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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You were in Marshall last week for the Southwest Minnesota State team camp. How did that go? It is one of the best team camps in the region and it was our first year attending. It ran from (last) Monday through Thursday. There were over 30 high school teams from Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota at the camp. Many of the teams were very strong so the competition was great. We played a lot of volleyball in four days and really worked hard in some pretty hot, humid environments.
The Rosemount Black Sox bats came alive late in last Wednesday's game in Lonsdale. The Sox plated 10 runs over the final three innings as they pulled away for a 13-5 rout of the Aces. The team is now 11-9, including a 6-1 mark when scoring 10 or more runs. Leadoff hitter Brady Loew stayed hot at the plate with four more hits and three runs scored, upping his average to a team-best .413 in 75 at bats this summer.
The Rosemount Aces got one of three close games to go their way last week at the Senior Babe Ruth State Tournament in Eagan. Rosemount got a tough draw in the opening round of the 10-team tournament and lost to Edina, 2-0, last Tuesday. Edina's pitcher fired a seven-inning perfect game, striking out 14 of 21 hitters he faced. "That was a little disappointing. I don't think we got the bat on the ball as well as we could have," Rosemount coach Steve Lufkin said. "The kid threw a good game and kept our kids off balance.
Last year's team was one of the most successful the program has ever had, winning the True Team section, conference meet and section meet in the same year for the first time ever. What was it about that group of swimmers that allowed them to have such a great season? It was the perfect storm -- the veteran swimmers trained hard off season and came to the season in pretty good shape and the new team members filled in the gaps from the previous season. The girls came with strong leadership and tough goals and worked very hard to attain them.
Things fell apart for the Rosemount Black Sox late in Sunday's game against the Eagan Bandits. The home team saw a 6-4 lead disappear as the Bandits scored seven runs in the seventh and five more in the eighth en route to a 16-6 victory. The game was called after eight innings due to the 10-run rule. Rosemount starter Michael Robohm cruised through six innings before a couple of doubles and a couple of walks opened the floodgates in the seventh. Robohm finished with three strikeouts and five walks in 6 2/3 innings. "His command started to go and he was leaving pitches up.
The Rosemount Senior Babe Ruth baseball team gave up four runs in the top of the first inning of its White Division district tournament opener last Thursday at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville. After that, it was all Aces. The Aces rallied to defeat Elko 9-4 and went on to take a pair of games from Apple Valley over the weekend to capture Rosemount's second straight trip to the Senior Babe Ruth State Tournament. The Aces, with a record of 13-6, opened play in the 10-team double-elimination tournament Tuesday morning against Edina at Eagan High School.
Monday night's loss to Lakeville North reminded Rosemount Legion Post 65 coach Scott Eul of many of his team's other setbacks during its 1-11 start to the season. Rosemount stuck around for a while, but the offense never got going and the defense eventually faltered in an 8-1 final at Lakeville North. "They got a few hits and there were a few plays we should have made where we got a little lazy. We couldn't finish out the game. That's what's been happening to us lately," Eul said. "We play a good first few innings, but we aren't finishing on a positive note.
The view from the top of Lone Rock goes on for miles. The UMore Wind Turbine juts out of the trees and past that the stacks from Flint Hills can be seen. It's quiet up there. The only sounds are birds singing and the wind rustling through the trees. The Lone Rock Trail is located in Empire Township. Hikers and horseback riders can travel the 9.9 miles of trail. During the winter, the trail is open for cross country skiing. The miles of trail wind through restored prairie, forest, wetlands and farm fields.
The Austin Greyhounds have proved to be a tough matchup for the Rosemount Black Sox this season. The Sox have a winning record at 7-6, but two of their losses have come to the Greyhounds by a combined score of 19-4. The team managed just two hits in an 11-1 loss in Austin June 2 and the rematch didn't go much better as nine errors led to five unearned runs in an 8-3 setback Saturday in Rosemount. The game remained tied at 0-0 until the Greyhounds pushed across a run against Rosemount starter Michael Robohm in the top of the fourth.
Eastview beat Rosemount twice in South Suburban Conference play during its run to the Class 3A state baseball title. Eastview's Legion baseball team picked up two more victories over Rosemount last Thursday, sweeping a doubleheader by scores of 7-0 and 17-6 in Apple Valley. "Eastview is coming off a state championship, so they're a very quality team with a lot of pitching depth," Rosemount coach Scott Eul said. "They came out swinging the bats and making the defensive plays.