Sox sweep Diamond Kings
It didn't take the Rosemount Black Sox long to recover from their 0-6 start.
Just over two weeks after suffering their sixth straight loss by an 11-1 score at Mayo Field in Rochester, the Black Sox evened their record at 7-7 with a doubleheader sweep of the Inver Grove Heights Diamond Kings Sunday afternoon in Rosemount.
"It's always good to get back to .500 and then go from there, especially after the start we had," Black Sox manager Matt Tschida said.
Chris Komorouski set the tone for the sweep with his first career no-hitter en route to an 8-0 victory in Game 1. He hit the first batter of the game and walked another in the second, but both runners were caught stealing by catcher Matt Foley. Komorouski finished with 10 strikeouts.
"He's been working quite a bit and hasn't been able to show up as much as he's wanted to, so he was pretty fresh coming in," Tschida said. "After those first two innings he really got in a groove. He was making them put it in play and attacking their hitters."
The Black Sox scored single runs in both the first and second innings, then pulled ahead 5-0 with a three-run third that was highlighted by Lance Anderson's two-run double.
The score stayed 5-0 until Chris Adams' RBI double in the sixth. Anderson followed with a two-run single that gave him a season-high four RBIs.
Ben Lemke led the Black Sox with four hits and three runs scored and Adams was 3 for 4 with two runs scored.
The home team's bats cooled off a bit in Game 2, but several Diamond Kings miscues resulted in an 11-1 final.
The Black Sox, who have averaged 10 runs per game in their last seven wins, were held scoreless through the first three innings. They rallied for 11 runs over the final four frames, with one coming on a wild pitch, two coming on ground outs, two more coming in via sacrifice fly and three crossing the plate after errors. Lemke added a two-RBI double and Dave Neudecker had an RBI single.
Mike Robohm held Inver Grove Heights to three hits and five free passes while allowing one unearned run over seven innings.
The Black Sox are back in action tonight when they take on the Minneapolis Cobras in the first round of the Stockmen's Irish Tournament at McGuire Field in South St. Paul.
Black Sox 8,
Foley crushed his first and second home runs of the season in the fifth and sixth innings as a scoreless game quickly turned into an 8-2 road win for the Black Sox Thursday night in Veseli.
The visitors pounded out 16 hits, with Kirschman and Lemke tallying three apiece. Justin Wallace, Adams and Foley each added two hits.
Starter Robby Larson took advantage of the run support. He held the Warriors scoreless until a two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth plated two runs. Larson finished with six strikeouts and two walks in the complete game.