Baseball: Offense comes and goes
Farmington's inconsistency at the plate continued last week as the Tigers dropped two of three games.
Coach Mike Winters' offense, coming off a season-high 12-run output last Saturday at the Metrodome, turned nine hits, four walks and four sacrifices into seven runs in a 7-2 home victory over Northfield last Tuesday. The Tigers followed their first back-to-back wins of the season with two sub-par offensive efforts Thursday and Monday, losing 8-2 to Holy Angels and 4-2 to Zumbrota-Mazeppa.
The Tigers have now scored 25 runs in their three wins and just 13 runs in seven losses.
The team had five hits against Zumbrota-Mazeppa, including two from Steven Barber. Barber and Matt Rudorfer each scored a run and Justin Lavey provided the lone RBI.
Justin Tang pitched five innings and allowed one unearned run on three hits while striking out seven. The loss went to Cody Carlson, who surrendered three runs (two earned) on seven hits in two innings.
Holy Angels 8,
Three Farmington errors led to four unearned runs and the Stars pounded out 13 hits in an 8-2 victory last Thursday in Farmington.
Winning pitcher Jack Hogan lost his complete-game shutout bid in the seventh when Mike Jolliff drew a walk, Brian Newberg doubled and Matt Schmeltzer and Lavey drove them in.
Lavey got the loss on the mound, allowing four earned runs on eight hits over the first 5 2/3 innings. Tyler Landry came on in relief and got the last four outs.
The Tigers scored at least one run in each of the first five innings of last Tuesday's home win over Northfield.
Lavey led off the first with a triple and Tang got the scoring started by helping his own cause with an RBI single. An inning later, Jolliff doubled and Lavey provided the run-scoring hit.
Farmington's biggest inning was a three-run third that included three walks, a sacrifice fly by Jolliff and RBI singles by Taylor Wood and Schmeltzer.
Sebren Baer added another sacrifice fly in the fifth and Jolliff capped the scoring by walking and coming home on a wild pitch in the sixth.
Lavey and Tang each supplied two of the team's nine hits.
Tang worked all seven innings to earn the win. He induced the Raiders into 10 fly ball outs and struck out one while allowing five hits and yielding just two free passes.