Farmington baseball: 10 wins and counting
Four straight road wins last week have the Farmington baseball program in double figures for the first time since the 2006 season.
The Tigers led from start to finish courtesy of a seven-run second inning in Game 2 Saturday, but had to hold off a furious Chanhassen rally to complete the sweep.
Parker Holmstrom, Landon Nielson, Johnny Dittman and Jordan Beschorner paced a 13-hit attack with two hits apiece. Beschorner drove in three runs and Dittman knocked in two and scored two.
Chanhassen got within 9-8 with two runs against starter Maverick Carlson in the sixth before Austin Martinsen came in to get the four-out save. The Tigers backed both pitchers with error-free defense.
“It can be really tough to sweep a doubleheader. It becomes such a long day and so much can happen,” Farmington coach Jon Graff said. “We went down 1-2-3 in the first, so in the second inning we stressed getting the energy, focusing a bit more and not being satisfied with winning one. We regrouped a bit and came out and put up seven runs on eight hits.”
The Tiger offense produced four runs in the fourth and six more in the seventh in winning Game 1, 13-1.
Holmstrom had three hits, two runs scored and two RBI out of the leadoff spot. JD Hinks drove in three runs and Martinsen, Nielson and Beschorner each drove in a pair.
Bobby Eckert and Jordan DeCroock chipped in with two hits apiece.
Meanwhile, Holmstrom breezed through the Chanhassen lineup, allowing just five hits and striking out four in a complete game victory.
“He did have to work out of a few jams throughout the game, but he does such a good job of not letting the pressure get to him and just focus on what he can control — his next pitch,” Graff said. “He continued to attack their batters, getting a first pitch strike 75 percent of the time. When pitchers can get ahead in the count, especially when they have the stuff he has, it makes it tough on the hitters.”
Another gem lifted the Tigers past Rosemount 2-0 on Friday. Hinks surrendered just three hits over five scoreless innings and Martinsen completed the shutout with a two-inning save.
“It was a close, tense game where both teams pitched and played well enough to win. We just managed to get more production at the plate with eight different guys getting hits,” Graff said. “Hinks pitched great again tonight. His curve ball was the best it had been all year. He scattered three two-out doubles and then getting the next guy out each time.”
The Tigers got all the runs they would need in the second inning when Holmstrom hit the fourth of four straight singles into center field, scoring two runs. Martinsen led the team with two hits.
Holmstrom allowed just one earned run over six innings and the Farmington offense produced eight hits in a 9-3 road win at Northfield last Tuesday.
Martinsen paced the offense with two hits, two RBI and three runs scored. DeCroock and Robert Kramer each knocked in a pair of runs and Holmstrom and Nielson each scored twice.