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Baseball: Bats wake up vs. Edina

Even though his team scored a combined five runs in its first three games, all losses, Farmington baseball coach Mike Winters was confident the offense was improving.

The Tigers proved their coach right Monday night, pounding out 10 hits in a 6-4 home win over Edina.

"We have improved hitting the ball every game," Winters said. "This was one of the best games we've played in two years. Everybody was positive and participated in a positive manner. It was a lot of fun."

The Tigers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but the fun really started in the bottom of the sixth. Edina entered the inning clinging to a 4-3 lead, but Matt Rudorfer led off the frame with a single and moved into scoring position when Taylor Bednar drew a walk. Justin Lavey followed with an RBI double to tie the score, then Tyler Landry gave the Tigers the lead for good with a two-run double.

Landry and Rudorfer each collected three hits. Landry singled and scored on Rudorfer's single in the third, the same inning Zach Wallace tagged an RBI single.

Lavey had two hits, including a leadoff single in the first that set up a run-scoring single by Justin Tang.

Lavey worked all seven innings on the mound, allowing four earned runs on nine hits while striking out seven. He was backed by the Tigers' first errorless defensive effort of the season.

Red Wing 7,

Farmington 2

Starting pitcher Cody Carlson allowed five runs (four earned) over the first four innings last Friday at Red Wing and Farmington managed just six hits in a 7-2 loss to the Wingers.

Three of those hits came during a two-run fourth inning where the Tigers closed the gap to 5-2. Lavey and Tang started the inning with back-to-back hits and Brian Newberg followed with a walk to load the bases with one out. Mike Jolliff followed with a single to bring in Lavey and Tang jogged home on a bases-loaded walk to Carlson. The promising rally ended with an out call on a double play that Winters described as "marginal."

Landry came on in relief in the top of the fifth and allowed two runs while striking out three over the final three frames.

Hutchinson 3,

Farmington 2

Two unearned runs in the second inning turned out to be the difference in Hutchinson's 3-2 win last Thursday in Farmington.

Farmington made it 2-1 in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single by Schmeltzer, but the score stayed that way until Hutchinson tacked on another run in the top of the seventh.

The home team closed the gap back to a single run on Tang's seventh-inning sacrifice fly.

Lavey held Hutch to two unearned runs over the first five innings. Bednar allowed one earned run in two innings of relief.