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Softball: Pitchers find groove at Kennedy

Rosemount's inexperienced pitching duo of Nichole Johnson and Melissa Seldon made some adjustments after allowing 12 runs on 20 hits in last Monday's season-opening loss to Eastview.

The same pitchers teamed up to hold Kennedy to a single run on six hits as the Irish evened their record with a 6-1 South Suburban Conference win last Wednesday in Bloomington.

"Both pitchers just had very little experience going in. Nichole had zero varsity innings and Seldon had 22. Eastview had good hitters, but I just think they realized you can't be on the plate at all," Rosemount coach Tiffany Rose said. "The first game was a learning experience and both came out and pitched much better and hit the corners. They came back and did a great job."

Johnson picked up her first varsity win, holding the Eagles scoreless on two hits while fanning 10 over the first five innings. Seldon surrendered a run on four hits while striking out three over the final two innings.

Johnson also scored the first run of the game. She singled and came in on an RBI single by Karly Kirchgatter in the top of the second. The Irish plated two more in the third on a sacrifice fly by Sarah Jacobs, a double by Seldon and an RBI single by Johnson.

Summer Lindelien added an RBI double in the fourth and Anna Hinderacker racked a two-run single in the seventh.

Lindelien, Seldon and Johnson each finished with two of Rosemount's nine hits.

"This group of girls has been really good to work with. They do a good job listening and trying to get better," Rose said. "They work hard at waiting for their pitch, hitting it where it's pitches and not getting nervous."

The Irish are in the middle of a stretch of four games in five days. They hosted Bloomington Jefferson Tuesday, took on Lakeville North Wednesday and are at Wayzata this afternoon before hosting St. Paul Academy at The Cove on Saturday.