VFW bats come alive in back-to-back wins
A big fifth inning helped the Rosemount VFW baseball team pick up its second win in as many days, 10-3 over Benilde Thursday night in Rosemount.
Rosemount led 1-0 when Matt Thaden jump-started the offense with a two-run double. Alex Hassenbroek and Andy Hansen each followed with RBI singles and Rosemount went on to send 11 batters to the plate and score six runs in the frame.
The big lead allowed coach Scott Eul to rest starter Andy Hansen, who held Benilde scoreless on four hits over the first five innings.
"(Hansen) was doing really well mixing speeds and hitting both sides of the plate," Eul said. "He was getting outs with ground balls and letting the defense work behind him. It was good to see."
Danny Ferris came on in relief and allowed three runs over the final two innings.
The Rosemount offense got those three runs back in the bottom of the sixth. Brian Rogers led off with a double and Andrew Dawson and Sam Bauer each followed with RBI singles to extend the lead back to seven.
Rosemount will close out the regular season with a home game next Tuesday against Minneapolis. The district tournament gets under way July 23.
Rosemount 11, Richfield 6
Rosemount scored in each of the first six innings of last Wednesday's 11-6 road win in Richfield.
Bryan Herman paced the offense with three hits. Ferris reached four times with a double, a hit-by-pitch and two walks and Brendan McElroy singled, drew two walks and scored twice.
Rosemount took the lead for good when Rogers and Dawson used back-to-back RBI hits to spark a four-run third inning.
"We came in not knowing much about the team," Eul said. "We gave them no chance to stay in the game. We just came out swinging the bats like we know how and put up a bunch of runs."
Thaden took advantage of the run support, holding Richfield to three runs over five innings of work to pick up the win.
Bloomington 11, Rosemount 3
Rosemount committed six errors, helping Bloomington score in each of the first five innings of an 11-3 loss last Tuesday in Bloomington.
"We just came out pretty flat and they were able to keep getting more and more runs on us," Eul said. "We hit a little better late, but by then it was too late for us to come back."
Hassebroek took the loss, throwing the first 4 1/3 innings. Herman came on in relief to record the final five outs.