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Legion baseball: Post 65 gets back to .500

Rosemount Legion Post 65 shortstop Griffin Lanoue dives for a ball during last Wednesday’s game against Prior Lake at Dakota County Technical College.

A low throw on Ben Smith’s seventh-inning ground ball to second base brought in two runs and got the Rosemount Post 65 baseball team back to the .500 mark at 3-3 with a 7-5 win at New Prague Monday night.

Alex Duffy wrapped up the victory with a 1-2-3 bottom half of the seventh. He was one of several pitchers to provide quality innings for Rosemount, including starter Nate Sprouls, who held New Prague scoreless before running into trouble in the fifth. Reliever Griffin Lanoue worked out of trouble in the fifth and John Birkholz followed with a scoreless sixth to pick up the win.

“Our strength has definitely been pitching. We got 10-runned in our first game, and since then we’ve been in every game. They have all been 1- or 2-run games,” Rosemount coach Nick Elioff said. “Our pitching has been great and our fielding has been fantastic. We haven’t really had timely hitting, but we’ve had a good approach at the plate and seeing lots of pitches.”

Post 65 was held scoreless for four innings Monday before finally getting to New Prague’s lefty starter in the fifth. A couple of hits and a walk loaded the bases and Alex Tauer and Haydn Lanoue each came through with RBI singles.

Tauer had two hits in the contest. Lanoue reached twice with a single and a walk and Jordan Turner, Aaron Roszak and Luke Dahl each added hits.

Post 65 played at Apple Valley Tuesday and is back on the road against Northfield tonight in Dundas.