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VFW baseball: Post 7662 shines at Eagan

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The Farmington VFW Post 7662 baseball team won three out of four games to capture fifth place over the weekend at the 16-team Eagan Tournament.

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Farmington opened with a cleanly-played 2-1 win over Edina in its tournament opener Friday afternoon, but fell to the consolation bracket after an 11-1 rout at the hands of Stillwater Saturday morning. The team bounced back with an 8-1 win over New Prague Saturday afternoon, then overcame a 7-1 deficit to defeat Minnetonka 10-9 in the fifth-place game Sunday morning.

"This is our best tournament of the year in terms of the quality of the competition," coach Chris Dittman said. "Going 3-1 at this tournament was a major accomplishment. It was the best one of our VFW teams has done here in a few years."

Pitching carried Farmington in the opener as Kevin Olund held Edina to one run over five innings and Spencer Merle came in to get out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth and pick up the save.

Merle followed that up with a complete-game effort in Saturday's win over New Prague. Zach Huber broke open that contest with a two-run double in the fifth inning.

Post 7662 got to walk off with fifth-place honors on Sunday.

After a bases-loaded walk to Kaid Nokes tied the game, Johnny Dittman rolled a single up the middle to give Farmington the 10-9 victory over a Minnetonka team that had handed them two of their six losses this season.

Post 7662, now 11-6 overall and 7-5 in league play, hosted Bloomington on Wednesday and will be back home tonight for its regular season finale against Prior Lake. The sub-district tournament gets underway July 21 in South St. Paul.

Farmington 13,

Benilde 11

Ten Benilde errors helped Farmington plate at least two runs in each of the first six innings in an eventual 13-11 home triumph Monday night.

Short on pitching after the weekend tournament, coach Dittman turned to a couple of position players to get through the game. Michael Letourneau threw the first two innings, then Isaac Toenjes worked the next four-plus to get the ball to Jordan Lugowski for the two-out save.

Lugowski, back from a 10-day vacation, paced Farmington's offense with four hits.

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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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