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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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.
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....