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Farmington VFW baseball: Post 7662 wins sub-district

Hayden Kendall drops down a sacrifice bunt during a recent Farmington VFW game.

The Farmington VFW baseball team has had success bouncing back after losses this season.

That was the case again this weekend when Post 7662 recovered from an opening-round 10-5 loss to Chaska to reel off three straight victories and win the sub-district tournament in Inver Grove Heights. A 7-3 win over South St. Paul Sunday morning assured the team a spot in today’s district tournament in Mankato and Sunday afternoon’s 5-4 triumph over Chaska earned Post 7662 the top seed.

“We put another good game together and really capped off a great weekend of baseball,” Farmington coach Jon Graff said. “We continue to hit good pitches and make a lot of plays defensively. It’s a great testament to the kids’ effort and focus to be able to win the sub-section the way we did. Hopefully we can go down to Mankato and continue to play the way we are capable of.”

In the championship game, Jay Burditt, Luke Johnston, Cole Farthing and Will Ristow each supplied two of the team’s nine hits. Burditt drove in three runs, two of which game on a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the fourth.

“The guys are seeing the ball really good at the plate lately, and we’re hitting up and down the lineup,” Graff said. “The big thing is we are swinging at our pitches and not chasing things out of the zone — and when you do that, you give yourself a good shot.”

Jacob Dentinger started on the mound and allowed three runs on four hits over the first 4 2/3 innings. Max Barthel picked up the save, allowing one unearned run over the final 2 1/3 innings.

Justin King’s 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief allowed Post 7662 to close out its semifinal win over South St. Paul.

Farmington built a 4-0 lead through two innings courtesy of RBI doubles by Barthel, Christian Groves and Dylan Bergstad. Groves, Bergstad and Sam Needham each finished with a pair of hits.

After its opening loss Saturday, Post 7662 (15-5-1) got some revenge on Chaska with an 11-5 victory on Saturday. Eight players contributed to the team’s 12 hits, led by Bergstad’s 3-for-4 showing.

Needham opened the scoring with a two-run single in the second. Johnston had two hits, drove in a pair and scored twice. Groves reached base four times and drove in two runs and Jacob Laube capped a seven-run fourth inning with a two-run single.

Bergstad took advantage of the run support and held Chaska to five runs (two earned) on five hits over six innings. Farthing followed with a scoreless seventh.

Post 7662 opens district tournament play at 4:30 p.m. today at Mankato East High School.