beat Lakeville North, 5-0, in a Lake Conference game.
"She had a nice game," Matheson said. "That is probably the best game she has had this year."
Rachel Hoeppner had a strong day at the plate, with two hits, including a double, and three runs driven in.
"Rachel was kind of the star of the game for us," Matheson said.
Paige Cero knocked in the fifth run for the Irish.