After achieving third place in the Minnesota Section 8AA playoffs in the spring, Roseau baseball understood the high caliber baseball needed to reach that same success during the summer Legion season. Now, for the first time in 26 years, the program has reached the Legion state tournament.
“It’s very exciting for the program. It’s been a 26-year hiatus, so it’s been really exciting,” Roseau head coach Josh Weckman said.
Roseau, perhaps a hockey central area for some, may not have been anticipating big things for baseball this summer, but after such a strong spring schedule and a deep run this season Post 24 has been playing their best baseball.
“During the summer our trip to Ely really helped set the course for our playoff run,” Weckman said. “It gave our guys the experience of the caliber team and caliber play that was needed to advance on to a state tournament.”
Now, with the bright lights of the state tournament shining, Roseau is in a position to really make a name for itself in Sacred Heart.
“I think it’s more a sense of excitement. There’s always nerves with playing in a state tournament, but what I’ve talked to our guys about is in these big situations you draw from your prior experiences and your talent,” said Weckman.
The talent this year has been seen on both sides of the field, but especially in the pitching staff. Isaac Wensloff, Aaron Wensloff and Brady Demars have anchored the starting rotation. The trio has been the driving force behind the team’s consistent pitching.
Helping the cause has been a stout defensive club that is limiting errors and a team average of .370 that has been able to pick up a slow start for its pitching staff.
"Our pitching staff has been very consistent this summer. Up until our first championship game against Breckenridge, I don't know if our three starters had given up more than three runs in a game. Our guys know that if we have Aaron, Isaac or Brady going that we're going to have a good opportunity to win a baseball game," Weckman said.
Weckman and crew, building off this year’s success, are hoping to learn from the past Roseau teams while creating its own history.
“We’ve tried to do a good job of connecting the past with the present,” he said. “One of our current players, Isaac Moser, his dad actually played on that 1995 tournament team. So, both he and his dad are part of the only two Legion teams that have gone to the state tournament from Roseau.”
Moser, Weckman, and Roseau will draw up against Holy Family July 30 at 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart.