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Pitching carries Pipers over Dogs

The Rosemount Pipers came up just short in a pair of pitcher’s duels Sunday at Dakota County Technical College.

The Burnsville Bulldogs’ pitching staff allowed just 12 hits over 14 innings on a sweltering day at Ames Field and came away with a doubleheader sweep, edging the Pipers 3-2 and 2-1.

Starter Jamie Wiesner kept the Pipers close in Game 1, holding the Bulldogs to two earned runs while striking out three and walking eight in 6 1/3 innings. Josh Wigley came on in relief to get the final two outs of the seventh.

Back-to-back doubles by Bobby Downs and Dan Hegberg made it a one-run game in the bottom of the seventh, but the tying run was stranded in scoring position.

Wiesner brought in the game’s first run with a bases loaded walk in the fourth.

Downs led the team with two hits.

Hegberg went the distance on the mound in Game 2 and scattered 12 hits while surrendering two runs (one earned).

The Pipers tallied just four hits before Sean Boos led off the seventh with a double and scored on Greg LeVon’s groundout.

The Pipers are on the road at Woodbury Friday and Miesville Sunday before returning to DCTC for their regular season finale Sunday, Aug. 3 against the Minnetonka Saints. The NSCBL state tournament begins Aug. 8 in Burnsville.