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VFW baseball: Post 7662 finishes fourth at Eagan

Farmington VFW shortstop Nate Graham tries to tag out a Rosemount runner early on in last Thursday's game.

With no season-ending playoff to work toward, the Farmington VFW baseball team's main focus has been getting its act together in time for a good showing at the 24-team Eagan Tournament.

Post 7662 was able to do just that over the weekend as it beat Holy Angels and host Eagan before bowing out to Lakeville South 11-8 in the semifinals. The fourth-place finish was the team's highest tournament showing in the last several years.

"It was a pretty loaded tournament with Shoreview, Eden Prairie, Benilde, both Bloomington teams, Mounds View, Elk River, both Lakeville teams, St. Louis Park, Woodbury and the Lakeville schools," VFW coach Jared Rowan said. "It was the best we've done at any recent tournaments. We played good defense, for the most part, and we had some guys who really hit the ball well."

Farmington opened pool play with a 7-0 shutout victory over Holy Angels. Jonathan Ellis went all seven innings and allowed just four hits and a walk while not allowing a runner past second base. He was staked to a 3-0 lead in the first when Jake Baskerville led off with a double, moved over on an error and scored on a two-run single by Ryan Schoening.

The scoring continued in the fifth when John Stibal blasted his first home run of the summer well over the 330-foot sign in left field.

Farmington was forced to play Holy Angels in another pool play game Saturday morning when its originally-scheduled opponent failed to show up. Holy Angels led 6-0 late in the game, but -- needing to win by eight to earn the run-differential tiebreaker -- forfeited in the final inning to save its pitching.

Holy Angels looked poised to blow the game wide open early, but freshman Spencer Merle came on in relief and worked 4 1/3 shutout innings to preserve the one-run edge for Farmington.

Post 7662's bats reawakened Saturday night in a 17-6 rout of Eagan.

Baskerville was once again the offensive hero as he racked up three hits and five RBI. He cleared the bases with a double during a six-run second, ripped an RBI single in the third and added another RBI single in the fifth.

Ty Vincent also continued his hot hitting with a two-run double during a four-run fifth that ended the game via the 10-run rule. Vincent pitched the first four innings and Baskerville came in to retire the final three batters.

Ellis came back to pitch on one day of rest Sunday against Lakeville South and was touched up for 10 runs (five earned) over five inning as Post 7662 made four errors in an 11-8 semifinal loss. South went on to fall to Eastview in the championship.

Post 7662's only lead was after a three-run first inning.

Lakeville South responded with a run in the second, two in the third and four more in the fifth to chase Ellis.

Vincent and Baskerville each collected three hits in the loss.

Farmington 11,

Belle Plaine 0

Drew Hegseth fired a five-inning no-hitter to lead Post 7662 past Belle Plaine 11-0 last Tuesday in Farmington.

Hegseth struck out four and walked two, but both runners were erased on double play balls.

Nick Newman paced the offense with three hits and two RBI. Stibal and Ellis also had two RBIs apiece.

Rosemount 11,

Farmington 7

Rosemount bolted to an 11-2 lead and Post 7662 couldn't come all the way back in Thursday's road trip to Rosemount.

Vincent had two doubles, a triple and three RBI and Stibal, Schoening and Baskerville each added run-scoring hits.