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Farmington VFW baseball: Post 7662 manages tie at Chaska

The Farmington VFW baseball team did just about everything it could to lose last Thursday’s game against Chaska.

Post 7662 committed six errors and walked nine batters, but stranded 14 Chaska runners on base with some timely defensive plays and salvaged a 4-4, nine-inning tie at Veterans Park.

“This was a crazy game. In a way, we kind of stole the tie, if you can do that,” Farmington coach Jon Graff said. “We worked out of bases loaded jams twice and made a couple of great plays to get out of some tough situations.”

Jacob Laube made a couple of plays at third base that saved runs, and shortstop Nick Bauer made a running catch in the outfield that turned into a double play and got Post 7662 out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth.

Dylan Bergstad started on the mound and allowed two runs (one earned) while walking three and striking out seven in three-plus innings. Cole Farthing pitched the next five and had to work around five hits and five walks while allowing two runs (one earned). Bauer preserved the tie with a scoreless ninth.

Christian Groves led Farmington at the plate with two hits, two runs scored and two RBI. Justin King also had two hits and John Daly and Hayden Kendall each scored a run.

A day earlier, Post 7662 piled up nine runs in the first inning and coasted to an 11-1 rout of Holy Angels.

“We had to cancel some games lately, so I wasn’t sure how sharp we’d be. But the kids did a great job and came out hot,” Graff said.

Bergstad and Max Barthel each had two hits and drove in three runs. Laube was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI and Sam Needham scored a run and drove one in.

King pitched all five innings and held Holy Angels to one unearned run on four hits while striking out three.

Post 7662 took on Waconia and Providence Academy earlier this week and is on the road for games at Chanhassen and Richfield next Monday and Tuesday. They take on Bloomington Blue next Thursday before closing out the regular season at the Eagan Tournament July 11-13.