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Baseball: An up and down week

Rosemount's Tommy Wiita(19) and Anthony Winters(9) are greeted by teammates after crossing the plate.

The Rosemount baseball team got an early taste of some of the top-end competition they'll face in the South Suburban Conference this season.

The Irish opened league play Monday afternoon and were shut down by Eastview senior ace Adam Moorse in a 9-0 loss to the fifth-ranked Lightning.

Moorse also did some damage at the plate, breaking open a 1-0 game with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the fifth. The Lightning went on to plate six runs in the inning and chase Rosemount starter Jordan Tumilson.

"They have a lot of seniors back from their team last year. Their pitcher did a really nice job against us. He threw hard, mixed up his pitches and threw a lot of strikes," Rosemount coach Chris Swansson said. "We played well for the most part, but when we had chances to score we left a lot of guys on."

That trend started in the first inning when Joe Waite singled and reached third with one out, but was stranded there as Moorse retired Rosemount's 3-4 hitters.

Tumilson hit a batter who came around to score the game's first run, then shut down the Lightning for three innings before running into trouble in the fifth. Morris Valenzuela came on in relief and got the final eight outs while allowing three runs.

"We thought Tumilson pitched a pretty good game. He threw about 80 pitches and looked really good," Swansson said. "We had one or two errors that extended some innings, otherwise he could have gone six or seven."

Nick Seipel led the Irish at the plate with a single and a double. Waite, Valenzuela and Nate Lemoine each added singles.

Offense wasn't in such short supply in last Tuesday's season opener. The Irish exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth and rolled to an 8-3 home win over Park of Cottage Grove.

Tumilson took advantage of the run support and picked up the win on the mound.

"I was excited that the guys put some good swings on the ball and were aggressive at the plate," Swansson said. "We're hoping to get back to that level of confidence in the next couple of games."

The bats fell silent a day later as the Irish were held to four hits in a 3-1 home loss to Woodbury. Waite drove in the team's lone run with a sacrifice fly.

"We had a bunch of guys in scoring position, but we just didn't capitalize," Swansson said.

The Irish traveled to Bloomington to take on Kennedy on Wednesday and are back home tonight against Prior Lake.