Black Sox fall in playoff opener
The post-season started slowly for the Black Sox. They fell 12-4 to the Apple Valley Millers in the opening round Monday at Alimagnet Field.
Rosemount led 2-1 after two innings, but the Millers scored four times in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead, and added seven more runs in the next four innings to secure the victory.
The Black Sox were hampered by a defense that gave up six errors and seven unearned runs. Tim Radmacher started on the mound for Rosemount, and he took the loss, but the defensive mistakes hampered his efforts.
"We were pretty shaky on 'D'," Rosemount manager Matt Tschida said. "Tim pitched really well. All seven runs he gave up were unearned."
Jon Radmacher paced the Rosemount offense with two hits and two RBI. Lance Anderson had a double, and Mark Radmacher drove in a run for the Black Sox.
The loss was even more disappointing because the Black Sox had beaten the Millers two out of three times this season, including an 11-3 victory a week earlier.
"We knew we were facing their ace, who we had faced before," Tschida said. "We knew with Tim on the mound we had a chance."
Season ends after loss to Burnsville
As a result of Monday's loss, the Black Sox faced the Burnsville Bobcats Tuesday at Alimagnet in the loser's bracket of the double-elimination event.
After a 6-5 loss, Rosemount's season came to an end.
"We played really well," Tschida said. "We had guys on in the first three or four innings, but we didn't have a hit until the sixth inning, when Loren Sjoquist hit a home run to break up the no-hitter."
After Sjoquist's homer, the team relaxed and put four runs on the board. Jason Kirschman homered in the seventh to build the lead to 5-2.
Burnsville got a couple of runners on base in the eighth, but the Black Sox got out of the jam.
Still leading by three runs in the bottom of the ninth, a couple of walks started the rally that would end Rosemount's season.
With two outs and two strikes on a Burnsville batter, a base hit to right field brought in the game-winner.
"It was probably the toughest loss I have been a part of," Tschida said, comparing the defeat to a state tournament loss in high school.
In the regular season finale, Rosemount scored five runs in the first inning and ran away with an 11-4 victory over the St. Paul Mudhens.
Jason Kirschman continued to swing a hot bat for the Black Sox, with two hits, two doubles and scoring three runs.
Lance Anderson started on the mound and picked up the win. He also was strong at the plate with three hits and four RBI.
Dave Molde had three hits and two RBI, while Mark Radmacher had two hits and two RBI.