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American Legion: Tough week for Post 65

Eastview beat Rosemount twice in South Suburban Conference play during its run to the Class 3A state baseball title.

Eastview's Legion baseball team picked up two more victories over Rosemount last Thursday, sweeping a doubleheader by scores of 7-0 and 17-6 in Apple Valley.

"Eastview is coming off a state championship, so they're a very quality team with a lot of pitching depth," Rosemount coach Scott Eul said. "They came out swinging the bats and making the defensive plays. They never really gave us a chance to get in the game."

Post 65 kept game one close for a while, trailing 3-0 heading into the sixth thanks to five quality innings from pitcher Matt Thaden. Three sixth-inning defensive miscues eventually allowed Eastview to pull away with four unearned runs.

"We kind of just lost focus and gave up a few cheap runs," Eul said. "We were right there in it until late."

Five players had single hits for Rosemount.

The bats came alive a bit in Game 2, but Eastview took control with eight runs in the second inning and pulled away, 17-6.

Rosemount went through three pitchers as it fell to 1-10 on the season.

Andy Hansen scored two runs for Post 65.

A day earlier, Rosemount trailed 10-0 before pushing across two late runs in a 10-2 loss to Lakeville North.

North scored five runs in the top of the first against starter Morris Valenzuela and led the rest of the way.

Hansen scored both runs for Rosemount. He came home on a Sam Bauer RBI single in the sixth and a Matt Thaden double in the seventh.

"They had a pitcher on the mound that was pretty dialed in and didn't give up a whole lot," Eul said.

Rosemount has the rest of the week off before embarking on a busy slate of games next week. The team plays single games Monday and Tuesday and a doubleheader on Wednesday before competing next weekend at the Gopher Classic.

"The only way we're going to get back on track is by playing and winning. We've gotten away from swinging the bats and playing good defense," Eul said. "It's been hot outside and we've been going through a lot more pitchers than expected. Hopefully this week we can get dialed in and get back on track."