Black Sox split a couple of close games
The Rosemount Black Sox seemed to get a big hit every time they needed one during their three-game winning streak last week.
Those clutch hits were nowhere to be found Sunday afternoon against the Rochester Royals. The Sox pounded out 10 hits, including three apiece from Brady Loew and Mark Radmacher, but left 12 runners on base in a 3-2 setback.
"The lineup looked pretty spectacular offensively," Rosemount player/manager Lance Anderson said. "We just didn't put the hits together."
Still, the Sox led 2-1 through eight innings thanks to another quality start from Michael Robohm. The Royals started the top of the ninth by putting the tying run on and knocking Robohm out of the game, and then reeled off three straight hits against reliever Ben Lemke to take a 3-2 lead.
Robohm allowed two earned while walking one and fanning five over 8 1/3 innings.
Rosemount (10-9) got on the board in the first when Radmacher singled and scored on Jon Bishop's sacrifice fly.
After Rochester tied the score in the top of the fifth, Loew reached and scored on a Bishop double to make it 2-1 Sox.
A walk-off throwing error on a bunt lifted the Black Sox past the Lakeville Athletics 6-5 in 10 innings Saturday in Rosemount.
Eric Hendricks and Jason Kirschman started the 10th with back-to-back walks, and Hendricks came home with the winning run when Robohm's sacrifice bunt got thrown into right field.
The Sox also needed a rally in the ninth as they overcame a 5-3 deficit. Dave Molde was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 5-4 and Matt Foley followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the score.
Molde and Loew each finished with three of the team's 10 hits. Molde knocked in three runs and Loew doubled three times and scored three times.
Jason Ormond started and allowed four runs (three earned) over the first six innings. Phil Geodderz followed with two innings of shutout relief and Lemke allowed one run over the final two innings to get the win.
Lemke, Loew and Robohm each had two hits in a 10-0 blanking of the Waterville Indians Friday night in Waterville.
Bishop added a two-run home run as the Sox racked up 11 hits.
Waterville managed just three hits against Anderson, who tossed an eight-inning shutout. He struck out six and worked around five walks.