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Pipers baseball: Bats stay hot heading into state

The Rosemount Pipers baseball team wrapped up a regular season where it achieved a collective batting average of .384 by notching nine runs in each of two back-to-back wins last week.

Sunday’s 9-3 road win over the Eden Prairie Lions Tap finished off a 13-3 run through the River Valley League’s 13-team Wilson Division that gave the Pipers second place outright behind only the 14-1 Burnsville Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are the No. 1 seed going into this weekend’s Class A-AA state tournament, while the Pipers are seeded fifth behind Burnsville, Cold Spring, Minnetonka and Prior Lake.

Consistent pitching will be key if the Pipers are going to make a run in the tournament. Jeremy Belisle provided just that Sunday in Eden Prairie, allowing two earned and fanning five over seven innings. He chipped in at the plate, as well, hitting two doubles and driving in a pair of runs out of the cleanup spot.

Bryce Barry and Jesse Riebel each added two hits and Greg Sell doubled and drove in two runs. Chris Barnick scored twice.

Last Wednesday the Pipers plated eight runs in the bottom of the third inning and held on for a 9-5 win over the visiting New Hope Bandits at DCTC.

The top three batters in the order each provided three hits as Bobby Downs, Ken Fry and Jason Moe combined to go 9 for 12, score four runs and drive in two. Sean Boos and Dale Stapf each added two RBI.

Riebel held New Hope to three runs and worked around six walks with six strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings to get the win. Sell got the last eight outs in relief.

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