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Legion baseball: Green season ends at sub-state tournament

Green player hits a chopper to third during sub-state tournament game against Lakeville North 2.

The Rosemount Legion Green run through the sub-state tournament started with some convincing wins and ended with some missed opportunities last week.

Rosemount opened tournament play by scoring 24 runs and beating Lakeville North 2 and Lakeville South by a combined 17 runs in the tournament’s first two games.

Ty Abbott had three hits and two RBI and Luke Dahl added two more RBIs on two hits as Rosemount beat Lakeville North 2 12-1 in the tournament’s first game July 22. Rosemount gave up one run in the top of the first inning, but came back with three in their half of the first, then added five in the third and four more in the seventh to end the game on the 10-run rule.

Last Thursday’s game against South was closer, but never really close. Rosemount scored five runs in the first, four in the third, two in the sixth and one in the seventh to win, 12-6.

“We played well in all phases of the game,” coach Nick Elioff said. “We pitched well, had good at-bats, put the ball in play,”

The win over South was the second in three days for Rosemount, which beat South 8-7 in the final game of the regular season July 21. Elioff said he made an effort to get lots of players at-bats in that game.

Things turned a little tougher last Friday against Woodbury. Rosemount was held scoreless until the eighth inning, when they put up their only runs in a 7-2 loss.

“They’re a good ballclub,” Elioff said. “We just didn’t score enough runs, didn’t have enough quality at-bats to win the ballgame.”

Rosemount had a good chance to win Saturday against Apple Valley. They led 5-3 after three innings and put up another two runs in the top of the fifth, but Apple Valley scored five runs in the home half of the fifth to take an 8-7 lead. Rosemount tied the game in the sixth, but Apple Valley scored four more in the seventh and two in the eighth and left with a 14-9 win.

The loss eliminated Rosemount from the double-elimination tournament.

Elioff said Rosemount just didn’t make the plays it needed to.

“We had the lead going into the seventh and they put up a couple crooked numbers on us,” he said. “We had an opportunity to make a couple of plays to end the inning .We just didn’t make the plays. We missed a couple of opportunities to kill a rally.”

Elioff said it’s big adjustment going from seven-inning games during the regular season to nine-inning games in the playoffs.

One bright spot of the game was Haydn Lanoue hit for the cycle.

“He had a really big tournament, hit a couple home runs in the sub-state tournament,” Elioff said. “That was fun to watch.”

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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