Baseball: Tigers alternate wins and losses, now sit 7-11
The Tigers looked poised to avenge an earlier one-run loss to Northfield Monday night, but the Raiders scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning (three earned) against reliever Justin Tang and held on for a 6-4 win in Farmington.
Before the rally, Northfield had managed just one unearned run on three hits against starter Tyler Landry. Landry was staked to a 4-0 lead through four innings thanks to two hits and two RBI from second baseman Nick Pierce and two hits and one RBI from Danny Tutewohl.
Runs weren't as hard for the Tigers to come by in Saturday's finale at the Apple Valley Wood Bat Tournament. They scored at least one run in all seven innings and pounded out 13 hits in a 10-2 triumph over Brookings (S.D.).
Justin Lavey got the offense started with a leadoff triple and allowed him to come home on a wild pitch in the top of the first. An inning later, another wild pitch allowed Taylor Wood to move into scoring position after a single and score on Mike Jolliff's double.
The Tigers doubled their lead with a two-spot in the third. Tutewohl brought in the first run with a double and, after a Landry single, Tutewohl scored on a sacrifice fly by Josh Taubenheim.
Lavey, Pierce, Gavin Johnson and Tutewohl each finished with two hits.
Jolliff took advantage of the run support, holding Brookings to two runs on four hits, three walks and three hit by pitches over five innings to collect the baserunner-filled win. Tang followed with two scoreless innings of relief.
"The Brookings game was the most fun we've had as a team," Farmington coach Mike Winters said. "The players supported each other, everybody participated positively and it was fun."
The Tigers' wood bat opener with host Apple Valley was fun for three innings before the Eagles exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth to win by 10-run rule, 12-1.
The Tigers had just four hits, two of which came from Pierce. He singled and scored the team's only run on a fourth-inning double by Tutewohl.
The on-again, off-again Farmington offense was in high gear a day earlier when the Tigers ripped 16 hits in a 10-3 league win over New Prague.
Tutewohl had three of those hits, including two-run single that highlighted a four-run fourth inning. He added another two-run single in the fifth to finish with a season-high five RBI.
Pierce, Wood, Jake Privette, Dylan Bettermann, Lavey and Landry each contributed two hits to the onslaught.
Lavey pitched his first complete game of the season to pick up his first win. He allowed three earned while striking out a season-high five and walking none. The junior has issued just four walks in 27 2/3 innings of work.
Tang came through with a quality start of his own last Tuesday against Prior Lake, but the Tiger offense produced just three hits (two by Pierce) in a 5-0 league loss.
Tang gave up four earned over five innings before Bettermann came on to toss a scoreless sixth inning.
The Tigers close out the regular season this week with a road trip to Holy Angels Tuesday and a home game against Red Wing this afternoon. The Wingers won the last meeting 9-3 back on April 27.