Tom Hady lost for season with knee injury in 2nd inning...
Outlaws-6 / Rosemount-16
Sunday was a blustery cool afternoon as the Southwest Outlaws traveled to DCTC Ames field in Rosemount to take on the home team Pipers.
The Outlaws came out of the gates firing on all cylinders with Sam Baumgartner opening the game with a single. Jeremiah Fitzgerald followed Sam with a base on balls. Rosemount starting pitcher Jessie Riebel continued to struggle a bit with his control as Baumgartner and Fitzgerald moved into scoring position on wild pitches. As Riebel faced Ryan Meyer, Baumgartner was plated on a pitch that found the backstop. Fitzgerald advanced to third on the play and Meyer eventually worked a walk. A few pitches later Meyer stole his was into scoring position. It sounds like a broken record, but Mike Roth then plated both Fitzgerald and Meyer with a 2 RBI single, putting the Outlaws out in front 3-0. Shaking off the off season rust, Riebel found his mojo and struck out the next three Outlaw hitters in order to end the inning.
Tom Hady got his second start of the young 2016 season for the Outlaws. With one out in the bottom of the 1st Greg Sell singled for the Pipers but was quickly erased on a fielders choice off the bat of Ken Fry. Fry would score after back to back singles from Jeremy Belisle and Jason Schwab, with Schwab picking up the RBI. Hady would strand the other runners and end the 1st with a 3-1 Outlaws advantage.
Piper southpaw Riebel continued to pitch well in the second setting the Outlaws down in order while adding two more strikeouts.
The bottom of the second took a sour turn for the Outlaws. Hady remained in good form coaxing an infield pop up off the bat Ryan Thomes to open the inning, but a combination of sun and wind allowed the ball to find the infield grass. Thomes advanced to 2nd base on a ground ball to the hole between 1st and 2nd. Paul Ebeling made a fine defensive play in the hole to feed Ryan Meyer at 1st base for the out. Here is where the Outlaws season changed. Hady fielded a sharp comebacker from the next Piper hitter and alertly caught Thomes in no-mans land attempting to advance to third base on the play. Hady ran at Thomes and made a lunge tag attempt. Thomes would be out on the play, but so would Hady with a season ending knee injury. Hady was carried off the field by his teammates and eventually taken to Tria Orthopedic (An Outlaw sponsor for a good reason) where it was discovered he had torn the patella tendon in his right knee. After the fateful play the Pipers plated 5 runs to jump out to a 6-3 lead. Even though the day was extremely windy...all wind had left the Outlaws sails.
Refusing to give up, the Outlaws battled back in the top of the third. Sean Mangan opened the inning with a walk and Sam Baumgartner followed with his second single of the day. One out later Riebel lost his mojo again and walked Ryan Meyer to load the bases. Mike Roth and Jeremy Krumweide then both worked RBI bases loaded walks. The book doesn't really explain how the third run scored, but with Mangan, Baumgartner and Meyer plated, the score was once again tied up at 6-6. With one out Roth had advanced to third and Krum was also in scoring position at 2nd base. Riebel was lifted from the game for Scott Manwarren who came on in relief. Manwarren threw a wet blanket on the Outlaw rally by setting down the next two Outlaw hitters and ending the inning. The game had the feel of a heavy weight fight as the Outlaws and Pipers exchanged crooked innings heading to the home half of the third knotted at 6.
The Pipers didn't waste much time delivering the next heavy punch. They used 4 hits, a base on balls and a hit batter to plate 5 more runs and take an 11-6 lead.
The Outlaws never made it off the canvas falling in order in the 4th.
The Pipers kept piling on adding 2 more runs in the 4th while extending the lead to 13-6.
Sean Mangan reached for the 2nd time to open the 5th inning on a Piper fielding error. Sam Baumgartner then hit a looper into shallow center that the center fielder ran down and laid out for. The ball popped loose on the play but Mangan was nabbed at 2nd base as it looked as if the catch was made. One out later Ryan Meyer rapped a base hit to right field. The game would remain out of reach as Manwarren coaxed a ground ball to end the inning.
The Pipers then delivered the knock out blow in the bottom of the 5th plating three runs before an out was recorded, ending the game by 10 run rule. The Pipers side of the score book looks like someone shot it with ink buck shot.
A depressing day as the Outlaws lost more than a ball game. Tom Hady will miss the remainder of the 2016 season with the knee injury.
Sam Baumgartner led all Outlaw hitters going 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored. Mike Roth was 1 for 2 with 3 RBI and a walk, Ryan Meyer was 1 for 2 while scoring twice and adding a walk, Jerimiah Fitzgerald walked and scored, and Sean Mangan also walked and crossed the plate once. Jeremy Krumweide walked once to drive in a run.
The Outlaws will travel to Jordan on Sunday May 22nd to take on the Jordan Alers. First pitch is at 2:00pm at the legendary Mini-Met ball park. If you haven't been there...you should. Awesome place to watch a ball game. Come on out and watch the Outlaws try and rebound! See you there!