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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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.
The Rosemount Senior Babe Ruth baseball team is hitting its stride just in time for the start of the district tournament, which gets under way tonight at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville. The Aces used solid hitting, pitching and defense to go 3-0 in a three-team tournament last weekend in Eau Claire. They took a 10-5 record into Monday's regular season finale at Eastview. "I think we played a good weekend of baseball at the right time.
The Rosemount Black Sox paired their already-hot bats with a couple of solid pitching performances as they stretched their winning streak to four games with a doubleheader sweep of the Lakeville Athletics Sunday afternoon in Rosemount. The Sox got six shutout innings from Michael Robohm in an abbreviated 10-0 blanking in the opener, and then Andrew Nelson and Phil Goedderz combined to yield four earned runs in a 12-6 rout in Game 2. The offense has produced 41 runs in its last four games and 69 in its last seven since losing to the Austin Greyhounds 11-1 on June 2. Jason Kirchman did the mo
The Rosemount Legion baseball team picked up its first win of the season and saw progress in the other three games it lost at last weekend's Moose Country Tournament in West St. Paul. "We played well all tournament. These are some of the best games we've played all season against some of the best teams in the state," Rosemount coach Scott Eul said. "One game we lost on one play where an unfortunate set of circumstances let in a few runs and against St. Paul Park we hit really well, we just had four pitchers who had never thrown varsity or Legion before.
A pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh inning allowed Eastview to walk off with a victory and put an end to the Rosemount Senior Babe Ruth team's four-game winning streak Monday night in Apple Valley. The Aces (7-4) trailed 5-2 after three innings, but chipped away at Eastview's lead with one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and to more in the sixth to take a 7-6 lead. Reese Richards paced a 13-hit attack with a 4-for-4 effort, raising his average to .559 in 10 games this summer.
Lance Anderson notched four hits, including a fifth-inning home run, and Eric Hendricks provided another quality start as the Rosemount Black Sox improved their record to 4-5 with a 7-2 win over the Rochester Royals last Wednesday at Mayo Field. "We came in and got some good pitching and tattooed their pitchers pretty well," Anderson said. Hendricks held the Royals to single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and struck out five over seven innings.
Rachel Schow and Madeline Phillips scored points in the hurdle races to pace the Rosemount girls track team at last weekend's Class AA State Meet. Schow, a freshman, finished sixth in the 100 hurdles in her first career state meet. Her 15.15 clocking supplied four points as the Irish placed 45th out of 68 scoring teams with six points. The other two points came from Phillips, a senior, who placed eighth in the 300 hurdles in 46.43 seconds. Schow just missed the finals in the 200, where she placed 10th in a time of 25.63 seconds.
Both of the Rosemount boys track team's events finished right around their section times at last weekend's Class AA State Meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. The 4x200 foursome of Darrell Hunt, Marius Lewis, Preston Webb and Teagen Overbey placed 12th out of 17 teams with a time of 1 minute, 30.87 seconds. With Lewis injured, the other three runners combined with Christian Hummelgard for a 1:30.12 at the section meet. "We were very happy that our 4x200 relay qualified for state," Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said.