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Combines come back to forge DH split

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Farmington's Senior Babe Ruth League baseball team doesn't give up easily.

The Combines proved that Sunday after they allowed nine Woodbury runs in the first inning of a doubleheader. They crawled back to within a run before losing the opener, 10-8, then came back to split the doubleheader with a 4-3 win in game 2.

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"I loved the way my guys battled back in this game," Combines coach Shane Ferrozzo said. "After giving up nine runs in the first inning we shut them out the rest of the way, giving up only four runs over the next 13 innings. I think that shows a lot about the character of my players."

In the opener, Tony Ferrozzo, Tyler Landry, Brian Newberg and Matt Schmeltzer each recorded two hits. Schmeltzer also opened the scoring in the fourth inning of Game 2 when he singled and scored on Newberg's RBI double.

The Combines took the lead in the fifth inning of game 2 when Schmeltzer's bunt scored Matt Rudorfer. An inning later, David Rutherford drove in a key insurance run with a sacrifice fly.

The team found itself playing from behind last Thursday, as well, when Eastview jumped out to a 5-0 advantage. The Combines got back within 5-4 before Eastview surged ahead for a 13-4 win.

Ferrozzo was 2 for 3 with two triples and two runs scored, Landry added a triple and Rudorfer tagged a two-run single.

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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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