Black Sox ready for a rematch
Last Sunday, the Rosemount Black Sox hosted Prior Lake with nothing on the line.
The teams will square off again this Sunday in Prior Lake with much more at stake. The third-seeded Black Sox will be trying to reverse the results of last week's 10-7 loss in the final game of the regular season when they take on the Jays in the opening round of the Section 4 Tournament. The top two teams from the four-team section -- which also includes No. 1 Savage and No. 4 Inver Grove Heights -- will advance, while the bottom two will call it a season.
"We lost two out of three to them, but Sunday's game only mattered because of who would get to be home for the 2-3 matchup. I think we should be okay against them as long as we have everyone there, which should be the case," Black Sox manager Matt Tschida said. "We were missing a few guys Sunday and that hurt us a little bit. I think we're pretty even with Prior Lake, so if we can get someone to pitch well we should have a good shot."
Justin Wallace walked the first five batters he faced in a six-run first inning and the Black Sox couldn't recover in their second straight loss to Savage, 12-2 last Tuesday at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville.
Ben Lemke and Chris Adams each supplied two of Rosemount's seven hits.
The Black Sox overcame a pair of early deficits by pounding out 15 hits in a 7-5 home win over the Minneapolis River Cats last Wednesday night.
Dylan Porter paced nine players with hits by going 3 for 5 with a run scored. Andy Schwantes collected two hits and two RBIs and Lemke, Jon Bishop and Matt Foley added two hits apiece.
Lance Anderson started on the mound and picked up the win, holding the River Cats to five runs (two earned) over six innings. Andrew Nelson threw two innings before Lemke came in to pick up the save.
The Bandits pushed across four runs in the top of the ninth to escape Rosemount with a 6-5 win Saturday afternoon.
Bishop paced an eight-hit offensive attack with two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs. Mark Radmacher also drove in two runs.