Legion baseball: Post 189 splits first home games
Farmington's Legion baseball season was nearly over by the time Post 189 got to play at home for the first time Sunday afternoon.
Several cancelled games, rescheduled games and rain-outs led to Farmington playing 15 straight road games to start the summer season. The results were mixed in the team's first attempt at playing host. Post 189 followed a 4-0 win over Faribault in Game 1 with a 5-4 loss in Game 2.
Starter Cody Carlson pitched Post 189 to victory in the opener, allowing Faribault just one hit in a complete-game shutout effort. He walked two, struck out six and didn't allow a hit over the final five innings.
"Once Carlson gets past the first he settles in and is a very solid pitcher," Legion coach Andy Pierskalla said. "He mixed in his excellent curveball and he had it going Sunday. He's a smart pitcher and he used the curve to set up the hitters. He made some of their hitters look silly on the curveball."
Carlson got all the offensive support he needed when Post 189 pushed across four runs in the second. Justin Tang started the frame by reaching on an error, then Zach Wallace reached on another miscue and a Matt Rudorfer walk loaded the bases. Justin Lavey followed with a two-run double and Carlson helped himself with an RBI single. Lavey scored the fourth run on a passed ball.
Lavey singled and scored on a Jolliff single to start Game 2, but Faribault got two back in the bottom of the first against Tang and never trailed in a 5-4 contest.
Tang allowed five runs over 4 2/3 innings. Dan Tutewohl held Faribault in check over the final 1 2/3 innings, but Post 189's seventh-inning rally came up short.
Rudorfer started the seventh with a walk and moved up on a stolen base before scoring on an error. With two outs, Jolliff doubled and scored on a wild pitch to make it a one-run game. Two more runners reached base before Faribault recorded the final out.
Post 189, now 7-10 overall, closes out the season with a home doubleheader Friday against Eastview.
Hastings found some holes in the Farmington defense and posted eight runs in the first four innings of an 8-5 home victory last Tuesday.
Post 189 trailed 4-0 when Tutewohl led off the fourth with a solo home run. Sebren Baer followed by drawing a walk and Wallace cut the lead to two with an RBI double.
It was 8-2 by the time Post 189 pushed across three runs in the sixth. Quinn Eden came through with an RBI double in the frame and Carlson added a two-run double.