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Softball: Little room for error as Irish split a pair

Rosemount was dominant in a three-game tournament at Tartan, outscoring opponents 22-3.

Rosemount softball coach Jim Matheson was pleased with his team's performance after winning last weekend's Tartan tournament.

However, Matheson also is quick to point out the reality of the situation.

"It was a good tournament for us," Matheson said. "We really hit the ball. But for us, it wasn't Lake Conference kind of competition.

The Irish won the tournament with a 10-0 win against Simley, followed by a 6-1 win against New Prague and a 6-2 victory against Cretin-Derham Hall.

"I thought in all three games we hit the ball pretty well," Matheson said. "Everyone one through nine in the order was hitting. When we can do that we are tough to beat. We scored 22 runs in the tournament. That's a lot of runs."

Right now, maybe the most important thing for Rosemount is the tournament win was sandwiched between a win and loss in Lake Conference play.

The Irish (9-3, 5-2) lost 1-0 to Burnsville last week. They beat Apple Valley 1-0 on Monday.

"It was a good win," Matheson said of the Apple Valley game. "It was one we needed to have. I guess we'll take it. I don't know if we earned it, but we'll take it."

The Irish scored the only run of the game on a wild pitch. Rachel Hoeppner scored on the play.

"It was the only wild pitch of the game," Matheson said. "It just happened to be when we had runners on second and third. There were two outs and we had bottom of the order up. We got a break. It's as simple as that. Rachel pitched one of her better games."

Hoeppner allowed three hits while striking out six in a complete game.

Kayla Goehring, Makayla Newberry and Amanda Wilson each had two hits.

In the Tartan tournament, Chelsea Wenzel hit .600 and hit her third home run of the season.

Hoeppner and Newberry each had five hits. Paige Cero and Kelcy Pollock had four hits. Ali Fromme, Newberry and Pollock each drove in five runs.

Hoeppner pitched all 21 innings, allowing 13 hits and three runs. She struck out 22.

"It wasn't Lake Conference competition, but she bulldogged her way through it. She just battled the best she could."

Against Burnsville and one of the top pitchers in the Lake Conference, Rosemount only managed one hit. The Blaze's lone run scored on a wild pitch in the second inning.