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Legion baseball: Dahl shuts out Prior Lake

A lot rides on the Rosemount Legion baseball team's pitching and defense as it opens the district tournament tonight in Apple Valley.

When those two aspects of the game go well, Rosemount can come out on top like it did in Saturday's 2-0 shutout victory over Prior Lake at Memorial Park. When the pitching and defense falter, the team is just as capable of falling behind like it did a few hours later in a 9-2 loss to Shakopee in its regular-season finale Saturday night at Dakota County Technical College.

Rosemount finished with a 5-18 regular season record, earning a No. 7 seed and a matchup against No. 2 Woodbury tonight at 7:30.

"We got a pretty good draw in the tournament. If we can win our first game I like our chances with the four teams on our side of the bracket," Rosemount coach Tom Buske said. "We've been in a lot of games, we just haven't found ways to win. We have a tendency to give up that one big inning and we haven't gotten the timely hits, but if we can continue to get quality starts from our top couple pitchers we should have a chance to make a little run."

Luke Dahl provided a quality start and more Saturday against Prior Lake, tossing a three-hit shutout.

"He's pitched well for us his last couple outings going back to a 3-2 loss to Rapid City in the Gopher Classic. He's consistent and he gets ahead in the count and locates his fastball," Buske said. "And he's got a good slider that he gets swings and misses on."

Leadoff man Jordan Turner gave Dahl all the support he would need when he singled in the first and scored on a Danny Ferris single. Turner reached on an error to start the third and scored on another Prior Lake miscue to make it 2-0.

Dahl also got lots of help from shortstop Cole Northwick, who provided over half the game's outs by recording eight assists on throws to first and second and making four putouts.

The team's defense wasn't as strong later in the day. A couple of infield errors opened the floodgates for five unearned runs in the third inning of a 9-2 loss to Shakopee.

Dennis Reinhardt started and allowed six runs (one earned) over three innings. Alex Duffy came on in relief to get the final nine outs.

Rosemount took an early lead thanks to singles by Turner and Haydn Lanoue and a two-run single by Dahl.