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Legion baseball: Northfield sweeps Post 189

Farmington second baseman Jake Baskerville reaches to snag a throw to second as a Northfield runner slides in safely during a 15-5 contest last Wednesday at Tiger Field.

The Farmington Legion Post 189 baseball team was flying high after Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Faribault.

Coming off a second-place finish at the Grand Rapids Tournament, Post 189 got a complete-game effort from pitcher Drew Hegseth as it improved to 7-4 on the season.

Then the combination of 90-degree temperatures and Northfield's hot bats joined forces in bringing the team back down to earth. A couple of Farmington players battled heat exhaustion in a 15-5 home loss to Northfield last Wednesday. Things played out in a similar fashion when the two teams took the field less than 24 hours later in Dundas as Northfield rolled to an 11-1 victory.

Both games were called after six innings due to the 10-run rule.

"That's our biggest rival. The kids know it, so it hurts worse than losing to anybody. Getting 10-runned by them twice in two days is especially demoralizing," Farmington coach Andy Pierskalla said. "It's tough to keep a high level of intensity when it's so hot and I think we kind of had a hangover coming off a good tournament. We just have to get a little mentally tougher."

Post 189 doesn't play again until next Tuesday when it travels to New Prague for a doubleheader. The following weekend the team will play at least five games at the Gopher Classic, one of the largest tournaments in the nation.

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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