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Baseball: Larson outduels Tang as Lakers top Tigers

Farmington pitcher Justin Tang fires a pitch during Monday's 6-4 loss to Prior Lake. Tang allowed four earned runs over seven innings for his third complete game of the season.

It was a matchup of contrasting pitching styles Monday afternoon in Farmington.

Both senior starting pitchers -- Farmington's Justin Tang and Prior Lake's T.J. Larson -- entered among the Missota Conference's leaders in wins and ERA. Tang had used his control and ability to change speeds to compile a 3-0 record, a save and a 1.82 ERA so far this season, but it was Larson, a power pitcher, who used seven strikeouts to hold Farmington to one unearned run over six innings and pick up his sixth win in Prior Lake's 6-4 victory.

The Tigers, who managed just four hits over the first six innings against Larson, wasted no time turning things around once he was removed from the game. Cody Carlson led off the seventh with a hit-by-pitch, then walks to Sebren Baer and Zach Wallace loaded the bases. Justin Lavey then brought in two runs with a double -- his third hit of the game -- cutting the home team's deficit to 6-3. Steven Barber followed with an RBI groundout, but the Tigers couldn't complete the comeback attempt.

Tang went all seven innings for the third time this season, allowing four earned runs on nine hits while striking out five and walking one. He also singled and scored Farmington's first run on a Carlson double in the fifth.

Larson (6-1) struck out seven, giving him 55 punch-outs in 43 innings this season.

The Tigers play their third conference game of the week tonight when they host New Prague at 4:30 p.m. They traveled to take on Holy Angels Tuesday and Northfield Wednesday. Results will appear in next week's edition of the Independent.