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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Thirteen Rosemount athletes completed the 10th annual Life Time Fitness Triathlon Saturday in Minneapolis. Seven locals completed the international course, which included a 1 1/2 kilometer swim, a 40 kilometer bike ride and a 10 kilometer run. The top Rosemount finisher was David Leard, who finished 90th out of 799 finishers in 2 hours, 30 minutes, 26 seconds.
The Rosemount Black Sox overcame an early three-run deficit in an 8-6 road win over the Elko Express last Tuesday. The Express touched up Rosemount starter Justin Wallace for five runs in the bottom of the second, then were held to one run over the final five innings by Wallace and reliever Michael Robohm. Wallace worked six innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out 10.
It's rare that a team finds out it has qualified for state in the middle of a game where it's being 10-runned, but that's what happened to the Rosemount Senior Babe Ruth baseball team Saturday afternoon. Rosemount was in the middle of bowing out to Eagan 10-0 when it received the good news that the East Division would send three of its four tournament teams to this week's Senior Babe Ruth State Tournament in Apple Valley.
A big fifth inning helped the Rosemount VFW baseball team pick up its second win in as many days, 10-3 over Benilde Thursday night in Rosemount. Rosemount led 1-0 when Matt Thaden jump-started the offense with a two-run double. Alex Hassenbroek and Andy Hansen each followed with RBI singles and Rosemount went on to send 11 batters to the plate and score six runs in the frame. The big lead allowed coach Scott Eul to rest starter Andy Hansen, who held Benilde scoreless on four hits over the first five innings.
Two weeks ago, the Rosemount Legion Post 65 baseball team lost to Apple Valley 11-0 at the Eagan Invitational. Rosemount played better in the rematch Wednesday, but the result was the same as Post 65 dropped another one-run decision. Apple Valley brought in what turned out to be the winning run on a pair of errant throws in the top of the fifth inning and held on 2-1 as Post 65 suffered its ninth straight setback since starting the season 2-0. "I considered the first meeting a pre-test and (Wednesday's) meeting a post-test," Rosemount coach Rick Myskewitz said.
After a narrow 5-4 loss to first-place Prior Lake last Tuesday, Rosemount VFW coach Scott Eul challenged his team to come back with just as much effort in the following game against Holy Angels. Rosemount was able to meet Eul's challenge, ripping a season-high 18 hits and scoring in six of seven innings in a 16-3 rout Thursday in Richfield. "Everybody was frustrated after losing a tough one at Prior Lake. They came out not wanting to lose again and they came out against a team they were supposed to beat and put them away early," Eul said.
Losing after blowing a 5-0 lead never feels good. When it's against a 15-2 team that finished third at the state tournament the previous season, it feels even worse. When the winning run scores on an errant throw to the plate on a double steal, it's downright painful. That's what happened to the Rosemount Black Sox Thursday night against the Savage Outlaws.
Head coach Scott Eul was happy just to see his Rosemount VFW baseball team be competitive over the weekend, considering they were the only VFW squad playing in the eight-team Edina Senior Babe Ruth League Tournament. Rosemount opened with an 8-6 win over Coon Rapids Friday afternoon before falling to host Edina 9-4 Saturday night and Burnsville 12-2 Sunday afternoon. "It was a Senior Babe Ruth Tournament and we didn't seem overmatched, which was good to see," Eul said. "A couple of big innings here and there have cost us and we're not getting big hits when we need them.
The Rosemount Senior Babe Ruth baseball team had Monday's game circled on its calendar for a while. The team was looking forward to a rematch with an Eagan team to which it blew a three-run lead in a 4-3 loss in Eagan three weeks ago. But when the date finally came, Eagan was the squad that came out ready to play, scoring seven runs in the first three innings of an 11-0 win. "They did what we couldn't do last time, just kept pounding away at us. No question we came out flat," Rosemount coach Brett Thaden said. "Their team is talented, but so are we.
Great pitching usually isn't a characteristic of a team riding a seven-game losing streak. But that's just the case for the Rosemount Legion Post 65 baseball team. Since opening the season with wins of 4-1 and 3-2, Rosemount has lost its last seven games -- including four by scores of 3-2, 2-1, 1-0 and 4-3 -- in the last 10 days. The last four setbacks came over the weekend at the Moose Country Challenge in Mendota Heights. Untimely errors and a lack of clutch hitting have been problems for Post 65 throughout its recent skid.