Baseball: Dome treats Tigers well
The Metrodome may have been deemed obsolete for Major League Baseball, but it's still plenty good for Farmington high school's team.
The Tigers ripped a season-high 16 hits under the teflon roof Saturday and got another solid start from Justin Lavey as they rolled past Hutchinson, 12-1. Hutchinson was a 3-2 winner in the previous matchup between the two teams 11 days earlier.
"If I had $7,000, I'd schedule all our home games in the Dome," Farmington coach Mike Winters said.
The Tigers got at least one hit from all nine starters and Lavey, Zach Wallace, Matt Rudorfer, Mike Jolliff and Brian Newberg each had two hits. Rudorfer and Jolliff got the scoring started with back-to-back run-scoring hits in the second inning.
A Tyler Landry double and an RBI single by Steven Barber made it 3-0 through three, then a three-run third inning doubled the Tiger advantage to 6-0. Rudorfer and Jolliff each hit doubles during the frame and Matt Schmelzter and Lavey reached on Hutchinson miscues to create another run.
Four more hits by Newberg, Lavey, Wallace and Sebren Baer led to four more runs in the top of the sixth.
Hutchinson had just five hits and pushed its lone run across in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 10-1. Lavey, who also picked up Farmington's other pitching win against Edina on April 12, struck out five and walked one over seven innings. He was backed by an errorless defense.
The Tigers (2-5) resumed their Missota Conference schedule this week with a pair of home games -- Tuesday against Northfield and Thurday against Holy Angels.
Prior Lake 7,
Prior Lake (4-0) took advantage of three Farmington errors to score four unearned runs in a 7-0 win last Thursday at Memorial Park in Prior Lake.
Cody Carlson got the start, but couldn't make it out of the third inning. Prior Lake pushed across five runs in the frame, but only two were earned. Relief pitcher Alex Roschen was touched up for two runs on six hits over the next two innings and Taylor Bednar got the final four outs without allowing a run.
"Mental mistakes and big innings have been our Achilles heel," Winters said.
Farmington managed just three hits. Lavey went 2 for 3 and Newberg was 1 for 3.
A day after a promising win over Edina, the Tigers took to their home field against Shakopee and suffered an 11-4 loss.
The Tigers led 2-1 before the Sabers exploded for seven runs in the top of the fifth inning. Five of the runs (three earned) were charged to starter Landry and Bednar allowed six runs (one earned) over the final 2 2/3 innings.
"What a difference a day made. We fell apart defensively in the fifth and never recovered emotionally," Winters said.
Lavey and Taylor Wood each had two of Farmington's eight hits.