VFW baseball: Post 7662 starts season 0-4Last year, Chris Dittman coached the Farmington 15AAA baseball team that started the season with nine straight losses before closing the season around the .500 mark.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
Last year, Chris Dittman coached the Farmington 15AAA baseball team that started the season with nine straight losses before closing the season around the .500 mark.
Dittman is coaching the same group of players this summer with the VFW Post 7662 team, which fell to 0-4 with a 16-12 loss at Prior Lake last Thursday.
“Some of these kids didn’t play school ball, some played varsity, some played JV and some played sophomore ball (in the spring), so we’re still getting everybody back together,” Dittman said. “Last year this same group beat the state champions in pool play, so we know there’s tons of ability. We can play with anybody on our best night.”
Thursday’s loss got off to a promising start when Spencer Merle ripped a two-run home run in the top of the first. However, Prior Lake responded with seven in the bottom of the first and four more in the second to go up, 11-2.
Starter Jared Lipinski retired just one of the first six batters before being struck in the knee by a line drive. Jordan Lugowski and Kevin Olund each went 2 2/3 before Merle came in to get the final out of the sixth.
Lugowski and Olund each had three hits and Johnny Dittman, Kyle Mayer, Kaid Nokes and Zach Huber each added two apiece in the slugfest.
Post 7662 once again hurt itself defensively, committing three errors. The team now has 16 in four games.
Five errors led to four unearned runs in Wednesday’s 8-4 loss at New Prague.
Huber got the start and held New Prague to four runs over the first four innings before allowing four unearned runs in the sixth.
Lipinski, Huber and Lugowski each had RBI hits.
Post 7662 opened its season with a doubleheader loss at Minnetonka June 5.
Minnetonka plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally for a 9-7 win in the opener. Dittman and Athen Ashton each had two-run singles in the loss.
In Game 2, Post 7662 took an early lead on a two-run double by Merle before falling, 7-3.
Mayer went all six innings on the mound in the loss.