Class C roundup Friday in Chaska: Tournament darling Dumont outlasts Loretto

Led by starter Jordan Roos, the Dumont Saints outlasted Corey Koskie and the Loretto Larks Friday night for a 6-4 win in Chaska. Roos needed 161 pitches and more than three hours to get the job done.

The Saints held a 3-2 lead after eight full innings. They managed to plate three in the top of the ninth, aided by two Loretto errors to take a four-run lead. The Larks didn’t go away quietly, though. Will Rushenberg, pinch-hitting in the nine-hole, coaxed a one-out walk and leadoff hitter Ben Leuthner did the same to put runners on first and second. Kent Koch hit a grounder to short, forcing Leuthner at second and advancing Rushenberg to third. Tyler Maher plated Rushenberg with a single to right, cutting the deficit to three.

Keenan Hodgkins, the Larks cleanup hitter, stepped to the plate with two out and two on. He represented the tying run at that point. Roos worked the count to 2-1 before missing with a wild pitch over everyone’s heads, allowing Koch to score from third and Maher to take second. Hodgkins launched Roos’ 2-2 offering over the head of Saints center fielder Paul Kussatz, but he was able to run it down about two steps from the warning track for the final out.

Loretto opened the scoring in the third. Koch slapped a single to left and Maher coaxed a walk. Hodgkins advanced the runners on a ground-out to first and Koch scored on a wild pitch.

Dumont answered with two runs in the top of the fourth. Roos singled to right just ahead of lefty Matt Thielen who pulled an outside two-strike fastball over the right field fence.

Both teams added a run in the sixth. Both scorers reached on one-out walks.

The Larks stranded three runners in the eighth. Maher, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, singled with one out and stole second. Hodgkins poppped up to third and Bradley Koskie drew a walk. The Saints opted to intentionally walk Corey Koskie to load the bases with two out. Larks catcher Brandon Brolin fouled off three 0-2 pitches from Roos before hitting a roller to short for the force at second to snuff out the threat.

Roos allowed four runs (all earned) on four hits, eight walks, one hit batter and three wild pitches. He struck out six. It wasn’t pretty, but it was enough to earn him the win.

Loretto starter Owen Boerma gave up three runs on four hits and three walks. He fanned eight in 5 1/3 innings. In that span he threw 117 pitches. He kept the Larks in it, but ended up taking the loss. Reliever Nick Kaye fanned five and allowed four hits the rest of the way. None of the three runs against him were earned.

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