Farmington VFW goes 0-2 at districts
A promising season came to a frustrating end last week for the Farmington VFW baseball team.
Post 7662 went 19-11-1, won its half of the South Suburban League and qualified for the district tournament for the first time in four years, but went scoreless while losing both of its games last week.
"Pretty much everything we did all year we didn't do this weekend," VFW coach Mike Winters said. "We just kind of struggled throwing strikes. We had a total of four hits in two games. Averaging two hits in the district tournament isn't going to get it done."
Post 7662 played a close game against a good New Ulm team to open the tournament Thursday. New Ulm scored one run in the first, and that was the only scoring in the game.
Farmington had its chances, despite having just five baserunners in the game. Jordan Decrook led off the game with a double and was on third with one out, but he was thrown out at home when he tried to score on a sacrifice fly. In the seventh, Farmington had a runner on second with one out, but he was thrown out at home trying to score on a base hit.
"Their pitcher was tough, so we were trying to manufacture something, taking some chances because we wanted to get a run across," Winters said. "We just weren't getting that clutch hit."
Farmington started the tournament's second game well, but things fell apart quickly in a 11-0, five-inning loss to Hutchinson. The game was scoreless through two innings, but Hutchinson scored three runs with two outs in the third, and things went downhill from there.
"You could just see that emotional deflation," Winters said.
It was a disappointing end, but Winters told his players they could still be proud of their season. They went 13-3 in the South Suburban League and played well in several tournaments.
"It was a really good season," Winters said. "It shows we've got something to look forward to."