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Rockets launch 3 home runs to drub Kilowatts

(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) Raymond newcomer Calvin Kosminskas watches the flight of a line drive to deep center in the fourth inning that was misplayed, allowing him to reach first in a Cornbelt League game against Granite Falls Sunday in Raymond. The Rockets shortstop homered earlier in his first at bat. The Kilowatts catcher is Tyler Dammann.

RAYMOND — Calvin Kosminskas homered and tossed three shutout innings of relief to help Raymond blank Granite Falls 10-0 in seven innings Sunday during a Cornbelt League game.

Kosminskas opened up the scoring by belting a solo home run in the second inning. That would be the first of three home runs the Rockets would launch, allowing the home team to outhit the Kilowatts 10-5.

Justin Koenen, who went 3-for-4, slugged a two-run homer to highlight a four-run fifth and Kyle Knott added another solo shot in the sixth for the unbeaten Rockets (2-0, 4-0).

John Sawatzky started on the mound for Raymond, working four hitless innings to earn the win. The former Willmar Rails right-hander struck out three without issuing a walk. Kosminskas also didn’t surrender a walk while striking out two.

The Rockets also got doubles from Brandon Madsen and Tyler Steen, while Mike Jeseritz was responsible for driving in two runs.

The five Granite Falls hit were all singles, two each from Nick Richter and Eric Zieske and one from losing pitcher Tyler Kanten.

Raymond 10, Granite Falls 0

Granite Falls 000 000 0 — 0 5 2

Raymond 010 042 3 — 10 10 4

HITTING – Granite Falls: Tyler Kanten 1-3, Nick Richter 2-3, Eric Zieske 2-3 … Raymond: Brandon Madsen 1-5 2b, Tyler Steen 1-5 2b, Mike Jeseritz 1-3 2-rbi, Kyle Knott 2-4, solo hr rbi, Justin Koenen 3-4 2-run hr 3-rbi, Calvin Kosminskas 1-2 solo hr rbi, Ron Hoekstra 1-1

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Granite Falls: Kanten (L) 4.2-6-5-5-3-6, Dylan Lindstrom 2.1-3-5-3-6-5, Zieske 0-1-0-0-0-0 … Raymond: John Sawatzky (W) 4-0-0-0-0-3, Kosminskas 3-5-0-0-0-2