Burnsville sweeps Pipers on Family Day
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.