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Black Sox offense comes alive in final two at Stockman's

The Rosemount Black Sox continued their offensive tear while winning their final two games over the weekend in their first appearance at the Stockman's Irish Tournament at McGuire Field in South St. Paul.

After opening with an 8-3 loss to the Minneapolis Cobras Friday night, the Black Sox rallied for a 9-8 extra-inning win over Highland Park on Saturday. They closed out the tournament with a 12-5 rout of the Rosetown A's in the fifth-place game Sunday afternoon, improving their record to 9-8 after starting the season with six straight losses.

"We were looking for more games and this tournament sounded like a fun one to be in," Sox co-manager Grant Mohwinkel said. "It was like their Leprechaun Days. There was a parade and a lot of people out watching the games, so it was pretty fun."

Rosemount started the fun early in Sunday's finale, scoring two second-inning runs on a single by Justin Wallace. The score was 9-0 by the fourth thanks to several A's free passes, an RBI single by Andy Schwantes and Andy Nelson's first home run of the season.

Wallace started on the mound and allowed five earned runs while striking out seven in a complete-game effort.

A pair of hit-by-pitches set up Jason Novack's late-game heroics in Saturday's game against Highland Park.

After Michael Robahm and Nelson were plunked to start the ninth, Novack ripped an RBI single to give the Black Sox a walk-off 9-8 victory.

The Sox trailed 5-1 early after starter Lance Anderson struggled, allowing six walks over the first three innings. He got off the hook when the offense plated five runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the score. Chris Adams highlighted the frame with a three-run home run and Novack had an RBI single as he finished 3 for 5.

Robby Larsen came on in relief of Anderson and held Highland Park in check over the next four innings, then Schwantes pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to pick up the win.

Rosemount scored 16, 14, 8, 8 and 11 runs in their previous five games -- all victories -- before falling 8-3 to the Cobras in Friday's tournament opener.

Schwantes provided the bulk of the offense, going 3 for 3 with RBI doubles in the first and third.

The Black Sox are on the road for their next four games before they host the Savage Outlaws July 10 in Rosemount.