Baseball: Sweeps of Eagan, Jefferson vault Irish to 4th in SSC
A pair of doubleheader sweeps last week have the Rosemount baseball team sitting in the top half of the South Suburban Conference standings.
The Irish took a pair of nail biters from Eagan last Tuesday, 7-6 and 2-1, and busted out offensively in a 14-11, 9-5 sweep of Bloomington Jefferson Saturday. They lost a 4-3 road game at third-place Eastview on Monday, but still hang on to fourth place in the 10-team league with a 7-5 mark a year after they finished ninth with a 4-13 record.
The Irish (7-6) travel to first-place Lakeville North for another doubleheader tomorrow afternoon.
Eastview hangs on
The Lightning scored four runs in the second inning, including two unearned runs, and held on 4-3 Monday afternoon.
The Irish chipped away while producing nine hits, but couldn't complete the rally. Danny Farris provided three singles and Carl Waite added a single and a double. Anthony Winters and Nick Seipel each drove in runs.
Luke Dahl went the distance on the mound and allowed two earned runs while fanning five.
Irish hit way to sweep
The Irish saw a 5-0 lead become an 11-5 deficit before scoring nine runs in the final two innings of a back-and-forth 14-11 win in Game 1 on Saturday.
Jordan Turner was 2 for 4 with a home run, four runs scored and four RBI in the slugfest. Seipel also had two hits and four RBI.
Anthony Winters added two hits and two RBI and Chris Bauer singled, doubled and scored three runs.
Dahl earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Game 2 got out to a slower start, but the Irish eventually exploded for six runs in the top of the fifth en route to a 9-5 win and the sweep.
Seipel drove in four more runs with a pair of doubles and Farris added three hits and his first home run of the season.
Winters had two more hits and Jake Schulze had a double and three RBI.
Turner and Dahl each added one of the team's 11 hits.
Schulze also went all seven innings on the mound, holding the Jaguars to five earned runs on 11 hits while striking out three. He was backed by an errorless Irish defense.