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VFW baseball: Post 7662 cuts down on miscues

The focus and energy Farmington VFW baseball coach Jared Rowan had been looking for from his players presented itself during a couple of well-played games last week.

Unfortunately for Post 7662, the team's adjustments didn't produce better results. Shakopee won a 5-2 pitchers dual Tuesday and Prior Lake rallied for a 6-5 victory Wednesday.

"I'm proud of the way we played last week," Rowan said. "We've been stressing that we need to stay focused for every inning of every game and we did that last week. The bats weren't as good as usual, but that happens in baseball. We had two errors in two games against two pretty good teams and that's awesome compared to what we have been doing."

Post 7662 trailed 2-0 through four innings Wednesday in Prior Lake, but looked poised to pick up a victory after scoring five runs over the final three innings to take a three-run lead with three outs to go.

Starter Ty Vincent went back out to the mound to start the seventh and was put in a tough spot when Prior Lake's leadoff man reached on Farmington's lone error. A walk put two runners on and a single made the score 5-3 with one out. Prior Lake then tied the game with a two-run double and claimed the walk-off win with a two-out single to center.

Vincent struck out four and walked three over 6 2/3 innings.

"Vincent pitched a great ballgame," Rowan said. "He just got a little tired in the seventh and they just hit the ball hard all inning. There's not much you can do about that."

Farmington hit the ball well in the later stages of the game, scoring at least a run in each of the final three frames. Jake Baskerville singled in a run in the fifth, John Stibal ripped an RBI double in the sixth and Nick Newman hit a two-run single during a three-run fifth.

Post 7662 had just four hits in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to unbeaten Shakopee.

Jonathan Ellis started and allowed five runs (four earned) over seven innings.

Ryan Schoening reached on an error to score both Post 7662 runs.