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Irish waste little time disposing of Hastings

The way the first round of the Legion baseball playoffs were set up, the better team was likely to come out on top.

Because it was played as a best two-of-three series, Rosemount felt confident in its chances against Hastings.

Rosemount didn't have to worry about one hot pitcher, or one bad day, ending its post-season run.

At the end of the series, Rosemount actually had very little to worry about. It swept Hastings in two games.

Rosemount won game one, 4-1, behind seven solid innings from starting pitcher Blake Schwartz. He struck out 11 and was relieved for the eighth and ninth innings by Justin Wallace, who picked up the save.

The bottom of the lineup provided a spark for Rosemount's offense.

Leading 1-0 in the eighth inning, Rosemount scored three times to take complete control of the contest.

Brett Thaden started the rally when he was hit by a pitch. Chris Komorouski pinch hit and singled, and Blair Hansen followed with a triple to drive both of them in. Matt Foley finished the rally with a single to drive in Komorouski.

"Blake had a great pitching performance and Wallace closed them down," Rosemount coach Justin Blackmer said.

In the second game, Rosemount rolled to a 13-2 victory in seven innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Eugene Sturm pitched all seven innings, striking out seven.

There were several hitting stars for Rosemount.

Blair Hansen had a two-run triple in the second inning as Rosemount took control early.

Schwartz had three hits, scored two runs and drove in three more.

Troy Hoeppner had a double as one of his two hits, while Thaden had three hits and drove in four.

"He came through huge," Blackmer said of Thaden. "Foley had a couple big hits for us in big situations."

Rosemount advanced to district play on Wednesday, as it faced Eagan in the double-elimination tournament.

Regardless of the outcome of the game against Eagan, Rosemount played at 7 p.m. Thursday night in Eagan at Big Goat Field.

"We have both of our aces healthy right now," said Blackmer, who has expressed confidence in his team's ability to compete for the district title.