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Sox looking for rematch with Eagan

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Rosemount Black Sox player/coach Matt Tschida figures there's a good chance his team will match up against the Eagan Bandits in the playoffs this weekend at Alimagnet Field in Burnsville.

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And he's hoping the three-game series will more closely resemble the Sox's 9-5 and 4-2 early-season victories over the Bandits than the 16-6 rout the Bandits came away with Saturday in Rosemount.

Eagan trailed 3-2 before putting up six runs against starter Chris Komorouski in the top of the fifth inning. Michael Robohm came on in relief to end that threat, but he too was touched up for six runs in the top of the seventh as the Bandits won via the 10-run rule.

"I don't know how they blew up offensively," Tschida said. "I don't know if they added a couple guys or if it was just a matter of their hitters being on and our pitchers being off. I do feel confident we can match up. As long as we can pitch, our offense can pick up the slack."

The Black Sox, now 16-11 with two games remaining in the regular season, tallied seven hits against Eagan's ace. Mark Radmacher was 1 for 3 with three RBI and Dylan Porter, Loren Sjoquist (solo home run) and Jason Novack each drove in a run.

Offense was at a premium Friday night at Mayo Field, where the Black Sox escaped with a 2-1 win over the Rochester Royals.

Starting pitcher Lance Anderson was staked to a 2-0 lead and held the Royals to one run on three hits while striking out four over eight innings.

"He really mixed up his pitches well Tschida said. "The defense helped him out some, he worked fast and kept their hitters off-balance."

Sjoquist worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to earn his team-leading third save of the season.

Novack gave Rosemount the lead for good with an RBI single in the second inning. Radmacher's RBI single in the fifth scored Darren McEathron and made it 2-0.

Radmacher and Novack each finished with two of the team's six hits.

The Black Sox overcame a season-high four errors while rallying from an early four-run deficit in a 6-4 win over the Inver Grove Heights Diamond Kings Wednesday night.

Radmacher paced the offense with three hits, two runs scored and two RBI. Porter and Chris Adams also tagged two hits for a 12-hit attack.

Phil Goedderz allowed four runs over the first two frames, then settled in while throwing three shutout innings. The decision went to Komorouski, who shut out the Diamond Kings in the sixth and seventh. Wallace tossed up zeros in the eighth and ninth to pick up the save.

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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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