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Black Sox lose close games

Good pitching and solid defense weren't enough for the Rosemount Black Sox in two games last weekend.

The Sox lost 3-1 to Savage on Saturday and 1-0 Sunday to Burnsville in a game that was scoreless until the eighth inning. Both games were fast paced and well played, Black Sox player Dave Molde said Monday. The home team just could never generate any offense.

Eric Hendricks got the start for Rosemount on Saturday and went eight innings. He gave up individual runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh.

"It took them a lot to put something together," Molde said. "We played some great defense behind him."

The Black Sox turned several double plays in the game.

Hendricks helped himself out in the sixth. He led off with a double, advanced to third on a fly to right and scored on a passed ball. He didn't find much support from the rest of the lineup, though.

"I think it's a combination of an above average pitcher and we're just flat, so we couldn't put a lot together," Molde said. "I think we only had about four hits."

Things didn't get any better when Burnsville brought its own hot pitcher to town on Sunday. Michael Robohm started for the Black Sox and gave up just one run in eight innings, but offense was hard to come by against a Burnsville pitcher who led his team to second place in last year's state tournament. Rosemount had just three hits and only Matt Foley got as far as second base.

"Anytime you lose two games in two days it's frustrating, but like I just got done telling my guys, it sucks, but there's plenty of positives we can take out of it," Molde said. "We played phenomenal defense.

"When the bats go cold, it's hard to get them going again."

The Black Sox had a chance for some revenge earlier this week. They were scheduled to play Burnsville on Monday and Savage on Tuesday. A Saturday home game against Austin could end with the Black Sox seeded as high as second or as low as fourth when section play starts next week.