Pipers hold on to 2nd place
The Rosemount Pipers put themselves in position to claim second place outright in the River Valley League with two more victories last week.
The Pipers blew out the Apple Valley A’s 19-7 Friday night and kept their bats hot in a 9-2 rout of the Minneapolis Bombers Sunday night at DCTC. With two games left in the regular season, the Pipers have an overall record of 13-3 and are 11-3 in the league, 2 ½ games behind first-place Burnsville and a game up on the Prior Lake Mariners. The regular season wraps up with another game at DCTC 2 p.m. Sunday against Eden Prairie.
Cleanup hitter Charlie Borrell paced the offense Sunday against Minneapolis, going 3 for 3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Jason Moe started the scoring with a two-run single in the Pipers’ five-run first inning and added an RBI single during a four-run fourth. Ken Fry added two hits and scored twice and Bryce Barry drove in two runs.
Fry, Jesse Riebel and Chris Schwab split pitching duties and managed to yield just two runs on three hits despite walking 11 batters over seven innings.
The Pipers pounded 16 hits Friday at Apple Valley and scored in every inning of their 19-7 victory. Leadoff man Bobby Downs and Jeremy Belisle combined to go 9 for 11 with six runs scored and 12 RBI. Downs went 4 for 6 with a two-run single in the second, an RBI single in the third, a single in the fifth, an RBI groundout in the sixth and a two-run double in the seventh. Belisle singled in the first, hit a sacrifice fly in the second and then doubled in four straight innings — the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh. Those four doubles resulted in five more RBI.
Fry added three hits and scored four runs and Schwab drove in three runs. Jay Yess scored three times and Josh Wigley and Sean Boos scored twice. Dale Stapf drove in a pair of runs.
Wigley worked around six hits and three walks to hold Apple Valley to two runs over the first five innings and pick up the win.