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Legion baseball: District games slip away

The Rosemount Legion baseball team lost late leads in both of its district tournament games last week.

In last Thursday's first-round game in Apple Valley, seventh-seed Rosemount set the tone early with two runs in the first inning, but was shut out the rest of the way before falling 3-2 to No. 2 Woodbury on a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.

Back at Legion Field a day later, Rosemount held leads of 3-0, 6-2 and 7-3, and still held a 7-5 advantage with two outs in the ninth inning before Apple Valley pushed across five runs to rally for a 10-7 win.

"The guys were pretty upset. Since the Gopher Classic we've been competing more than we were at the beginning of the year. They were playing for each other and competing well and they put themselves in good position to win a couple games," Rosemount coach Tom Buske said. "It just didn't happen for us. That's just baseball sometimes."

Starter Ben Smith gave Rosemount a solid outing in Game 1, holding Woodbury to one run over seven innings. He was given an early lead thanks to an RBI double by Danny Farris and a run-scoring groundout that made it 2-0 after an inning.

Woodbury chipped away and scored single runs in the eighth and ninth against reliever Alex Hassebroek to get the win.

Jake Schulze provided another quality start in Game 2, holding Apple Valley to two earned runs over seven innings.

Farris supplied a pair of RBI doubles and leadoff hitter Jordan Turner scored twice. Rosemount had a chance to add to their lead in the bottom of the eighth, loading the bases with nobody out, but a strikeout and a double play kept the score at 7-5 heading to the ninth.

Luke Dahl pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and got the first two outs of the ninth before Apple Valley rallied.