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Burnsville sweeps Pipers on Family Day

The Rosemount Pipers baseball team lost both games of a doubleheader last weekend against Burnsville.

A sweep at the hands of the defending Class 2A state champions didn't put too much of a damper on the Rosemount Pipers' first Family Day.

Player/manager Ken Fry estimates 200 people turned out for the Pipers' 10-3 and 6-2 losses to the Burnsville Bulldogs Sunday afternoon at Dakota County Technical College.

"Despite taking two losses, we had a good time. The weather was great and the turnout was pretty good for the first attempt at a Family Day," Fry said. "We were able to raise some funds for Rosemount Traveling Baseball and DCTC baseball and more importantly, the kids seemed to have a lot of fun. We hope to double the turnout next year."

The Pipers outhit Burnsville 9-6 in the first game, but the Bulldogs took advantage of 12 walks by starter Jesse Riebel and built a 9-3 advantage by the fifth.

Dan Hegberg led Rosemount at the plate with two hits, a home run and a double, and two RBI. Greg Sell added two hits and Fry plated a run with a double.

The Bulldogs took the lead right away in game two with a run in the top of the first, and added three more in the third to go up 4-0. Hegberg allowed 12 hits and walked six over seven innings, but worked out of some jams to limit the Bulldogs to six runs.

"We were simply out-hit," Fry said. "Their bats came alive in big situations and ours didn't."

The Pipers got all their offense in the fifth when Fry supplied a two-run single. Greg LeVon had two hits and scored a run and Bobby Downs singled and scored, as well.

Rosemount (8-8) plays Woodbury at Bielenberg Field tomorrow night and is back home Sunday for a doubleheader against the Watertown Mudcats (2 p.m.) and the St. Paul JTs (6 p.m.). Both games are at DCTC.

Matt Steichen

Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.

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