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Black Sox: Team loses late lead against Eagan

Things fell apart for the Rosemount Black Sox late in Sunday's game against the Eagan Bandits.

The home team saw a 6-4 lead disappear as the Bandits scored seven runs in the seventh and five more in the eighth en route to a 16-6 victory. The game was called after eight innings due to the 10-run rule.

Rosemount starter Michael Robohm cruised through six innings before a couple of doubles and a couple of walks opened the floodgates in the seventh. Robohm finished with three strikeouts and five walks in 6 2/3 innings.

"His command started to go and he was leaving pitches up. We should have started a new guy in the seventh," Rosemount player/manager Lance Anderson said. "It was hot out and he was fatigued, so he wasn't spotting the ball as well as he usually does."

Andrew Nelson came in to record the final out of the seventh, but was knocked around for five runs in the eighth before Anderson came in to get the final three outs.

Eagan led 4-0 before Rosemount got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the third. Jon Bishop started the rally by reaching on his team-leading fifth hit-by-pitch and Matt Foley moved him into scoring position with a single. Brady Loew and newcomer Lucas Hasse, both former Rosemount High School baseball standouts, followed with bases-loaded walks to plate a pair of runs.

The Black Sox (7-7) tied the game with two more runs in the fourth courtesy of two more free passes and three Eagan errors.

Anderson's two-run double made it 6-4 after five innings.

The Sox finished with just five hits, but left plenty of runners on base as Eagan pitchers walked seven batters and hit six.

The Sox are on the road at Coon Rapids and Savage this week and play again tomorrow night at Waterville. The team is back home this weekend for games against the Lakeville Athletics (Saturday at 2 p.m.) and the Rochester Royals (Sunday at 2 p.m.).