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Baseball: Irish edged out in extras

Rosemount catcher Ethan Engdahl tags an East Ridge runner out at the plate during Saturday's Section 3AAAA semifinals in Dundas. Matthew Steichen /RiverTown Multimedia

A promising start to the postseason gave way to a heartbreaking finish for the Rosemount baseball team.

The Irish's run began with back-to-back quality wins over Park of Cottage Grove and top-seeded Burnsville, but ultimately ended after a pair of 3-2 extra-inning losses at Memorial Field in Dundas.

The Irish (11-13) led in extra innings Saturday against East Ridge, but a couple questionable calls and some untimely fielding miscues allowed the Raptors to bring in the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Rosemount tallied 13 hits, but left 13 runners on base in the loss. Starting pitcher Griffin Lanoue held East Ridge to one run on six hits while striking out nine over eight innings, but had to settle for a no-decision.

Dan Johnson ripped three hits for Rosemount. Lanoue, Keenan Wenzel, Nate Ebeling and Alec Schimmel had two apiece. Lanoue's squeeze bunt tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the seventh.

The loss sent the Irish to the consolation bracket where they faced the tall task of taking out top-seeded Burnsville again. They almost managed to do it, breaking up a 0-0 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh inning, but a walk, a hit by pitch and a wild pitch helped fuel a two-run Burnsville rally in the bottom of the seventh and an inning later the Blaze kept their season alive with a walk-off single.

Matt Steichen

Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.

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