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VFW baseball: Close calls at Edina
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There were a lot of tense moments for the Farmington VFW baseball team during last weekend's Edina Tournament.

Farmington played in four games, and the first three were all decided by a single run. The VFW won two of those games to make it to Sunday's consolation championship, but Eagan 2 used a five-run fourth to turn another close game into a 7-2 final.


"It was a great tournament. There were lots of good teams and the kids worked hard to make it to Sunday," Farmington coach Jon Graff said. "They battled the whole way and I'm proud of that."

Post 7662 opened the tournament with a 5-4 loss to Lakeville South on Friday night. South trailed 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3, but rallied for one run in the bottom of the sixth and one more in the seventh to advance in the winners bracket.

Parker Holmstrom started for Farmington and allowed five runs (three earned) while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings.

Carter Blomster, Robert Kramer and Dylan Bergstad each had two hits. Kramer, Maverick Carlson and Nathan Kraml drove in runs.

Post 7662 bounced back by scoring single run in five of six innings in a 5-4 win over a Benilde team it lost to earlier this season.

Austin Martinsen struck out eight and allowed three runs over the first six-plus innings before Bergstad came in to get the save.

Bobby Eckert led Farmington at the plate with three hits, including a triple, and two RBI. Martinsen and Blomster each added a pair of hits at the top of the order and Kramer and Kraml each drove in runs.

"We did a good job of getting guys on, moving them around and getting them in," Graff said.

Post 7662 returned to action later in the day against Woodbury and got just enough offense to hang on for another one-run victory.

The team plated six runs in the first two innings before holding on for a 6-5 win.

Eckert once again had three hits, including a double, and two runs scored and Blomster turned in his third straight two-hit effort. Bergstad added a hit and a pair of RBI.

Bergstad also closed the door on the mound, holding Woodbury to one run over the final three innings to pick up his second straight save. Maverick Carlson started and allowed four runs on just one hit and five walks over four innings.

Kramer started on the mound against Eagan 2 and got touched up for seven runs on 10 hits in the 7-2 setback.

Kramer led Past 7662 at the plate with three hits. Eckert added two hits and Holmstrom had an RBI triple.

Post 7662 plays its final home game of the season next Wednesday, July 17, at 6 p.m. The sub-district tournament begins two days later.

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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