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Farmington VFW first baseman Landon Nielson snags a throw to retire a Burnsville runner during Monday's 11-0 loss at Alimagnet Park.

VFW baseball: Post 7662 snags No. 2 seed

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VFW baseball: Post 7662 snags No. 2 seed
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The Farmington VFW baseball team wrapped up its regular season schedule by coming out on both sides of a pair of lopsided games in the last week.


Post 7662 batted around three times and pounded out 15 hits in a 17-2 rout of Holy Angels last Tuesday in Richfield. After a five-day layoff, the team returned to action for its regular season finale Monday and got dealt an 10-0 loss by Burnsville at Alimagnet Park.

"We did a good job of throwing strikes, putting the ball in play and making the routine plays against Holy Angels. It was a very clean game on our part," Farmington coach Mike Winters said. "It was the exact opposite at Burnsville. It was a warm-up for Thursday's sub-district, but I was hoping for a better performance. In the kids' defense, we had a different pitcher every inning as well as kids playing out of position."

Farmington got the first two hits of the game, but ended up leaving five runners on base in the first two innings. Post 7662 finished with seven hits and stranded seven runners in scoring position.

Burnsville got on the board with two runs against starter Austin Martinsen in the bottom of the second, and then plated one more in the third and four in the fourth. Three runs in the sixth ended the game by the 10-run rule.

It was Farmington ending the game by the 10-run rule last Tuesday against Holy Angels.

The offense plated seven runs in the first, five in the third and five more in the fifth for a 17-2 victory.

Tyler VanWinkle had two hits and scored three runs and Martinsen, Parker Holmstrom and Buck Lester each contributed two hits and two runs scored. JD Hinks was also 2 for 2.

Zack Speikers started on the mound and got the win, holding Holy Angels to two runs while fanning three in five innings. Speikers, also the team's regular shortstop, will miss the remainder of the season with a fracture in his foot.

Post 7662 starts sub-district play this afternoon with a game against Eagan in Hastings. Farmington earned the No. 2 seed based on its regular season record of 16-7-1. Host Hastings earned the No. 1 seed, followed by Farmington, Rosemount, South St. Paul, Eagan and Inver Grove Heights.

"We'll be ready to go Thursday," Winters said.

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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