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Legion baseball: Doubleheader dooms playoff hopes

Dan Tutewohl fields a bunt during a loss to Eastview.

At the conclusion of the legion baseball summer season, the top 12 teams in the 32-team district vote on the next best eight teams that will join them in the playoffs.

Farmington's Post 189 Legion baseball team entered the final day of the season with a shot at sneaking into the field, but a pair of 10-run-rule losses to a tough Eastview team left them on the outside of the playoff picture with a record of 8-12.

"This group was honestly a good group. They were competitive and they had fun. We were just on the cusp of making (the playoffs)," Farmington coach Andy Pierskalla said. "We were three wins better this year and I think we even underachieved a little bit. I thought we were capable of some good things this summer, but we played a pretty hard schedule of teams. I think I'm pretty content with where we ended up."

Farmington picked up its eighth and final win of the season last Thursday when it pushed across five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 14-11 victory over New Prague.

New Prague got to starter Justin Tang early, scoring four runs in the first and six more in the fourth to take a commanding 11-4 lead.

Post 189 responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to close the gap to two runs, then Tang settled in and held New Prague scoreless on one hit over the final three innings.

"Going in we knew we were on the cusp of making the playoffs, so we wanted to save our pitching for the doubleheader against Eastview. But Tang was really doing his job," Pierskalla said. "They hit him pretty well, but he hung in there. He didn't give up and we ended up winning."

The score was still 11-9 when Cody Carlson led off the sixth by drawing a walk. Zach Wallace followed with an RBI single, then a Matt Rudorfer base hit tied the game at 11-11. Post 189 took its first lead on an RBI single by Jake Baskerville, then Taylor Wood and Steven Barber followed with run-scoring hits to pad the advantage.

The offense got started in the first when Wood walked, Barber singled and Tang helped himself with a two-run single.

In the third, Barber started a rally with a single and Lavey and Tang followed with base hits to set up Quinn Eden's sacrifice fly.

Farmington's four-run fifth inning featured another Wood walk, two-run doubles by Lavey and Wallace and another Eden sacrifice fly.