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Softball: Irish score early, hang on to win

After a couple of rain-related game cancellations, Rosemount's softball team came on strong Monday with a 5-2 victory over Kennedy in Lake Conference action.

Rosemount scored first, tacking on a single run in the bottom of the first inning on a home run by Maria Leidner.

The Irish wasted little time adding to the lead, scoring three more times in the second to build a 4-0 advantage. Angela Phillips led off the second with a double and came around to score on a single by Rachel Hoeppner. Kelcy Pollock singled in Hoeppner, and Pollock came around to score on a hit by Paige Carter.

In the third inning, Leidner led off with a single and, after a hit by Tonya Kettinger, an error let Leidner come home to build the lead to 5-0.

Kennedy scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but never seriously threatened to take the lead.

Phillips pitched the complete game to pick up the win for Rosemount. She improved her record on the mound to 6-3.

"We did OK," Irish coach Jim Matheson said. "We got off to a 5-0 lead right away. We didn't get another hit the rest of the game."

After allowing the bases to load in the first inning, Phillips dominated through the fifth inning before allowing two late runs.

The game could have been more closely contested if not for the defensive play of right fielder Lindsey Weisensel.

"She had a couple of really nice plays," Matheson said. Weisensel ran down a a hit into the gap to save a couple of runs, then fielded a line drive on a hop in right field and threw out the runner at first base to end the game with a couple of runners on base.