Legion Baseball: Legion continues to work
After the high school baseball season ends, many of the players will play Legion baseball during the summer.
So it makes sense, that some of the same problems the Irish varsity team displayed during its spring season are becoming the main issue this summer for the Rosemount Legion Post 65 team.
Early this summer season, Rosemount has had trouble scoring runs, while getting enough pitching to stay in ballgames.
Post 65 is 3-7 overall, 0-4 in division play this summer, and coach Jay Baker knows it will take some time.
"Yesterday we had hits, but four of them came in the last inning," Baker said. "We have a lot of holes in the lineup right now. I feel we are coming around a bit, but it will take pretty much the whole season to turn it around. Guys are really struggling to hit the ball. We make contact, but it's usually right at somebody."
The offense showed signs against Lakeville South in a 9-5 loss on Tuesday.
Rosemount had four extra-base hits. Chris Adams had a single and a double. Phil Goedderz had a trip. Matt Foley and Matt Eul added doubles.
Chris Couillard and Eugene Sturm each had singles.
"We were hitting the ball hard in the last couple innings, but the first few we didn't do anything," Baker said.
The pitching has been strong.
Chris Couillard, who stepped forward during the section tournament for the high school team has carried it over to the summer. The team has also received solid pitching from Michael Robohm, Sturm and Goedderz.
"They've pitched well," Baker said. "We've had a lot of games in a short amount of time. It's hard to keep it going like that, but they've done a good job."
Couillard has also been one of the key hitters.
Jon Bishop has played first base and has added some key hits.
"He's a lefthander and he's got a really nice stroke," Baker said.
Adams has played third base. Robohm has been in the lineup most games, at several different positions. The lineup also includes Eul in center field, Foley at catcher, Goedderz, Paul Eppen and Brady Loew.
"We've been in games," Baker said. "We've lost a bunch of one-run games. We're doing OK. We just have to hit the ball. That's the biggest thing. The pitching's been good, keeping us in the game. Now we have to get the bats going."