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Softball: Offense in high gear

Rosemount softball coach Jim Matheson warned the power his team displayed earlier this season wouldn't continue into the tough part of the regular season.

Matheson was right, as the Irish struggled to hit against tougher pitching in the Lake Conference.

Rosemount will certainly take the offensive explosions whenever they come though. The Irish beat Lakeville South 8-1 last week and followed with an 11-0 victory against Holy Angels on Monday.

Monday's victory against the Stars was rescheduled due to rain on Friday. When the game was finally played, Rosemount (11-3, 6-2 Lake) had no trouble scoring.

Four players had two hits apiece, while Laura Bodurtha finished with three hits. Ali Fromme, Kayla Goehring, Rachel Hoeppner and Makayla Newberry each had two hits.

Fromme had two doubles and three RBI. Bodurtha drove in two runs, while Goehring, Hoeppner, Newberry and Chelsea Wenzel tallied RBI. Goehring, Summer Lindelien, Melissa Seldon and Hannah Esselman each scored two runs.

Hoeppner completed the run-rule shortened game, throwing a five-inning shutout, allowing three hits and striking out five.

The surprising power has continued this season for the Irish.

Against Lakeville South, Wenzel hit her fourth home run of the season, tying her for second in the state. Goehring had two hits, including her second long ball of the season as the Irish beat the Cougars.

Goehring drove in two runs and scored once. Wenzel had two runs and two RBI.

Paige Cero, Fromme, Hoeppner, Lindelien and Amanda Wilson each had hits. Cero and Hoeppner also drove in runs, while Hoeppner, Lindelien, Newberry, Seldon and Wilson also scored runs.

Hoeppner pitched seven innings. She allowed seven hits and one run. She also struck out four batters and walked one.