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Farmington VFW baseball player Jared Lipinski makes contact during last Thursday's game against Richfield.

Farmington VFW team bashes Eau Claire, 11-4

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The weekend rain came at just the wrong time for the Farmington VFW Post 7662 baseball team.

Post 7662 bounced a talented Eau Claire team 11-4 in the opening round of the Burnsville Tournament, then spent Saturday and Sunday waiting to resume play in a tournament that was eventually rained out.

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"The guys were kind of bummed out they didn't get to keep playing," VFW coach Chris Dittman said. "We came out and played well against a good Eau Claire team."

Post 7662 trailed 3-0 early against Eau Claire, but took control with four runs in the third inning and five more in the fifth. Kevin Olund started the scoring with a two-run double, then Zach Huber tied the game with an RBI single. Isaac Toenjes added an RBI single as Post 7662 batted around and took a 4-3 lead.

Ten more batters were sent to the the plate in the fifth and five recorded hits. Athen Ashton and Jared Lipinski started the frame with singles and Toenjes, Turner Olson and Kyle Mayer followed with RBI hits.

Mayer, Ashton, Lipinski and Toenjes each collected two of the team's 13 hits.

"Their coach told me before the game that they won their conference in school ball with a record of 25-2," Dittman said. "They played good defense, but their pitching was average and that's where we got to them."

Mayer picked up the win on the mound, holding Eau Claire to three runs over four innings after walking two and hitting a batter in the first. Huber allowed one run over the next two innings and Michael Letourneau worked out of a bases loaded jam in a scoreless seventh.

Post 7662 14,

Richfield 3

Farmington picked up its first win of the season Thursday when it pounded out 16 hits in a 14-3 rout of Richfield.

Johnny Dittman, Olund and Mayer each supplied three hits in a game that was called after 4 1/2 innings due to the 10-run rule.

Mayer pitched the first two innings and Huber, Lugowski and Olson each tossed an inning of relief.

Post 7662 hosted Rosemount on Tuesday and is back at home tonight at 6 p.m. against Prior Lake.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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