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Farmington American Legion baseball: Looking for offense

Farmington Legion shortstop Parker Holmstrom throws to first base to complete a double play early on in last Wednesday’s 5-0 loss at Eagan. Farmington has lost three straight since sweeping a doubleheader from St. Paul Park June 17.

Runs have been hard to come by for the Farmington Legion baseball team during its 3-5 start to the summer season.

Post 189 dropped its third straight game Friday when it mustered just six hits in a 10-1 loss at home to Lakeville South. Before that, the team was shut out 5-0 and put up just four hits last Wednesday at Eagan and scored twice in a loss to Burnsville.

“Our hitting has been too inconsistent. We aren’t stringing our hits together or doing the little things right to manufacture runs,” Farmington coach Jared Rowan said. “There have been times where we get runners in scoring positions and we don’t wait for the right pitch to drive or we strike out or pop out to the infield. We have players that are capable; we just haven’t been all clicking in one game all summer so far.”

In the three games Farmington has won, its pitching has been lights out. JD Hinks and Parker Holmstrom threw back-to-back shutouts in a doubleheader sweep of St. Paul Park June 17 in Farmington and Hinks provided another quality start in a 4-1 decision over Apple Valley on June 11.

“When we are winning games it’s been because we’ve pitched well,” Rowan said.

Starter Austin Martinsen struggled pitching to a small strike zone against South, according to Rowan. South put up three runs in the first, three more in the second and three in the fourth.

“He just didn’t have it that game. He got frustrated by the strike zone, which was small for summer ball, and he started grooving it,” Rowan said. “They smacked it around pretty good.”

Farmington’s lone run came on Jordan DeCroock’s third-inning double. Robert Kramer came around to score after reaching on a walk.

Maverick Carlson allowed five runs in the first two innings before settling down in last Wednesday’s 5-0 loss. Farmington managed just four singles.

Post 189 traveled to Hastings Tuesday and plays again Monday at Rosemount.

“I think this is the best team we’ve had since I’ve been coach. We have good pitchers and some guys that can hit, we just have to put it all together,” Rowan said.