VFW baseball: Streaking into sub-sections
Playing every single day suited the Farmington VFW baseball team just fine last week.
The final win of the regular season was Farmington’s most lopsided one, a 17-5 blowout of Eagan 2 Sunday in the Eagan tournament. The consolation championship game scheduled for later in the day was cancelled due to rain, as was Monday’s regular season finale against Benilde.
“Everyone played well all weekend,” Farmington coach Jon Graff said. “It’s too bad the consolation championship had to be cancelled as we still had a few arms to throw and had been playing well.”
In the finale against Eagan 2, Post 7662 took control early with seven runs in the first inning and nine more in the second. Eleven players accounted for the team’s 17 hits.
Dylan Bergstad finished 3 for 3 with a double, three runs scored and three RBI. Sam Needham was 3 for 4 with two runs scored, Christian Groves singled, doubled and scored three times and Cole Farthing drove in four runs.
Nick Bauer pitched all five innings and allowed five runs (four earned) while striking out five.
After opening the tournament Friday with a 6-4 loss to Prior Lake, Farmington stayed alive with a rain-shortened 4-2 win over Lakeville South on Saturday. Bergstad went all five innings and picked up the win, holding Lakeville to one earned run while striking out six.
Post 7662 took the lead with three runs in the top of the fifth. Groves started the inning with a walk, then an error and a walk to Justin King loaded the bases with no outs. Hayden Kendall followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1 and Farthing hit a ball to first base that resulted in an error and brought in two more runs.
Max Barthel led off the game with a single and Farmington’s only other hit was an RBI double by Bergstad in the third.
Post 7662 geared up for the Eagan tournament by knocking off Bloomington Blue 7-6 last Thursday at Dred Scott.
The game was tied 6-6 with two outs in the seventh when Needham, Farthing and Victor Gliva strung together three straight singles to produce the winning run.
Farthing finished the game 3 for 4 and Kendall, Needham and Bergstad each added two hits.
Luke Johnston pitched the last three innings and held Bloomington to one run to pick up the win. Jay Burditt pitched the middle innings in relief and allowed two unearned runs over four frames.
“This is the type of game you loving playing in, a close game that goes back and forth with a lot of close calls,” Graff said. “Even though none of them went our way, we stayed in the moment, kept our wits and focused on what we could control. That's all we can do.”
A day earlier, Post 7662 traveled to Minneapolis Southwest and used a 10-run top of the fourth to pull away for a 13-2 victory.
Will Rostow started the rally with a one-out single and the next seven batters reached base and came around to score. Groves cleared the bases with a three-run double and Needham and Jacob Laube each followed with RBI doubles.
Barthel went 3 for 4, scored twice and drove in a pair and Johnston ripped two hits and drove in three runs. Groves was 2 for 2 with four RBI.
Farthing pitched all five innings and allowed two unearned runs on nine hits.
Post 7662 opened the busy week with a 5-0 shutout of Richfield. Bergstad went six innings and held Richfield to two hits while fanning seven. Barthel followed with a scoreless seventh.
Bergstad also supplied three of the team’s 10 hits and drove in two runs. Barthel and Grove each added two hits.