Pitching carries Farmington VFW
A couple of strong outings from starting pitchers Parker Holmstrom and Maverick Carlson helped the Farmington VFW baseball team improve to 11-3-1 in league play with back-to-back victories to close out last week.
After playing to a 7-7 tie with Chaska last Tuesday, Post 7662 got back in the win column Wednesday thanks in large part to Holmstrom, who limited Providence Academy - which was coached by former Twins pitcher Kevin Tapani - to one unearned while striking out seven in the first five innings of a 3-1 win.
"It was your classic pitchers dual," Farmington coach Jon Graff said. "Holmstrom dominated with his fastball, rarely needing his curve."
A day later, Carlson took his turn on the hill at Donaldson Park in Richfield and held Holy Angels to two earned runs on five hits in a complete-game 8-3 victory.
Carlson needed just 78 pitches to go the distance.
"He was in total control. We did play short-handed, so we shuffled the players around a bit and they did a great job of fielding their positions and supporting Mav," Graff said.
Post 7662 also supported Carlson at the plate, pounding out 14 hits. Holmstrom led the way with three hits and Robert Kramer and Bobby Eckert each added two hits and two RBI. Carter Blomster slugged a pair of doubles and Christian Groves added a pair of singles.
Farmington had just five hits against Providence Academy, but strung three of them together with an error during a two-run first inning that proved to be enough. The big hit of the frame was an RBI double off the right-field wall by Nathan Kraml. Dylan Bergstad added two hits and an RBI and Carlson drove in the third run.
Reliever Austin Martinsen picked up the save, holding Providence Academy scoreless while striking out five and walking three over the final two innings.
Post 7662 faces Chaska in sub-section play today in Shakopee.