Another tournament on tap for Rockets

The Rosetown American Legion baseball team spent last weekend playing in a large tournament and will do the same this weekend.

Rosetown’s tournament this weekend is the Gopher Classic at Red Haddox Field in Bloomington Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The largest American Legion baseball tournament in the country, the Gopher Classic features 96 teams from nine different states and Canada. The 96 teams are divided into 16 pools. The pool winners advance to the playoffs on Monday and Tuesday.

The Rockets play Mankato on Friday at 11:30 a.m., Omaha on Saturday at 9 a.m., Chaska on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., Yankton on Sunday at 9 a.m. and Bloomington on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Rosetown’s best finish in the Gopher Classic was second place in 2010. That year, the Rockets replaced a team that signed up but for some reason couldn’t play. They won their pool with a 4-0 (one game was rained out) record and then beat Sartell and the Rochester Redhawks to reach the final, which was played at the Metrodome.

Napoleon, Ohio won the 2009 Gopher Classic and repeated in 2010 by beating Rosetown 11-10 in the final.

In addition to the Gopher Classic, Rosetown also plays three Fourth District games this week. One was against Tri-City Red on Monday, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

On Tuesday, Rosetown plays the North St. Paul 39ers at 6 p.m. at Kuenkel Field in North St. Paul. The Rockets face North St. Paul Cavalry on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Hill-Murray High School.

Rosetown entered this week in sixth place and three and a half games out of first in the Fourth District. The Rockets are 4-5 in district play and trail fifth-place Hamline Red by a half game.

Hamline Purple (8-2) holds a half-game lead over Tri-City Red (7-2) at the top of the standings.

Rosetown closes out the regular season next week and then heads to the Sub-State playoffs starting on July 20.

— Brian Meyers


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