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UPDATE Veteran Royals beat youthful Blues

By Guy N. Limbeck

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

The veterans got the best of the youngsters in Rochester amateur baseball on Saturday as the Royals defeated the Blues 12-6 at Mayo Field.

Tom Corcoran went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs for the Royals. The left-handed hitter snapped a 6-6 tie with a two-run homer in the fifth inning.

"We definitely like playing the cross-town rivals," Corcoran said. "We kind of took them for granted at first but then we had to spark it up."

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Corcoran hit an RBI single in a five-run third. He then waited on a changeup from Eric Anderson to pull the ball over the wall in right field for his first homer of the year in the fifth.

"He hung it middle in at the belt," Corcoran said. "He missed earlier with some fastballs."

The Royals finished with 12 hits and scored in five of the eight innings they batted. Catcher Josh Matti went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Tim Oesterlin was 1-for-3 with three RBIs and Ronnie Olson was 2-for-5.

Mike DeBolt went 3-for-4 for the Blues and hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to tie the game at 6-6.

"We enjoy playing these guys," DeBolt said. "Before the game we’re warming up together and shagging flyballs. But it’s still competitive (once the game starts)."

The Royals are a perennial Class B state power with 11 straight state trips. The Blues, a Class C team, have plenty of talented young players and the respect factor goes both ways between the two teams.

"We like playing the Blues," Corcoran said. "They have a lot of young guys who are getting used to the wood bat. At the end of the year they might be at state in Class C."

"The Royals have played together for quite a while," DeBolt said. "As we progress, we should come together."

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Adam Sikkink pitched six innings for the win and Dave Timmons tossed three scoreless innings for the save.

"Dave pitched real well," Royals manager Dan Hoefs said.

Anderson, who allowed eight runs in five innings, suffered the loss.

"This is a good game for both teams," Hoefs said.

He said the Blues, a feeder team for the Royals, have gotten an infusion of young talent due to the strong Rochester class of 2008 that produced a number of solid players.

"It’s good for those kids to play amateur baseball," Hoefs said. "And (today) those kids came out and hit the ball."

ROYALS 12, BLUES 6

Blues 102 300 000 — 6 9 3

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Royals 010 111 x — 12 12 1

Blues: Darin Wagner 2 BB, 2 R; Mitch Anderson 2-for-4, R, 2B; Mike DeBolt 3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBIs, HR; Brian Ness 2B, RBI; Tony Nierman 2-for-4, RBI. LP: Eric Anderson 5 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 K, 0 BB. Other: Sam Levisen 3 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 K, 2 BB.

Royals: Bryan Denisen 1-for-3, 3 R; Ronnie Olson 2-for-5, 2 R, RBI, 2B; Dave Adams R, RBI; Josh Matti 3-for-4, RBI, 2B; Tom Corcoran 3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBIs, HR; Tim Oesterlin 1-for-3, 3 RBIs. WP: Adam Sikkink 6 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 K, 4 BB. Sv: Dave Timmons 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K, 1 BB.

SUNDAY

Mankato 12, Royals 8, 10 inn.

The Mankato Twins broke open a tie game with a five-run top of the 10th inning to secure a 12-8 victory against the Rochester Royals on Sunday at Mayo Field.

The Royals (10-6) rallied from a 6-1 deficit with five runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score. Each team scored once in the eighth to set up Mankato’s big 10th inning.

Tim Osterlin and Bryan Denisen had three hits each for the Royals. Osterlin was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Denisen went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored.

Tim Welke pitched the final four innings for the Royals, who are back in action at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Austin against the Austin Blue Sox.

MANKATO 12, ROYALS 8, 10 INN.

Mankato 000 300 310 5 — 12 13 3

Royals 000 001 510 1 — 8 10 3

Royals: Ronnie Olson 2-5, 2B, R; Tom Corcoran 2B, 2 RBIs; Bryan Denisen 3-5, 2B, 3 R; Tim Osterlin 3-4, 2 RBIs. LP: Tim Welke 4 IP.

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