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Baseball: Double doubleheaders for FHS
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

The Farmington baseball team was on both sides of a pair of doubleheader sweeps last week.

The Tigers had their largest offensive output of the young season last Tuesday when they knocked off New Prague 13-2 and 5-2 at Memorial Park in New Prague. Two days later at Donaldson Park in Richfield, Holy Angels did more damage with the bats in a 4-3, 13-7 sweep.

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Holy Angels had just four hits in the opener, but took advantage of four walks and two errors that led to a pair of unearned runs. Jared Lipinski allowed one run over the final three innings and took the loss in relief of starter Parker Holmstrom.

Spencer Merle paced the Tigers with a double, a triple and a pair of RBI. Nick Schoening also tallied two hits and knocked in a run.

Holy Angels matched their Game 1 output with four runs in the top of the third inning in Game 2. Farmington rallied to tie the score at 6-6 through four, but the Stars put the game away by plating seven in the top of the sixth.

Four errors and four walks were costly for starter Jordan Decroock, who allowed six runs (two earned) over the first 3 2/3 innings. Kevin Olund took over and surrendered six more runs (five earned) while recording five outs.

Jordan Lugowski supplied three of the Tigers' 11 hits. Schoening added two more hits and two RBI and Zach Speikers and leadoff hitter Johnny Dittman each contributed two hits.

Eckert drove in three runs and Merle scored twice.

After opening the rain-filled spring with three losses that spanned 23 days, the Tigers finally picked up their first win with a 13-2 rout of New Prague last Tuesday.

Merle had another big day at the plate, ripping three hits including a double and a two-run home run, and driving in four runs. Dittman, Decroock and Lugowski each ripped a pair of the team's season-high 13 hits and Eckert scored three times.

Olund supplied a triple and two RBIs.

JD Hinks took advantage of an early 6-0 lead and held the Trojans to two runs on seven hits over four innings to pick up the win. Merle came on in relief and put up zeroes for three innings.

The offense produced just four hits in Game 2, but a solid outing from Jordan Beschorner helped the Tigers complete the sweep.

Beschorner allowed two runs on four hits over five innings and left leading, 5-2. Holmstrom pitched a scoreless sixth for the hold and Olund worked a 1-2-3 seventh for the save.

"It was a great night for the Tigers. We finally put it all together," coach Mike Winters said. "The pitchers did a good job of getting ahead and putting the ball in play. Defensively we made the plays we should and limited our mental mistakes.... At the plate we had a nice mix. We were patient when we should be and aggressive when we needed to be."

Eckert, Merle, Decroock and Schoening drove in runs and Speikers scored twice.

The Tigers (2-5) hosted Northfield for a doubleheader Tuesday and play two more games on the road at Chanhassen this afternoon.

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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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