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Amateur baseball: Pipers pound Outlaws in season opener

The defending Class A state amateur champions picked up right where they left off in Sunday night’s season opener at Dakota County Technical College.

The Rosemount Pipers scored runs in all five innings while 10-running the Southwest Outlaws, 16-6.

The Pipers didn’t hold their first practice until two hours before the game, but they managed to quickly shake off the rust after allowing three runs in the top of the first inning.

“A few of us hit the cages a handful of times, but we didn’t get a chance to practice as a team prior to game day,” player/manager Ken Fry said. “Our offense looked great. Everyone seemed to be hitting the ball.... Overall, I was very happy with our play, especially being that no one was able to get out much prior to the game.”

The Pipers ripped 16 hits in five innings, led by a 4 for 4 day from cleanup hitter Jeremy Belisle.

He singled three times and hit a long home run during a five-run second inning.

Leadoff man Dan Hegberg doubled, tripled and drove in four runs. Charlie Borrell went 3 for 4 with two RBI and Fry singled, doubled and scored three runs.

Ryan Thomas reached base all four times and put the 10-run rule into effect with an RBI single in the fifth.

Starter Jesse Riebel allowed five earned runs over the first 2 1/3 innings. Hegberg followed with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Both pitchers struck out five.

“None of our pitchers have really thrown yet and it took an inning or two to shake off the rust,” Fry said. “Jesse came around within an inning or two and started striking out batters.  Dan Hegberg came in and shut them down as he usually does.”

The Pipers are back at DCTC Sunday at 5 p.m. to take on the Northfield Millers.

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