Babe Ruth baseball: Farmington drops four straight
The Farmington Senior Babe Ruth baseball team was outscored 48-15 while dropping four straight games last week.
Farmington lost to Faribault 9-3 last Tuesday, then was swept by undefeated Burnsville 12-3 and 15-7 Wednesday before a 12-2 setback to Bloomington on Thursday. The four-game skid dropped the team to 2-9.
"We were short on pitching all week due to vacations, which is why we gave up so many runs," Farmington coach Scott Molitor said. "Not a good week for wins, but our hitting finally came around against Burnsville. Prior to the Burnsville doubleheader we had been averaging four hits a game for the first eight games of the season."
Farmington did all of its scoring in the third inning of Thursday's 12-2 loss at Bloomington. Matt Molitor drove in the first run with a single, then scored on a Drew Bogue RBI single.
Bogue started on the mound and allowed 11 runs on six hits, three walks and two errors. Jake Adam pitched the final two innings and held Bloomington to one run on two hits and two free passes.
Bogue also got the start the previous day when he gave up five runs in the first three-plus innings of the nightcap of the Burnsville doubleheader. Adam, Jeff Zakoski and Cole Luskey also pitched in relief and each gave up at least three runs.
After scoring one run in the first on three straight singles by Bogue, Andy Morris and Tyler Knutson, the Farmington offense produced its lone big inning of the week with six runs in the fourth.
Bogue, Morris, Simon Lindstrom and Knutson started the frame with four straight singles, then Zakoski and Adam ripped RBI doubles. Luskey and Rivera followed with walks and Molitor capped off the inning with an RBI double.
Luskey started on the hill in the opener and allowed nine Burnsville runs over 5 1/3 innings in an eventual 12-3 loss.
All three Farmington runs came in the first two innings. Molitor drove in Marty Rivera with an RBI single in the first and singles by Lindstrom, Knutson and Zakoski produced two more in the second.
Faribault used three walks and five base hits to score four seventh-inning runs against Bogue and pull away for a 9-3 win last Tuesday in Farmington.
Morris started and held Faribault to five runs while punching out five over the first six frames.
The home team managed single runs in the first, third and fourth innings. Rivera started the scoring by reaching on a fielder's choice and coming home in a Molitor single in the bottom of the first.
Jesse Johnson led off the third with a single and scored on another Molitor single. Johnson added an RBI hit of his own an inning later.