The defending North State Classic Baseball League Class A state champions finally got their pitching and their hitting going at the same time last week.
The Rosemount Pipers upped their record to 6-3 on the season, sweeping the Apple Valley A’s 12-0 and the Woodbury Warriors 10-2 at Dakota County Technical College. The Pipers scored at least a run in the first five innings of each contest and the defense was errorless in both games.
“Our team is really starting to jell. We’ve had solid pitching and defense and our offense has been on fire lately,” Rosemount player/manager Ken Fry said.
Crafty lefty Josh Wigley went the distance Friday against the A’s, allowing just four hits and fanning six over five innings. The offense ended the game by the 12-run rule with six runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Fry, Greg Sell, Greg LeVon, Bobby Downs and Sean Boos each supplied two of the team’s 13 hits. Fry, Schwab and Boos each drove in a pair and Jason Moe, Sell and Jamie Wiesner scored twice.
Schwab, a former offensive tackle for the University of Nebraska football team, ended a long home run drought with a solo shot in the bottom of the third. He then belted another bomb in Sunday’s win over Woodbury.
“For the past three years we have been riding Schwab for not getting one out of the park,” Fry said. “With two home runs in the past two games, we’ll have to lay off him for a while.”
The whole Pipers lineup was clicking against the Warriors. Boos, Dan Hegberg and Charlie Borrell each ripped three hits to pace a 17-hit attack and Downs, Fry and Schwab had two hits apiece.
Hegberg pitched all seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits while striking out five.
“He is our captain on the mound and when he’s throwing well, our team confidence is high,” Fry said.
The Pipers traveled to Alimagnet Park to face Burnsville on Wednesday and hit the road again Monday to take on the Minnetonka Saints.