Black Sox roll over Athletics again
The Rosemount Black Sox have been more consistent during the 2008 season, thanks in large part to an improved and deeper pitching staff.
The Black Sox continued that trend during the past week, as their record remained around .500.
After splitting a pair of games over the weekend, the Black Sox were 8-9 this season.
On Saturday, Rosemount gave up a couple of late-inning runs in a 4-1 loss to Savage. However, on Sunday the Black Sox beat the Lakeville Athletics, 18-7, the second big victory this season over their conference foe.
Against Savage, Rosemount took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning as Darren McEathron drove in Jared Johnson, who had reached on a walk.
"We got a run early, but their pitcher did pretty well," Black Sox manager Matt Tschida said.
The Black Sox held that lead until the seventh inning, when the Outlaws scored two runs off Rosemount starting pitcher Bryan Poland.
Poland had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning before giving up the two runs.
Matt Doornink came on in relief of Poland and gave up two more runs in the eighth inning.
Poland pitched well, allowing only three hits while striking out five and walking three.
The Black Sox had only three hits in the game. Two of the hits came from McEathron, who also reached base after being hit by a pitch. Dave Molde had the other Rosemount hit.
"We didn't put enough hits together to score more than one run," Tschida said.
On Sunday, the Black Sox left little doubt as to their dominance over Lakeville, which they had beaten 15-3 earlier this season.
Rosemount scored three runs in the top of the first inning, but the Athletics responded with four runs in the bottom of the first to take a one-run lead.
However, the Black Sox scored the next six runs, including a four-run fifth inning, to take control of the game.
Still leading 9-7 in the top of the seventh, Rosemount scored three runs in the seventh, four in the eighth and two more in the ninth to account for the 18-7 victory.
The Black Sox had 19 hits in the contest, including six doubles.
Tschida had three doubles for the Black Sox. Jason Kirschman, Loren Sjoquist and Mark Radmacher had the other doubles.
Tschida, Kirschman and Sjoquist all had three hits for Rosemount. Rich Wiese, Radmacher and Molde each had a pair of hits.
Jared Johnson had a two-run home run for Rosemount.
"For whatever reason, whenever we play in Lakeville it seems like the wind is blowing out," Tschida said. "We were spraying it all over the place."
Lance Anderson started on the mound for Rosemount and picked up the victory after throwing six innings and allowing five earned runs.
Anderson has pitched several times against Lakeville in the past two years, and that familiarity probably led to their offensive output, according to Tschida.
"They are pretty used to him," he said.