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Farmington Senior Babe Ruth second baseman Tyler Knutson receives the throw from catcher Cole Luskey and tags out a Faribault base-stealer during Thursday's 7-4 win in Burnsville.

Babe Ruth: Farmington goes down swinging in division tournament

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Babe Ruth: Farmington goes down swinging in division tournament
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Fifth-seeded Farmington managed to make some noise in the South Division Senior Babe Ruth Tournament last weekend.

Farmington upset fourth-seeded Faribault 7-4 in the opening round, then put a scare into top-seeded Bloomington, holding a 5-2 lead late in an eventual 8-5 loss on Friday night. The team concluded a 3-14 summer season with a 10-8 loss to No. 3 Lakeville North on Saturday at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville.

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"We finished relatively strong. We weren't scoring a lot of runs up until this last week when we hit the ball pretty well," Farmington coach Scott Molitor said. "We scored seven, five and eight runs and were playing some pretty good baseball."

Andy Sharratt got Farmington off to a good start in the tournament opener, holding Faribault scoreless over the first four innings while the offense built a 5-0 lead. He lost his command in the fifth, walking the bases loaded before Andy Morris came in to get the three-inning save.

Marty Rivera got the scoring started with an RBI single in the first. He came around to score the game's second run on a Morris sacrifice fly.

Farmington doubled its lead with two more runs in the fourth. Sharrat started the rally with a single and scored on a squeeze bunt by Jesse Johnson. Rivera followed with another RBI single to make it 4-0.

Sharratt and Tyler Knutson provided a pair of big insurance runs in the top of the seventh with back-to-back RBI singles.

Bloomington 8,

Farmington 5

Top-seeded Bloomington started the bottom of the sixth by reaching on an error, a walk and a bunt single against starter Cole Luskey, then churned out three straight RBI singles against Morris as it rallied for five runs in an eventual 8-5 second-round win.

Farmington had moved ahead 5-2 thanks to three runs in the top of the fifth. Rivera and Simon Lindstrom started that inning with singles and Matt Molitor raked a two-run triple before coming home on a Morris sacrifice fly.

Molitor also doubled and scored on a Drew Bogue sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Lakeville North 10,

Farmington 8

Farmington overcame a 7-0 deficit with seven runs in the top of the fifth, but eventually fell 10-8 to Lakeville North in Saturday's tournament finale.

The team had just three hits before Rivera started the fifth with a single. Two errors and two walks followed before Jeff Zakoski drove in two with a base hit. A couple more free passes set up a two-run single by Rivera that tied the game.

Lakeville North took the lead back with two runs in the bottom of the frame, and Farmington plated just one more run on a Molitor triple in the sixth.

The loss went to Sharratt, who allowed three runs (two earned) over the final two innings. Morris started and gave up the first seven runs (six earned) on nine hits.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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