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 worst defensive performance veteran Black Sox player-coach Dave Molde can remember led to the team's fourth loss in a row in the second round of the Cannon Falls Tournament Saturday. The Black Sox committed 10 errors as they slipped to 3-5 on the season with a 17-16 loss to Hastings at John Burch Park. The Hawks blew an early 8-1 lead before once again moving ahead with four runs in the top of the ninth. "(10 errors) is the most I can remember from my 11 years on the team.
The Rosemount Aces got their offense going in the eighth inning of their season opener last Tuesday at Elko and carried it over into a 2-0 start to the season. The Aces, a Senior Babe Ruth League team, scored seven runs in the top of the eighth to rally past Elko, 9-2. Two days later they took the field at Apple Valley and pounded out 15 runs on 16 hits in a 15-8 slugfest. "For the most part it's the same group of kids that played at the Senior Babe Ruth state tournament last year. They're a year older and looking to go back there again this year," first-year coach Steve Lufkin said.
Rosemount got out to a promising start in last Wednesday's Section 3 semifinals, but eventually saw its season come to an end with a 15-4 loss on the road at fourth-ranked Eagan. The sixth-ranked Irish scored the game's first goal, and the score was still tied at 2-2 early on in the second quarter before the Wildcats took over. "The first quarter was ours, it was really exciting. Then Eagan showed how good of a team it is," Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. "The problem we faced was they had too many kids who could score.
The Rosemount boys and girls track teams combined to qualify eight events for next weekend's Class 2A State Meet at yesterday's Section 3AA Championships at the University of St. Thomas. The Irish girls will send four athletes to Hamline University in six events. Freshman Rachel Schow will compete in the 100 hurdles and 200-meter dash and senior Natalie Busher in the high jump and triple jump. Katie Duff qualified for state in the discus and Madeline Phillips advanced in the 300 hurdles. The Irish boys qualified two events, the 4x200 and Chandler Dye in the 1,600.
Eagan scored six goals in the second period and seven more in the third as it pulled away from Rosemount 15-4 in the Section 3 semifinals Wednesday night in Eagan. The Wildcats advance to face Eastview in the section finals, while the Irish call it a season with a record of 12-4.
Rosemount ran into a scorching Park of Cottage Grove team in the Section 3 tournament. The fifth-seeded Wolfpack surged to a seven-goal lead early in the second half and held on for a 12-8 victory last Wednesday at Irish Stadium. It was their 10th win in 11 games since starting the season with three straight losses, including an overtime setback to the Irish in the first game of the season. "The name of the game is ball control and we didn't have enough of it against an opportunistic and hard-working Park team....
The Rosemount Black Sox opened the season with back-to-back wins over Plainview and White Bear Township. It took a nine-run top half of the ninth inning for the Black Sox to escape with a 12-8 victory over Plainview May 16. Four days later, newcomer Eric Hendricks tossed five shutout innings in a rain-shortened 4-0 decision over White Bear Township at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville. Chris Adams led the Black Sox with two RBI. Lance Anderson provided a quality start in the opener, allowing three runs in six innings.
Rosemount's season-long struggle to score runs continued in the opening round of the Section 3AAA tournament. The Irish had nine hits, but still ended up being shut out for the fourth time this season in an 8-0 season-ending loss to sixth-seeded St. Thomas Academy Friday night in Mendota Heights. St. Thomas Academy (13-9) took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the first inning against Rosemount starter Jake Schulze. The Cadets doubled their lead to 4-0 with a two-run home run in the third, and then did it again an inning later with a grand slam that made it 8-0.
Natalie Busher's big jump in the triple jump highlighted the Rosemount girls track team's appearance at the South Suburban Conference Championships. Busher, seventh last year in the event, was Rosemount's lone conference champion thanks to a leap of 37 feet, 3/4 inches. She fouled on her first two preliminary jumps before qualifying for finals with leap of 35-5, and then had two 34-foot efforts before breaking out on her last jump of the day. The Irish dropped one place from last year, coming in eighth out of 10 teams with 46 1/2 points at the league meet in Burnsville.
Rosemount got to exact a little revenge while playing its way back into the Section 3 semifinals Friday night at Irish Stadium. The sixth-ranked Irish gained control of the game early against Burnsville and rolled to a 13-10 victory over a Blaze team that knocked them off 14-13 in last year's section tournament. "It was sweet revenge," Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. "It's nice to know we're back in the sweet 16, essentially, in the state. It's good to be there." Even more sweet for the Irish would be an upset of their own against fourth-ranked Eagan.