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Legion is second at tournament

The Rosemount Legion baseball team took second place in a tournament over the weekend, finishing behind a powerful Eden Prairie team.

Rosemount started the tournament with a victory over Rochester in the first game on Saturday. Later on Saturday, Rosemount lost to Eden Prairie.

Rosemount bounced back on Sunday to beat Oakdale and earn a rematch with Eden Prairie in the championship game.

In the title game, the score was tied 1-1 when Eden Prairie scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure the victory, according to Rosemount coach Justin Blackmer.

"We had great pitching from Troy Hoeppner, Justin Wallace and Blake Schwartz in the tournament," Blackmer said.

With a busy schedule, more players are getting a chance to test their skills on the mound.

"A lot of the kids that didn't pitch on the high school team are pitching now," Blackmer said.

Schwartz led the offense, hitting a home run in the tournament.

"We have been hitting the ball real well," Blackmer said.

On Monday, Rosemount continued to play well, winning by the 10-run rule over Lakeville South.

Last week, Rosemount defeated Prior Lake, 11-0, by the 10-run rule, led by another homer from Schwartz. Wallace picked up the win on the mound.

Schwartz played in a statewide high school all-star game on Friday, and he pitched two innings. He has been clocked recently in the low 90s with his fastball, according to Blackmer.

Rosemount will remain busy this week. On Monday, it will travel to Chaska, and then it will host Burnsville on Wednesday.

On July 11-13, Rosemount will travel to River Falls, Wis. for another eight-team tournament.

"That will be our last tournament of the year," Blackmer said.