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VFW baseball: Missed opportunities

Just a couple more timely hits could have been the difference between two wins and two losses for Farmington's VFW baseball team last week.

As it stands, Post 7662 lost a pair of games, 7-6 and 6-4, while leaving a total of 21 runners on base. The team now finds itself with a record of 2-8 that coach Jared Rowan knows could be a lot better if the team could play more consistently and catch a few breaks here and there."

"We've started off games better, but we've got to learn to finish. We need to play a complete game," Rowan said. "There's no way either of those teams (Bloomington Blue and Bloomington Gold) are better than us. Part of it is the mental toughness we talked about last week. We need to bury these teams."

Post 7662 scored two runs each in the first, second and fourth innings to take a 6-4 lead midway through Tuesday's loss at Bloomington Blue.

Jake Baskerville led off the game with a single and scored the first run on Ty Vincent's RBI double. John Stibal followed with a single to make it 2-0.

Stibal came through with another RBI single in the third to score Nate Graham, who led off with a walk. Drew Hegseth added a base hit to make it 4-0.

Baskerville and Vincent led off the fourth with back-to-back singles and Stibal and Ryan Schoening hit a pair of sacrifice flies to make it 6-3.

Bloomington Blue cut the gap to 6-4 in the bottom of the inning, then tied it at 6-6 with two runs in the fifth. The winning run scored on a play at the plate in the bottom of the seventh when a Bloomington runner charged home on a ground ball to the left side.

Jonathan Ellis pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs (four earned) while striking out three.

Post 7662 once again jumped out to an early 3-0 lead Wednesday against Bloomington Gold in Farmington.

Baskerville led off with a walk and Vincent drove him in with a triple. Graham followed with an RBI single and Hegseth ripped another single to make it 3-0.

Bloomington Gold scored a run in the third, then exploded for five more in the top of the fifth to take a 6-3 lead.

Farmington got one back in the sixth when Graham tripled and scored on an error.

Hegseth pitched all seven innings, allowing six runs (five earned) while striking out nine.

Post 7662 plays again tonight when it travels west to take on Prior Lake.