Northfield runs wild
Northfield's legion baseball team scored too often for the players keeping book on the Farmington bench to accurately keep track Monday night.
Farmington Legion Post 189 coach Andy Pierskalla was sure Northfield scored 11 runs in the first inning and approached 25 runs by the third, and that his own team found a way to scratch across five runs, but no official final tally was recorded for the five-inning contest.
"We just gave up on them," said Pierskalla, whose team slipped to 2-12 on the summer. "They just came out and hit the ball unreal and there was nothing we could do to stop them."
Farmington did manage to get some offense of its own as 11 of the 13 players on the roster collected hits. Lucas Jones was 3 for 3 with two runs scored and Justin Lavey added two hits.
Farmington 9, Red Wing 8
Dan Tutewohl capped a five-run bottom half of the sixth inning with an RBI single that scored Jones as Post 189 walked off with a 9-8 victory over Red Wing in a doubleheader opener last Wednesday in Farmington.
Farmington starter Caleb Schmitt sailed through the first three innings without being scored upon before Red Wing got to him for a single run in the fourth and a five spot in the top half of the fifth. Relief pitcher Kyle Murphy allowed two more runs in the top of the seventh, but earned the win when Post 189 used four hits to push across five runs in the final frame.
Jake Privette started the rally with a single and moved to second when Matt Roiger was hit by a pitch. Pat Roiger followed with a two-run double to make it 8-6 and came around to score when Lavey laced another base hit. Jones then reached on an error to score Lavey, setting the stage for Tutewohl's walk-off.
Red Wing 7, Farmington 4
Red Wing came out swinging in the nightcap, scoring seven runs in the first three innings to forge a doubleheader split with a 7-4 triumph.
Post 189 trailed 7-0 by the time three straight singles by Tutewohl, Schmitt and Gavin Johnson pushed across a run in the bottom of the fourth. Jake Privette followed with a two-run double to make it 7-3.
Privette scored the next run, but it wasn't until the bottom of the sixth inning. He reached on a walk and came around to score on three straight wild pitches.
Murphy stayed on the mound after coming on in relief in the opener. He allowed all seven runs in the first three frames before giving way to the Post 189 bullpen.
Pierskalla's team closes out its regular season with a busy slate of games over the next two weeks. Post 189 hosted Eastview Wednesday night and travels to Woodbury to take on Woodbury White tonight at 6 p.m.
Over the weekend, the team hosts New Prague Friday night and hosts Mahtomedi for a doubleheader on Saturday. Monday's doubleheader at Hastings will cap off a stretch of seven games in six days.