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Softball season ends against Park

The final game of the season went the same way as many others did for the Rosemount softball team.

The Irish put up a fight and never gave up, but ultimately came up just short of victory as they fell 6-5 to Park of Cottage Grove in the opening round of the Section 3AAA tournament last Thursday.

Seventh-seeded Park plated six runs in the first three innings against starter Nicole Johnson and reliever Gabby Sprang, and then had to hold on as the No. 10 Irish chipped away with one run in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh.

"One of the big things we talked about all year was never giving up and fighting back, playing all seven innings," Rosemount coach Tiffany Rose said. "I was very proud of them. They kept picking away and we had a good opportunity to win the game. It just didn't go our way that day."

After starting the season 5-5, the Irish lost four games by three or fewer runs in the second half and finished the season 6-12. Lone senior Summer Lindelien, a three-year varsity player, went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI in her final game.

"I definitely think going into next season we'll be better. We have a lot of girls who got 50-plus at bats who had zero varsity at bats last season. Plus, all of our pitchers got varsity experience and the girls bonded together and that always carries over. Summer was a huge part of our upbeat attitude and she's going to be missed."

The Irish had nine hits in the section loss, but left nine runners on base. Lindelien, Hannah Esselman and Anna Hinderaker each had two hits and Melissa Seldon belted a long solo home run in the seventh.