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Softball: Irish win Hastings tourney

It took a two-out, seventh-inning rally, but the Rosemount softball team pulled out a 3-2 win over Hastings in the semifinals of the Raiders' tournament this weekend. Rosemount went on to beat Farmington in the tournament championship.

"We played two pretty good games, and got lucky with the other," RHS coach Jim Matheson said.

Rosemount trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh against the Raiders. There were two outs, and no runners on base.

"We decided it was time for a rally," Matheson joked.

Tanya Kettinger came up and singled. Liz McKewon followed that with an RBI triple to score the tying run. Ashley Johnson then came up and tripled to score the winning run and the game was over.

"That's the third time this year we've won a game like that," Matheson said. "We've been able to pull out games in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and nobody on. We just keep getting ourselves behind. Luckily, we've been finishing ballgames with Liz and AJ coming up. So far, nobody's been able to figure out how to get them out."

Angela Phillips pitched for Rosemount and got the win.

"Hastings is a pretty good ballclub," Matheson said. "They're one of the teams to beat in the section this year. It was interesting to see how we matched up against them."

Lindsey Weisensel had a big defensive play for the Irish in the fourth inning. Hastings had two runners on base with two outs and their No. 4 hitter was at the plate. The Hastings hitter hit a ball into the gap that Weisensel made a great running, back-handed catch of. That ended the inning.

"If that ball would have fallen, it would have gone a long, long way," Matheson said. "That was a game-saving play right there."

Coming into the tournament, Rosemount had allowed 11 runs on the season, only four of which were earned.

"I told the kids after the tournament that I was happy with our record, but that we've got to find a way to stop giving up runs," Matheson said. "We're not quite the hitting team we were last year. We're not going to go out and score six or seven runs every game.

"I think we need to clean some things up defensively. Angela has shown some signs of getting better as she's getting more experience out there, and our hitting is starting to come around. We're showing signs here. There's a lot of room for improvement yet."

Vs Farmington

Rosemount faced Farmington in the final round of the tournament and won, 7-3.

Rosemount fell behind early, 1-0, due to a single and a couple mistakes in the field.

In the bottom of the first, though, Kettinger singled and then McKewon homered to give the Irish a 2-1 lead.

In the third, Maria Leidner singled, Kettinger was hit by a pitch and McKewon homered.

In the fourth, Michaela Goehring tripled and scored on a call of catcher's obstruction at home.

In the sixth, Phillips tripled and scored on a fielder's choice.

Phillips pitched and again got the win.

Vs Red Wing

Rosemount had no problems beating Red Wing in the opening game of the tournament. Rosemount won, 12-2.

Paige Carter pitched for the Irish and gave up just two unearned runs in the effort. She allowed just three hits on the day.

In the first inning, Liz McKewon got the Irish on the board with an RBI.

In the second, RHS scored twice. Angela Phillips tripled and Michaela Goehring singled to score her. Goehring scored on a fielder's choice.

In the third, McKewon singled and then scored on a double by Ashley Johnson. Maria Leidner doubled to score Johnson.

In the fourth, Kettinger tripled and scored on a triple by McKewon.

In the fifth, after a couple walks, Lindsey Weisensel knocked in a run.

In the sixth, Leidner homered to lead off the inning. Goehring doubled and scored on a double by Weisensel.

In the seventh, Rosemount added two more runs. McKewon doubled and scored on a hit by Phillips.

"We hit all the way through the lineup in that game," Matheson said. "That was a good sign."

Lake Conference action

Rosemount beat Lakeville North on April 13, 8-1.

On April 16, the Irish beat Eastview, 3-1.

On April 17, RHS beat Kennedy, 4-1.

On April 18, RHS beat Jefferson, 3-2.

On April 24, Rosemount beat Apple Valley, 4-3.

RHS now has an 8-1 record.