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Softball: Irish pound out 14 hits in win

Last week's predicted snowstorm, which actually turned into a rainstorm, halted a portion of the Rosemount High School softball team's schedule.

However, because the precipitation fell as rain instead of snow, the Irish were able to play on Monday.

Rosemount took advantage of the opportunity to play their second game of the season, defeating Bloomington Kennedy, 5-2, in a Lake Conference contest.

"Actually, we didn't play as well as we did against Burnsville," Irish coach Jim Matheson said, comparing the win to the season-opening victory. "Defensively we didn't play very well."

Offensively, the story was different, as the Irish pounded out 14 hits.

"That is a pretty significant number," Matheson said. "The thing we were most impressed with is we got a hit with all nine spots in the batting order."

With 14 hits, one might have expected more runs, but clutching hitting was lacking until Rachel Hoeppner pinch hit and drove in the first two runs of the game.

"That hit kind of loosened the kids up a little bit," Matheson said.

Paige Carter had three hits, including a triple, to lead the offense.

Also, Mariah Leidner, Tonya Kettinger and Amanda Wilson each tallied a pair of hits.

"Our top four hitters all had two hits," Matheson said.

The Irish scored two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, and then added the fifth run in the top of the seventh to secure the three-run victory.

Kennedy scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

Matheson was somewhat concerned by the play of his defense, which will need to sharpen up.

"We made some plays in the field, and some we didn't," he said.

Angela Phillips pitched the complete game for the Irish, and she allowed seven hits to improve her record to 2-0.

On Wednesday, the Irish lost 7-1 to Bloomington Jefferson in a Lake Conference match-up.