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Rosemount Legion goes 1-4 at Gopher Classic

The Rosemount American Legion team pitched well and played good defense, but its offense couldn't get going over the weekend during a 1-4 showing in pool play at the 90-team Gopher Classic.

Rosemount allowed just 17 runs in its five games at the Maple Grove site. The team plated only five in four straight losses before closing out the tournament with a 5-3 win over Chippewa Falls (Wis.) on Sunday afternoon.

Three pitchers combined to hold Chippewa Falls in check. Dennis Reinhardt allowed two runs over the first three innings, Danny Farris surrendered one run in two innings to pick up the win and Haydn Lanoue pitched two scoreless frames to earn the save.

"Every one of our pitchers had success in different ways," Rosemount coach Tom Buske said. "We pitched well all weekend, we just haven't been able to get any timely hits. We have been in most every game, we're just missing some guys and a lot of young guys have stepped in and they've been competing better than they were earlier in the year."

Jordan Turner gave Rosemount an early lead against Chippewa Falls, doubling to lead off the first and scoring on an error. Two innings later, Nick Seipel collected one of his team-high six tournament hits and came around to score on a two-run single by Ben Smith that tied the score at 3-3. Rosemount took the lead for good when Dennis and Bryce Reinhardt singled to start the fifth and came around to score on a walk and a passed ball.

Rosemount was being held to three hits in it's first tournament game, a 5-0 loss to Hamline Purple. Alex Hassebroek kept the game close by holding Hamline to one run in 4 2/3 innings of relief.

Game 2 played out in similar fashion. Starter Jake Schulze allowed one earned run over 4 1/3, but didn't get much offensive support in a 3-1 loss to Maple Grove. Luke Dahl's single drove in Rosemount's lone run in the second inning.

In Game 3, Bloomington Blue pushed across two runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally for a 3-2 win. Bryce Reinhardt took the tough-luck loss, allowing three runs in six innings.

Seipel provided an RBI double in the first and an RBI single in the sixth.

Rosemount resumed play on Sunday with another 3-2 loss, this time to Rapid City. The go-ahead run reached scoring position in the seventh inning, but Rosemount's final two batters were retired on a ground out and a strikeout.

Luke Dahl started and allowed two earned over six innings.

Rosemount hosted Eastview Wednesday at Dakota County Technical College and is back at DCTC tomorrow night when it takes on Shakopee.