Post 65 splits first four games of the seasonStrong starts from Nelson and Tumilson led to wins at Eagan
By: Matt Steichen, Rosemount Town Pages
Low-scoring games have been the trend for the Rosemount Legion Post 65 baseball team so far this season.
Rosemount opened the season last weekend with victories by scores of 4-1 and 3-2 at the Eagan Invitational before losing 11-0 to Apple Valley in its tournament finale on Sunday. The team opened regular season play Monday at Eagan with 3-2 loss, evening its record at 2-2.
Post 65 held a 1-0 lead midway through Monday’s game before Eagan plated two fourth-inning runs against starter Morris Valenzuela. Rosemount tied the score once again in the top of the fifth when Chris Leske singled and scored on a Lucas Haase single. Leske finished with three of the team’s seven hits.
Eagan took the lead back with a run against reliever Tony Prostrollo in the bottom of the fifth and Rosemount failed to retie the score, finishing 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Andrew Nelson pitched Post 65 to a win in last Friday’s season opener, holding Prior Lake to one run and striking out nine in a 4-1 game.
Prior Lake plated its only run in the top of the first, but Rosemount got it right back in the bottom of the frame when Leske singled and scored on a passed ball.
Two more runs came across in the second on a sacrifice fly by Nate LeMoine and another passed ball to make it 3-1.
Another strong pitching performance lifted Rosemount past Omaha in Game 2.
Jordan Tumilson allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits and retired the final eight batters he faced to close out a 3-2 complete-game victory.
Post 65 scored two runs in the top of the third, then notched the game-winner in the sixth when LeMoine walked and scored in a wild pitch.
Leske started out Sunday’s game against Apple Valley with a single, but that was the last hit Post 65 would muster in an 11-0 five-inning loss.
Leske got the start and allowed nine runs on 11 hits over the first 2 1/3 innings.