Early Cavalry lead goes for naught as Rosetown Rockets gain 8-4 triumph

The North St. Paul Post 39 Cavalry quickly gained a 3-0 lead over the Rosetown Post 542 Rockets on Wednesday, June 24, only to see it dissipate in the late innings.

The District IV American Legion game at Rosetown Field ended with the Rockets on the upside of an 8-4 margin.

Afterwards, Rosetown manager Jeremy Nelson said, "We got behind the 8-ball at the beginning of the game. Then we hit the ball better than we normally do.”

The hit parade mentioned by Nelson featured a leadoff "tater" by Evan Young that cleared the center field fence by a wide margin. In all, the Rockets had 11 hits and four walks.

Cavalry coach Rick Mercado lamented a bit when he stated, "It is a tough pattern we seem to be in. We get an early lead and end up losing the game.

"We have to learn how to hang on to the lead.

"But on the positive side is the fact that there is no 'quit' in this team. They are a bunch of good kids who work hard right to the very end."

In the top of the first, Jim Lamb led off with a single into left. Thomas Knutson was safe on a fielder's choice as Lamb beat the peg at second. Tony Bobrowski belted an RBI single into right center that scored Lamb. Zach Anderson beat out a slow roller to the left side as Knutson flew home. An out later, Malachy Zamacona was safe on an infield error, and Bobrowski scored to give the Cavalry a 3-0 margin.

In their half of the first the Rockets' Brian Flackey led off with a "rope" into left, and Thomas Anderson advanced him to second with a walk. Tim Pasiuk belted a two-RBI single that brought the Rockets to within one at 3-2.

In the second the Cavalry picked up another run when Lamb knocked a one-out single into right center. Bobrowski gained an RBI with a one-hop double off the outfield fence that plated Lamb to make it 4-2 North St. Paul.

In the last of the fourth the Rockets moved in front to stay. Pasiuk led off with a single; Mike Jacobson walked, and the pair moved up the bases on a wild pitch.

Ted Broxterman knocked a run-scoring single into center field. Zach Morse followed with a sacrifice fly to center, and a single off the bat of Jake Spencer put Broxterman across home plate with what turned out to be the 5-4 game-winner.

In the bottom of the fifth Young led off and quickly pushed the count to 6-4 with his blast out of the yard. An out later, Jacobson smacked a single up the middle, and Spencer picked up an RBI with a single into center field. Then Flackey singled, and the 8-4 final in favor of Rosetown went into the books. 

Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7826.


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