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Rosetown begins quest for state
The Rosetown American Legion baseball team heads into the post-season this week in search of a berth in the state tournament. It has been nearly two decades since the Rockets went to state.
Rosetown is the No. 6 seed in the Sub-State 7 playoffs that begin on Tuesday. Rosetown, which hasn’t been to state since 1995, plays the first game of the tournament at 11 a.m. against third-seeded Kramer-Berg (Mahtomedi) of the Third District.
All games of the tournament are scheduled to take place at Kuenkel Field in North St. Paul. Kramer-Berg is the defending champion.
The Rosetown/Kramer-Berg winner advances to a second-round game on Wednesday against the winner of Tuesday’s 2 p.m. game between second-seeded Eagle Legion (Totino-Grace) and seventh-seeded Oakdale. The losers of those two games meet Wednesday at 11 a.m.
The other two first-round games on Tuesday feature fourth-seeded West St. Paul taking on fifth-seeded Hamline Purple at 5 p.m. and top-seeded North St. Paul playing eighth-seeded Hamline Red in the nightcap at 8 p.m.
Rosetown enters the playoffs in search of its first post-season victory since 2012. Last year, Rosetown went 0-2 in the first year of the current sub-state format. Back in 2012, the state still operated under the district tournament format.
Starting in 2013, all the American Legion baseball teams in the state were assigned to one of 15 “sub-states” and each sub-state holds a post-season tournament to determine its representative in the state tournament. The 16th participant in the tournament is the host team, and this year that is Eagan.
This year’s state tournament is August 1-4 and the main field for the tournament will be Eagan High School. Some games will be played at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville and Red Haddox Field in Bloomington.
It was a bit of a rocky regular season for Rosetown, which won just three games in its Fourth District schedule and finished seventh in the district standings. Two of those victories came last week as Rosetown knocked off White Bear Lake and Tri-City Maroon.
Rosetown took down White Bear Lake 7-3 on July 15 at Midway Stadium to avenge an earlier loss. White Bear, which finished a game ahead of Rosetown in the district standings, won the first meeting between the two teams 5-4 back on June 10.
Rosetown picked up its third district victory of the season on July 16 by beating Tri-City Maroon 9-6 in 12 innings, although only three of those innings took place that day. The game actually started on July 1 at Irondale High School and was tied at 6-6 after nine innings. The game was suspended because of darkness and resumed last week at Midway Stadium.
Rosetown closed out the regular season on July 17 with a game against Tri-City Red at Midway Stadium, and fell short in a 12-10 slugfest. Rosetown scored three runs in the second, three in the fourth and four in the fifth, but couldn’t quite match Tri-City’s output. Red scored half of its runs in the decisive fourth inning.
After falling behind early, Rosetown used three hits and an error to put up its first three runs. Ian Harlander, Brian Flackey and Thomas Anderson all scored and Flackey, Anderson and Noah Lyden all got hits.
In the fourth inning, Flackey led off with a single, Anderson followed with a base hit and Lyden walked to load the bases. Jesper Horsted singled to score Flackey and Anderson while Lyden later scored on Evan Young’s sacrifice fly.
Rosetown managed only one hit in the fifth inning, but took advantage of three Tri-City Red errors to score four runs. Harlander reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch and Anderson walked and scored on an error. Lyden singled and Horsted reached on an error and both scored on the third error of the inning.
The four-run outburst pulled Rosetown to within a run at 11-10, but the Rockets would not score again. They threatened in the sixth as they loaded the bases with two outs, but came up empty.
Tri-City Red went on to win the Fourth District championship and is the top seed in Sub-State 8.
The annual Fourth District banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, July 29, at the North St. Paul American Legion Post 39. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. with dinner and awards starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door the night of the banquet.
The district player and coach of the year will be honored along with each team’s all-district players.
Brian Meyers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sub-State 7 baseball playoffs
All games at North St. Paul
First round, Tuesday
Game 1 — Rosetown vs. Mahtomedi, 11 a.m.
Game 2 — Oakdale vs. Eagle Legion, 2 p.m.
Game 3 — Hamline Purple vs. West St. Paul, 5 p.m.
Game 4 — Hamline Red vs. North St. Paul, 8 p.m.
Second round, Wednesday
Game 5 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 11 a.m.
Game 6 — Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 2 p.m.
Game 7 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5 p.m.
Game 8 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 8 p.m.
Third round, Thursday
Game 9 — Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 loser, 2 p.m.
Game 10 — Game 5 winner Game 8 loser, 5 p.m.
Game 11 — Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 8 p.m.
Fourth round, Friday
Game 12 — Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 5 p.m.
Game 13 — Game 12 winner vs. Game 11 loser, 8 p.m.
Championship round, Saturday
Game 14 — Game 11 winner vs. Game 13 winner, 12 p.m.
Game 15 — If necessary, 3 p.m.
Fourth District American Legion baseball standings (final)
|North St. Paul||12-2||1|
|White Bear Lake||4-10||9|