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Senior Babe Ruth: Aces score 24 runs in first two games

The Rosemount Aces got their offense going in the eighth inning of their season opener last Tuesday at Elko and carried it over into a 2-0 start to the season.

The Aces, a Senior Babe Ruth League team, scored seven runs in the top of the eighth to rally past Elko, 9-2. Two days later they took the field at Apple Valley and pounded out 15 runs on 16 hits in a 15-8 slugfest.

"For the most part it's the same group of kids that played at the Senior Babe Ruth state tournament last year. They're a year older and looking to go back there again this year," first-year coach Steve Lufkin said. "So far they've played well. The kids are having fun."

Reese Richards and Luke Cassell each tagged three hits against Apple Valley. Richards knocked in a pair of runs and Cassell scored three times.

Isaiah Lufkin tripled and drove in a team-high four runs and Carl Waite and Ryan Green each matched Cassell's three runs scored.

Rosemount scored six runs in the top of the second to take a 7-0 lead, and then added three more in the fifth and four in the sixth to make it 14-2.

Carl Waite got the win on the mound. He struck out seven and worked around six walks and six hits while allowing seven runs over six innings. Joe Waite relieved his brother and allowed one more run while getting the final three outs.

Four Elko errors and eight bases on balls helped Rosemount overcome a three-hit day at the plate in last Tuesday's opener.

Starter Mitch Olson allowed two runs in the bottom of the first, but settled in after that and held Elko scoreless over the next six innings to earn the win. Joe Waite struck out two in a scoreless eighth to finish the game.

Rosemount hosted Apple Valley on Tuesday and are back on the road tonight at Bloomington Jefferson. The Aces then take on Burnsville in a doubleheader on Monday.