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Bauer’s bomb gives VFW lone victory

The Rosemount VFW baseball team has had a tough time getting its offense going so far this season.

The team has scored just eight runs in five games, and didn’t manage more than five hits in any of those contests. Despite the struggles, Rosemount got into the win column with a 2-1 extra-inning victory over Wayzata in its second game of the season.

Starting pitcher Bryce Reinhardt kept the game close by limiting Wayzata to one run over the first 7 1/3 innings.

“He went out and battled and made good pitches. He kept the ball down in the zone, worked ahead and let his defense work for him,” Rosemount coach Nick Elioff said. “You can’t ask for a better philosophy on the mound.”

Reinhardt was finally given a lead when Jake Bauer belted a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning. Noah Kuzas came on in relief to get the last two outs and pick up the save.

Bauer’s game-winner was just Rosemount’s fourth hit. Hayden Lanoue, John Birkholz and Ty Abbott each added singles.

Rosemount continued to struggle at the plate last week, losing to Eagan 11-0, Eagan 6-5 and Eden Prairie 11-0 in its most recent game last Thursday.

“We need to start playing small ball, bunting a little more, maybe hit and run or steal and try to manufacture some runs like the Twins used to. We need to try to get the ball in play and put some pressure on them,” Elioff said. “We need some piranhas.”

Rosemount will have plenty of chances to improve over the next two weeks as it could play as many as 15 games. The team has three games during each of the next two weeks, and a pair of weekend tournaments.