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Big fifth boosts Jays

Rosemount Black Sox pitcher Michael Robohm gets ready to throw to the plate during last Wednesday's Section 4 amateur baseball playoff game in Prior Lake. The Black Sox allowed five runs in the bottom of the fifth and fell, 9-5, as they ended the season with a 15-17 record.

A botched double play grounder closed the book on Rosemount starter Michael Robohm and reliever Justin Wallace gave up a three-run blast to the first batter he faced in the fifth inning of last Wednesday's Section 4 amateur baseball playoff game in Prior Lake.

The host Jays used the five-run inning to pull away for a 9-5 victory that advanced them to a second-round matchup with the top-seeded Savage Outlaws.

Meanwhile, the Black Sox exited the playoffs and ended the season with a record of 15-17. The team opened the season with seven straight losses, then went 12-2 in its next 14 before dropping eight of its final 11 contests.

The Rosemount offense came to life during their mid-season run, producing more than eight runs per game, but that average fell to just over three runs per game over the last three weeks. The Sox stranded more than 20 runners while splitting the first two games of their three-game playoff series against the Jays, then managed just five hits in last Wednesday's loss.

"Their first two guys threw a lot harder," Sox manager Matt Tschida said. "The (Game 3 starter) kept us off balance with off-speed stuff and we didn't seem ready for it."

The Jays took a 3-0 lead in the third courtesy of two singles, a walk, an error and a sacrifice fly.

It was 4-0 by the time Jason Kirschman tallied Rosemount's first hit, a solo home run with one out in the top of the fifth. Jordan Buck and Brady Loew followed with walks and Matt Foley came through with an RBI single to make it 4-3.

The Jays were quick to answer, starting their half of the fifth with two singles and a walk before a throwing error knocked Robohm out of the game. Wallace came in and allowed the three-run home run, then held Prior Lake scoreless while fanning five over the final three innings.

Chris Adams started the sixth with a single and came around to score on Jon Bishop's double to cap the scoring.