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Black Sox lose lead against Savage

Rosemount Black Sox shortstop Ben Lemke throws across the diamond for an out during a recent home game. The Black Sox defeated Prior Lake and lost to Savage last week.

Losing after blowing a 5-0 lead never feels good. When it's against a 15-2 team that finished third at the state tournament the previous season, it feels even worse. When the winning run scores on an errant throw to the plate on a double steal, it's downright painful.

That's what happened to the Rosemount Black Sox Thursday night against the Savage Outlaws. The Black Sox plated five runs over the first four innings, then managed just one hit over the final five as the Outlaws rallied to pick up their third straight win and stay unbeaten in the Cannon Valley League 6-5 at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville.

"It's tough, especially the way we gave up the sixth run, which was more of a mental error on our part. That's the toughest part to swallow," Rosemount manager Matt Tschida said. "They've been one our bigger rivals the last seven years, so that makes it even tougher."

The Black Sox (10-9) held a potent Outlaws lineup in check over the first six innings thanks to a strong start from Robby Larsen. Larsen walked six, but allowed just four hits over the first six innings. He left a bases loaded jam in the seventh for reliever Michael Robohm, who was on the hill when Savage pushed the go-ahead run across with a double steal.

"Robby stepped up for us and kept them off-balance. He held one of the top hitting teams in the state to two runs through six innings," Tschida said. "He gave up five runs, but it was probably still his best pitching performance of the year."

The Black Sox got on the board with three runs in the top of the first. Andy Schwantes started the game with a walk, then Ben Lemke, Chris Adams, Jordan Buck, Jason Kirschman and Jon Bishop followed with singles before a double play ended the inning.

Adams added a second RBI single that scored Brady Loew in the fourth to make it 4-2.

The Black Sox will get another shot at the Outlaws Sunday when they come to Rosemount for a 2 p.m. game.

Black Sox 1,

Prior Lake 0

Lemke and Justin Wallace combined on a five-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over Prior Lake last Wednesday.

Lemke worked the first five innings, holding Prior Lake scoreless on four hits while striking out five. He earned the win when he singled and scored on a Buck RBI single in the top of the sixth.

Wallace picked up a four-inning save, allowing just one hit and three walks while fanning six.

Lemke and Buck each supplied two of the team's six hits.