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Nathan Weckop pitched 14 innings and gave up just one earned run in Randolph's losses to Holy Family and Watertown during the East Central 3rd District Sub-state playoffs. Here he turns a double play against Zumbrota-Mazeppa. Alec Hamilton / Cannon Falls Beacon

The Randolph Legion Post 142 baseball team saw its season come to an end this past Friday in Green Isle with a 3-0 loss to eventual runner-up Watertown. The previous weekend, the Rockets went 2-1 with a first-round win over Cleveland, 4-1, and then a loss to Holy Family 7-5. They dropped into the consolation bracket where they proceeded to defeat Le Sueur-Henderson 6-5 and advance to this past weekend. Overall, Randolph went 2-2 in the East Central 3rd District Sub-state playoffs. 

Rocket head coach Braxton Lindow said some mistakes and bad luck were the main culprits in the loss to Watertown.

“They were a good matchup for us and we played well, but just couldn’t quite come through at the end,” he said. “We made four errors which hurt and they (Watertown) capitalized off of them, it seemed like they always got a hit after each of those errors. So if we clean up those mistakes, it’s for sure a different game. We hit a lot of balls hard, just right at guys, they made some really good plays. We only had two hits, but probably had 10 to 12 shots throughout the game that just never found holes. So it was just kind of a hard luck day for the Rockets down in Green Isle.”

The Rockets have plenty to be proud of after making a state run in the spring and then going 2-2 against teams who usually are much larger than Randolph. 

“We really like this league and this district because we get to play against a lot bigger schools, Cleveland is the only other Class A team in the district, so it’s great for us,” Lindow said. “Our two losses were to Holy Family, the champion, and Watertown, the runner up. We feel pretty good about the way we’ve progressed this season and the way we’ve gotten better throughout the summer, building off the spring success that we had too. Looks like we’ll have a pretty bright future the next few years hopefully in Randolph.”

Lindow finished by saying that the Rockets were able to put together some good team performances during the tournament and that everyone in the lineup made important contributions, whether at the plate or in the field. Just one graduated senior, Joel Gehrke, played legion baseball this summer so the team that was out there this summer is who you will see come next spring. 

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