After a rain delay set back today’s slate of afternoon games, the opener between Rosetown and Eden Prairie felt like it would never end. But after a lengthy 3 hour and 10 minute slugfest was all said and done, Rosetown came out on top and kept their state tournament hopes alive with an 18-10 comeback victory.
Eden Prairie wasted no time in jumping on the board in the 1st. Zach Elliot’s leadoff home run was just the start of a big inning for the Eagles. They were walked four times alone in the first, twice walking home a run. Two big 2 RBI doubles from Jordan Amundson and Mitchell Olson put the exclamation on a giant 9 run first inning for Eden Prairie.
Rosetown loaded up the bases in the top of the 2nd and were able to bring a run home on a fielder’s choice. Their offense really came to life in the 3rd. First, Ben Nelson brought home Rosetown’s second run with an RBI single. Then Andrew Truong followed up with a mammoth three run home run over the left field wall, cutting the Eden Prairie lead to just 4 runs after initially being down 9.
Rosetown’s comeback effort didn’t stop there. They put together another fantastic inning in the 4th. With no outs in the inning, Avery Nelson drove an RBI single to center. Moments later, a wild pitch and another single contributed to the cause, making it a one run game. Ben Nelson then came up clutch, driving a 3 run home run over the wall. All of a sudden Rosetown now lead 11-9. They would add another run by the end of the inning, making it a total of 12 unanswered runs for Rosetown.
Eden Prairie needed a response to begin the bottom of the 4th inning and they got it. Joseph Danielson absolutely crushed a leadoff home run far over the left field fence. The estimated distance on the moonshot is believed to be 411 feet. Rosetown got their 3 run lead back in the 5th after scoring on a wild pitch.
It continued to be all Rosetown after that. Eden Prairie pitcher Matthew Wrobleski walked in another run for Rosetown. Then in the top of the 7th, the bats came alive once again. A rare catcher’s interference call ended up being the 15th run for Rosetown. Bogenholm drove 2 in and Tschida added one of his own to increase the lead to 18-10.
Eden Prairie went down 1-2-3 in the 7th to finish the game. Incredibly, after being down 9-0 after the first, Rosetown outscored Eden Prairie 18-1 through the rest of the of the ball game. The final game time was a lengthy 3 hours and ten minutes. There was also four home runs in the game, far and away the most so far this tournament.
Next up: Rosetown will face the winner of the Edina and Buffalo game later today, while Eden Prairie is eliminated from the tournament.