Baseball: Bats silenced in 2-1 loss to Winona
Two days after pounding out 17 hits in a section-opening victory over Rochester John Marshall, the Farmington baseball team managed just three hits in a season-ending 2-1 Section 1AAA Tournament loss Monday at Winona.
The Tigers finished the season with a record of 9-13, a game better than last season and their best mark since 2006. The team's inconsistent offense, which averaged 7.6 runs a game in nine wins and just over two runs a game in 13 losses, ended up being its downfall as Winona sophomore pitcher Trae Cierzan struck out eight during a complete-game effort.
Senior Justin Lavey took the tough loss for Farmington. He allowed single runs in the first and second innings, then shut out Winona over the next four frames.
The Tigers pushed across their lone run in the third when Matt Schmeltzer walked and pinch runner Tony Ferrozzo stole second and scored on a fielder's choice by Steven Barber.
Lavey, Zach Wallace and Tyler Landry provided Farmington's three hits.
Four hitters ripped three or more hits in Saturday's 8-6 Section 1AAA opening victory over John Marshall.
The Rockets took a brief 6-5 lead when they plated five runs against starter Justin Tang in the bottom of the fifth. The Tigers responded with a decisive three-run rally that featured hits by Barber, Landry, Mike Jolliff and Matt Rudorfer.
Barber went 4 for 5 with two runs scored, Rudorfer finished 3 for 4 with three RBI and Lavey and Landry each had three hits. Jolliff was 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI and Wallace and Taylor Wood each had a hit.
Lavey came out of the bullpen to pick up the win. He held John Marshall scoreless on two hits over the final 2 2/3 innings.
The Tigers closed out the regular season by coming from behind for a 6-4 road win over an Orono team that entered with a record of 12-7.
Orono led 4-3 before the visitors put up three runs with two outs in the top of the seventh. Eric Oslund started the rally with a two-out walk, then Tony Ferrozzo reached on an error. Both runners scored on a go-ahead two-run double by Zach Payne, who eventually came around to score on a passed ball.
The rally made a winner of Farmington's fifth pitcher -- Dayne Eich -- who worked a scoreless bottom of the sixth.