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Rosemount 'embarrassed' by 11-0 rout in rematch with Eagan

A player fields the ball.

The Rosemount Senior Babe Ruth baseball team had Monday's game circled on its calendar for a while.

The team was looking forward to a rematch with an Eagan team to which it blew a three-run lead in a 4-3 loss in Eagan three weeks ago. But when the date finally came, Eagan was the squad that came out ready to play, scoring seven runs in the first three innings of an 11-0 win.

"They did what we couldn't do last time, just kept pounding away at us. No question we came out flat," Rosemount coach Brett Thaden said. "Their team is talented, but so are we. It just came down to us making plays and doing things we have to do to win. They had a good day and we had a bad day."

Eagan had a much better day against Rosemount starter Jake Schulze than they did in the first matchup between the two teams. In that game, Schulze struck out 11 and allowed one earned run in eight innings. On Monday, Schulze allowed five hits, two walks and seven runs over the first 2 1/3 innings while battling a sore arm.

"He didn't quite have the same velocity he usually does and that could be partially because of his soreness," Thaden said. "Obviously they were a good hitting team and they jumped on him early."

Mitch Olson came on in relief to get the next five outs without allowing a run, then Luke Cassell surrendered four runs in the fifth to end the game via the 10-run rule.

The Rosemount offense never mounted a comeback, going hitless over the final two innings. Zack Zaboj had two of the team's four hits and Schulze and Dylon DeHerder each added singles.

"We didn't really have a plan at the plate. We're going to be practicing hitting breaking balls and pitch selection this week," Thaden said. "We were taking fastballs down the middle, then swinging at breaking balls out of the zone and getting ourselves out. (Eagan's pitcher) came out and threw strikes, but we pretty much got ourselves out all game."

Rosemount (7-4) has two weeks of regular season play to prepare for the upcoming district tournament, which begins July 7. Thaden said his team is refocusing for the stretch run after Monday's lopsided defeat.

"We had a pretty good discussion yesterday after the game about knowing what you're going to do before a play happens and not giving away at bats. I think we have a new sense of purpose," he said. "Everyone is embarrassed by (the Eagan game) and knows we need to come out strong and get ready for districts. We still have the mindset that we're going in to win it."