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Farmington American Legion baseball: Rout ends 3-game skid

After struggling to produce much offense over its first eight games, the Farmington Legion baseball team finally broke out of its slump with 14 hits in last Tuesday’s 13-1 rout of Hastings at Veterans Field.

Coming off a 10-1 loss to Lakeville South where it managed just four hits, Post 189 had five players come through with two hits apiece: Parker Holmstrom, Johnny Dittman, Bobby Eckert, Ryan Giebel and Jordan DeCroock. Holmstrom, Dittman, Eckert Giebel and Jordan Beschorner each scored two runs.

“It could have just been the weekend break that helped them out. We got on them a little after the loss to South because that was the team they lost to in the section tournament and they came out really flat,” Farmington assistant coach Jake Baskerville said. “I think in the Hastings game they came out with a little more fire.”

That fire produced five runs in the first inning and three more in the second. Starter JD Hinks took advantage and earned his third win of the summer, holding Hastings to one run and striking out four over six innings.

“Hinks is always just consistent. He doesn’t throw very hard, but he always throws strikes and changes speeds,” Baskerville said.

Post 189 (4-5) is back in action this weekend in pool play at the Gopher Classic in Chanhassen.