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Black Sox: Team drops four straight

The worst defensive performance veteran Black Sox player-coach Dave Molde can remember led to the team's fourth loss in a row in the second round of the Cannon Falls Tournament Saturday.

The Black Sox committed 10 errors as they slipped to 3-5 on the season with a 17-16 loss to Hastings at John Burch Park. The Hawks blew an early 8-1 lead before once again moving ahead with four runs in the top of the ninth.

"(10 errors) is the most I can remember from my 11 years on the team. There aren't a lot of dominating pitchers and strikeouts in town team ball, so you have to make the plays," Molde said. "When Hastings put the ball in play, we didn't field it."

There were plenty of offensive highlights for the Black Sox. Brady Loew went 5 for 6 with three runs scored out of the leadoff spot, Jon Bishop had four hits, including a home run, and four RBI, and Jason Kirschman and Jason Ormond each scored three times.

Lance Anderson pitched the final five innings in relief of starter Ben Lemke and took the loss.

The Sox (3-5) opened the tournament Friday night with an 8-5 loss to the defending Wisconsin state champions, the River Falls Fighting Fish.

Fish starter JP Feyereisen carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning before Mark Radmacher blasted a two-run home run. Darren McEathron added two late hits.

"It was a really good game. We didn't feel as bad about losing that one, they were a good team," Molde said. "They had the best pitcher we've seen in a couple of years."

Michael Robohm gave the Sox another solid start, holding the Fish to five runs over eight innings. Robohm picked up the team's last win, shutting down the Austin Blue Sox for seven innings two weekends ago in the first game of a doubleheader at Riverland Community College.

"It's really good to see him pitch well because he's not a guy we were relying on," Molde said. "He's been awesome for us."

The Sox set the tone for their quick exit in Cannon Falls last Wednesday when they blew a six-run lead in a 7-6 loss to the Dundas Dukes.

Eric Hendricks left with the lead, but the bullpen couldn't hold it.

Bishop paced the offense with a grand slam.

The Black Sox traveled to Rochester to take on the Royals at Mayo Field Wednesday and are in Lakeville Sunday to take on the Athletics. The team's first home game is June 24.