Rosetown springs up in legion baseball playoffs

The Rosetown American Legion baseball team entered the playoffs as the sixth seed but received a favorable draw when it was matched up against North St. Paul in the first round. It might seem odd to say it’s favorable to face the Fourth District runner-up in the first round of the playoffs but it was for the Rockets.

Rosetown split its two regular-season games against the 39ers and the loss was only by one run. The Rockets proved that the earlier victory was no fluke by upsetting North St. Paul 10-1 in the Sub-State 7 playoffs on July 20 at Kuenkel Field in North St. Paul.

The Rockets’ starting pitcher, Grant Young, threw a gem against North St. Paul as he gave up just one run on five hits. Young, who will be a junior at Roseville Area High School in the fall, walked three and struck out four in eight innings of work.

The offense made Young’s work a little easier when it exploded for five runs in the top of the fourth inning. Rosetown sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, which included five hits, two walks, two hit batters and a throwing error.

Liam Traynor got the ball rolling by leading off with a walk and he was followed by Michael Tschida, who was hit by a pitch. Riley Sundeen then singled to score Traynor.

Following a sacrifice bunt, Andrew Truong singled to score Sundeen and Reggie Morrow reached on an infield single. Avery Nelson was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Nick Kulseth singled to score Truong. Jackson Muehlbauer followed with a base hit that plated two runs.

North St. Paul responded with its only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth but that did little to slow Rosetown’s momentum.

Rosetown answered right back in the fifth with two runs. Sundeen led off with a single, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Truong’s single. Morrow later singled to score Truong.

The Rockets added two more runs in the sixth. Muehlbauer singled, Traynor walked and both runners moved up another base on Tschida’s sacrifice bunt. Sundeen then drove in both Muehlbauer and Traynor with a single.

Rosetown closed out the scoring with a single run in the ninth inning. Chad Savard led off with a double and later scored on Nelson’s bunt single.

Rosetown finished the game with 13 hits, two of which went for extra bases, and five walks. Truong and Sundeen had three hits apiece, Muehlbauer and Morrow were responsible for two hits each and Traynor walked four times. 

Armed with a nine-run lead, Rosetown went to Sundeen to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth. He issued a lead-off walk but then retired the next three batters to secure the victory.

The Rockets’ win over North St. Paul was one of three upsets in the first round. Joining Rosetown in the upset parade was Oakdale, which bounced top-seeded Fridley Gold Eagle 9-3, and Kramer-Berg out of Mahtomedi, which edged West St. Paul 4-3. Second-seeded Hamline Purple was the only higher-seeded team to win in the first round.

Rosetown took on Hamline Purple in the second round and was unable to make it two straight upsets. Purple scored early and often in its 24-3, six-inning win. American Legion playoff games are supposed to go nine innings but the 10-run rule applies after seven innings. The Rosetown-Hamline Purple game ended after only six innings when the Rosetown coaches agreed to stop the game early.

Despite the loss, Rosetown was still in contention in the double-elimination tournament. The Rockets were scheduled to face West St. Paul in a losers-bracket game on July 22, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

Oakdale and Hamline Purple entered the weekend as the two teams without a loss in the tournament. The one-loss teams were Kramer-Berg, North St. Paul, West St. Paul and Rosetown.

The Sub-State 7 winner joins 15 other teams in the state tournament, which runs July 29 through Aug. 1 in Delano.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

Sub-State 7 American Legion baseball tournament

 

Play-in game

Game 1 — Oakdale 13, Rosemount 0 (Rosemount eliminated)

 

First round

Game 2 — Rosetown 10, North St. Paul 39ers 1

Game 3 — Hamline Purple 7, Hamline Red 2

Game 4 — Kramer-Berg 4, West St. Paul Challenger 3

Game 5 — Oakdale 9, Fridley Gold Eagle 3

 

Second round

Game 6 — North St. Paul 39ers 12, Hamline Red 9 (Hamline Red eliminated)

Game 7 — Hamline Purple 24, Rosetown 3, 6 innings

Game 8 — West St. Paul Challenger 8, Fridley Gold Eagle 6 (Fridley Gold Eagle eliminated)

Game 9 — Oakdale 8, Kramer-Berg 0

 

Third round

Game 10 — Kramer-Berg vs. North St. Paul 39ers

Game 11 — Rosetown vs. West St. Paul Challenger

Game 12 — Oakdale vs. Hamline Purple

 

Fourth round

Game 13 — Game 10 winner vs. Game 12 loser

Game 14 — Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner

 

Championship round

Game 15 — Game 13 winner vs. Game 14 winner

 

 

 

 

 

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