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Regular season wraps up this week for Rosetown
With the post-season looming, the Rosetown American Legion baseball team has one week to pick up some momentum heading into next week’s playoffs. The regular season hasn’t been all that kind to Rosetown, but there’s still time for the Rockets to add to their win total.
Rosetown has three Fourth District games remaining on its schedule, and two of them are at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. The Rockets take on White Bear Lake on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the home of the St. Paul Saints and then return there on Thursday at 8 p.m. to play Tri-City Red.
The regular-season finale is Saturday but it won’t be a whole game. Rosetown ventures to Irondale High School at noon to finish a suspended game against Tri-City Maroon. The two teams played nine innings on July 1, and darkness caused the game, which was tied 6-6, to be suspended.
The suspended contest was actually Rosetown’s second of the season. On June 18, the Rockets and Maplewood Green were tied 4-4 after 10 innings and were forced to complete the game at a later date. Maplewood went on to win 8-5 as the two squads played the final two innings of the game on June 26 and then played their regularly-scheduled game that same night.
Entering the final week, Rosetown held a half-game lead over Hamline Red at the bottom of the Fourth District standings. Hamline has two games left on its district schedule against Tri-City Maroon and Maplewood Green. Hamline and Rosetown have one district win each (against each other) so far this summer.
Tri-City Red sits atop the district standings with a one-game lead in the loss column over North St. Paul. Tri-City has five games left on its district schedule and will play a pair of doubleheaders this week. North St. Paul has three games left, including one against Tri-City scheduled for Sunday at noon.
Tri-City Maroon is in third place, two games back of Tri-City Red in the loss column. Maroon has five games left and an outside shot to leapfrog Red and North St. Paul for the district championship.
Once the regular season ends, teams throughout the state will go after state-tournament berths by competing in sub-state playoffs. Starting last year, the American Legion baseball teams in the state were divided into 15 divisions called sub-states and the 15 sub-state champions advance to the state tournament along with the host team.
Prior to last year, the state had 10 districts of varying size, which led to some districts having more than one team in the state tournament each year. The sub-states all have eight or nine teams and just one team from each move on to state.
Rosetown is a member of Sub-State No. 7 along with Hamline Purple, Hamline Red and North St. Paul from the Fourth District, Mahtomedi, Oakdale and West St. Paul from the Third District and Fridley Gold Eagle from the 10th District.
Mahtomedi is the defending Sub-State 7 champion and could prove to be tough again this year. The Mahtomedi High School baseball team went to the state tournament last month after losing just once during the regular season.
Rosetown will enter the sub-state playoffs in search of its first post-season victory in the new format. The Rockets, seeded seventh last year, went 0-2 in the playoffs with losses to second-seeded Hamline Purple and third-seeded Oakdale. Mahtomedi emerged as the sub-state winner despite being only the fifth seed.
Rosetown spent last week participating in the Gopher Classic, the largest American Legion baseball tournament in the country. The Rockets were one of 96 teams competing in the five-day event that divides the teams into 16 six-team pools for the first three days.
Rosetown played its pool games in Lakeville and Elko and had as much trouble with the weather as it did with its opponents. Rain on Friday morning postponed Rosetown’s first game until Saturday afternoon, and rain pushed the game back to Saturday evening before it was finally canceled altogether.
The Rockets finally got to play a game on Friday afternoon but things didn’t go all that well. Northfield handed Rosetown an 11-2 defeat. Next up was a 9 a.m. game on Saturday against Creighton (Neb.) Prep, which answered the early alarm and won 8-1.
On Sunday, which turned out to be the best day of the weekend in terms of weather, Rosetown faced Fourth District rival Hamline Red in the morning and pool host Lakeville North in the final game. The Rockets picked up their only victory of the weekend by beating Hamline Red 8-7 and then closed out the weekend with a 5-0 loss to Lakeville North, which won the pool and advanced to the playoff portion of the tournament.
Brian Meyers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fourth District American Legion baseball standings Through July 13
W-L Games behind
Tri-City Red 9-0 -
North St. Paul 10-1 -
Tri-City Maroon 7-2 2
Hamline Purple 7-4 3
Maplewood Green 5-7 5 1/2
White Bear Lake 3-8 7
Rosetown 1-10 9
Hamline Red 1-11 9 1/2
Rosetown’s 4th District results/remaining games
June 9 – North St. Paul 6, Rosetown 4
June 10 – White Bear Lake 5, Rosetown 4
June 17 – Rosetown 5, Hamline Red 3
June 18 – Rosetown 4, Maplewood Green 4 (Suspended after 10 innings)
June 23 – Hamline Red 14, Rosetown 10
June 25 – Hamline Purple 9, Rosetown 8 (9 innings)
June 26 – Maplewood Green 8, Rosetown 5 (12 innings)
June 26 – Maplewood Green 5, Rosetown 2
June 28 – Tri-City Maroon 5, Rosetown 1
June 30 – Hamline Purple 11, Rosetown 1 (5 innings)
July 1 – Rosetown 6, Tri-City Maroon 6 (suspended after 9 innings)
July 7 – Tri-City Red 11, Rosetown 3
July 8 – North St. Paul 7, Rosetown 1
July 15 – White Bear vs. Rosetown at Midway Stadium, 8 p.m.
July 17 – Tri-City Red vs. Rosetown at Midway Stadium, 8 p.m.
July 19 – Rosetown at Tri-City Maroon (resumption of suspended game), 12 p.m.