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Legion on the verge of victories

Rosemount Legion Post 65 pitcher Andrew Nelson throws a pitch during last Tuesday's game against Lakeville North.

Great pitching usually isn't a characteristic of a team riding a seven-game losing streak.

But that's just the case for the Rosemount Legion Post 65 baseball team. Since opening the season with wins of 4-1 and 3-2, Rosemount has lost its last seven games -- including four by scores of 3-2, 2-1, 1-0 and 4-3 -- in the last 10 days. The last four setbacks came over the weekend at the Moose Country Challenge in Mendota Heights.

Untimely errors and a lack of clutch hitting have been problems for Post 65 throughout its recent skid. In Friday's tournament opener, four errors led to an unearned run and a 2-1 loss to Stillwater. After a 6-3 loss to eventual tournament champion Rosetown in Saturday's opener, Rosemount allowed one unearned run and went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position in a 1-0 loss to St. Paul Park. Two more unearned runs turned out to be the difference in a 4-3 loss to Chesterbird in Sunday's tournament finale. The team finished the weekend 5 for 32 with runners in scoring position.

"The fact that we're struggling to produce timely hits remains a major contributor to our lack of success," Rosemount coach Rick Myskewitz said. "We're looking for the team to improve that stat (5 for 32 with runners in scoring position) as the season progresses."

The lack of clutch hitting overshadowed strong pitching performances in all four tournament games. In the opener against Stillwater, Jordan Tumilson allowed just one earned run and struck out six batters in six innings. Against Rosetown, Tony Prostrollo came on in relief of starter Joe Waite and kept the game close by allowing two runs and punching out five over the final 4 1/3 innings. Chris Leske took the loss against St. Paul Park despite not allowing an earned run over six innings and Lucas Hasse held Chesterbird to two earned over five innings on Sunday.

Leske, Jon Bishop and Nate LeMoine led Rosemount with four hits apiece in the tournament. Waite and Haase added three each.

Post 65 (2-7) continued its busy June schedule with a road game Tuesday at Lakeville South and a home date with the Apple Valley 76ers on Wednesday. The team plays again next Tuesday at Apple Valley before returning home for a doubleheader against the Eastview Thunder July 6.

Lakeville North 6,

Post 65 0

Post 65 geared up for the Moose Country Challenge by hosting Lakeville North last Tuesday. The offense mustered just two hits in a 6-0 loss.

Andrew Nelson started on the mound and allowed six earned runs while striking out five over the first 4 2/3 innings. He was replaced by Waite, who allowed one unearned run on three hits over the final 2 1/3 innings.

"With a tired arm, Andrew Nelson pitched well for the first two innings but then struggled with control in the third," Myskewitz said.

LeMoine and Trevor Kolden provided the lone Rosemount hits.

North scored three runs in the top of the third, then added three more in the fifth to take a 6-0 advantage.