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Legion baseball: Doubled up in Dundas

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Farmington's Legion team followed up its biggest win of the season with a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Northfield Tuesday night in Dundas.

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Post 189, which handed the previously-unbeaten St. Cloud Chutes their first loss of the season Friday night in St. Cloud, made two errors in Tuesday's 4-3 opener before issuing 12 walks in a 12-8 setback in the nightcap.

"Everybody had the weekend off to rest and we have a lot of pitchers. For some reason we just could not throw strikes today," said Farmington coach Andy Pierskalla. "The kids aren't throwing every day at practice like in spring ball, and it catches up to you some days. It did today, that's for sure."

Justin Tang started Tuesday's opener with four innings of walk-free ball, but was touched up for three runs on eight hits by a Northfield offense that has had Farmington's number in recent summers.

Post 189 came back to tie the score in the fourth when Tang singled, Sebren Baer worked a walk and Quinn Eden supplied a two-run single. The hit was set up by a sacrifice bunt by Cody Carlson.

Northfield was held in check by Mike Jolliff in the fifth and sixth, but strung two hits together in the seventh to win in walk-off fashion.

Steven Barber and Jolliff each supplied two of Farmington's nine hits.

Northfield's offense -- aided by the 12 free passes -- continued to produce in Game 2.

It was 9-1 by the time Post 189's offense got going with a four-run bottom half of the fourth. The frame was highlighted by a three-run double by Barber.

Northfield pulled back in front by seven runs with three in the sixth, then Farmington made one final comeback effort, plating three in the seventh. The final two runs came across on Eden's two-run single.

Jolliff finished with three of the team's seven hits.

Despite missing veterans Jolliff, Dan Tutewohl and Justin Lavey, Post 189 was able to turn in one of its biggest wins in the last several seasons last Friday at Faber Field in St. Cloud.

After watching the St. Cloud Chutes improve to 17-0 with an 11-6 win in the first game of the doubleheader, Post 189 responded with seven runs in the first two innings of the second game and breezed to a 9-3 win.

The win was especially memorable for Pierskalla, who taught at St. Cloud Cathedral last school year and helped coach the baseball team this spring.

"I told the guys it was a good team we were facing and they weren't scared by a good team. We went in and took care of business," Pierskalla said. "The guys went in hungry to win."

Wallace pitched the first five innings and picked up the win. He, along with VFW call-up Jake Baskerville, Barber and Baer, also provided an RBI in the first two innings when Post 189 was building its 7-0 lead.

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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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