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VFW shakes off the rust in Bloomington

Farmington's VFW Post 7662 baseball team had both of its practices rained out during the week-and-a-half off between when the high school season ended and the summer season began.

That down time resulted in some rust. Post 7662 opened the summer season at home last Tuesday with a four-error defensive effort and just six hits in an 8-0 loss to Bloomington Blue.

The team was quick to bounce back, however, and a nine-hit offensive attack that featured more quality at bats allowed Post 7662 to overcome three more errors in a 9-7 victory over Bloomington Gold Wednesday in Bloomington.

"We hit the ball a lot better, put together better at bats and made the pitcher work a little bit. We drew six or seven walks, took advantage of a couple errors and came up with the big hits we didn't get in the first game," Post 7662 coach Jared Rowan said. "One thing we still definitely need to work on is our defense. I think that will come with being able to practice a little bit more and them getting back into the swing of things. With no practice we kind of threw them out into the fire with the two games last week."

Post 7662 did all of its scoring in the first four innings of Wednesday's win. Nick Newman made it 1-0 with an RBI single in the first, then Ryan Shoening brought him in with a fielder's choice.

Two more runs came across in the second on RBI doubles by Jack Buss and Nathan Graham.

A two-run third featured a single by John Stibal and run-scoring hits by Drew Hegseth and Andy Sharrat. Hegseth added a sacrifice fly in the fourth, an inning that was highlighted by Shoening's two-run double.

Buss and Stibal each had two of the team's hits.

Starting pitcher Ty Vincent worked out of one tough inning to pick up the win. He allowed two runs during a second inning where he allowed three walks, but recovered with back-to-back scoreless innings. He gave way to Buss, who allowed two runs (one earned) over the final two innings.

Tuesday's opener remained a scoreless tie until the fourth inning. That's when Bloomington Blue got its offense going and eventually rolled to an 8-0 win.

Jonathan Ellis started for Post 7662 and allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out five over five-plus innings. Andy Morris allowed three unearned runs over the final two frames.

Buss, Graham, Newman, Shoening, Hegseth and Jacob Baskerville each had one hit for Farmington.

Post 7662 is back at home tonight against Prior Lake. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.