Pipers' pitching shines in sweep
Pitchers Dan Hegberg and Jamie Wiesner combined to allow just one run on six hits over 12 innings while leading the Rosemount Pipers baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of the Monticello Ol’ Cats and the Edina Crosstown Sunday at Dakota County Technical College.
Hegberg struck out eight and went the distance for a one-hit shutout in a 2-0 blanking of Monticello in Game 1. The Pipers provided more run support for Wiesner in Game 2, but he didn’t need most of it as he held Edina to a run on five hits in a 16-1 contest that ended after five innings via the 12-run rule.
“It doesn’t happen that often, where everyone in the lineup is hitting the ball well at the same time,” Rosemount player/manager Ken Fry said. “Baseball can be a game of streaks, especially on offense, and we’ve been on both sides of that fence. Sunday we were on the right side.”
The Pipers ripped 18 hits in Game 2 and 11 players supplied at least one hit. Leadoff man Bobby Downs was 3 for 4 with two triples and three RBI and Sean Boos drove in four runs with a pair of hits. Fry, Jason Schwab, Jesse Riebel and Greg Sell each added a pair of hits and Hegberg and Dale Stapf each drove in two.
Nine of the Pipers’ hits came in the second inning when they sent 14 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs. Downs started the frame with an RBI triple and capped the scoring nine batters later with a two-run triple.
“Our bats were on fire all game,” Fry said.
The Pipers managed just four hits in the opener, but found a way to manufacture a pair of runs. Schwab led off the fourth with a double and moved to third on a grounder to short before scoring on Chris Barnick’s ground ball to second. An inning later, Wiesner drew a one-out walk and scored on Hegberg’s double.
That was all the support Hegberg needed. He worked around six walks and allowed just a two-out single in the fourth inning en route to the shutout.
“Dan continues to pitch great and our defense was errorless,” Fry said.
The Pipers are back home this weekend when they host the Burnsville Bulldogs for Family Day Sunday at DCTC. The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. and there will be prizes given away, concessions and on-field contests between games.