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Legion baseball: Errors costly for depleted Post 189

A depleted Legion baseball team lost last week.

Playing with its full roster, Farmington's Legion baseball team lost to South St. Paul 7-2 last Wednesday.

With five starters missing from the lineup attending the University of South Dakota football camp, Post 189 was predictably worse off in Monday's rematch. The team committed seven errors that led to eight unearned runs in a 14-4 five-inning loss at South St. Paul.

"We drew positions out of a hat. I was hoping that would have some positive effect," Legion coach Andy Pierskalla said. "We needed a change of pace, but it didn't really work out too well."

South St. Paul surged ahead with six runs against starter Zach Wallace in the bottom of the first. Justin Tang helped Post 189 creep within 7-4 with an RBI triple, but South St. Paul answered with two more runs to chase Wallace after four innings.

Matt Rudorfer came on in relief in the fifth and gave up five more runs (two earned) to end the game via the 10-run rule.

Farmington managed just three hits over the first five innings of last Wednesday's home loss.

It was 7-0 by the time Nate Graham ripped a two-out single and scored on Ty Vincent's triple in the bottom of the sixth. John Stibal added an RBI double to score Vincent.

Jonathan Ellis started and allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings. Wallace came on in relief to get the final four outs.

"We only had three walks and one error," Pierskalla said. "They just hit the ball where we weren't with hit-and-runs and some Texas Leaguers. Sometimes those hurt worse than solid hits."

Post 189, now 6-12 overall, closes out the regular season with a home game against Northfield tonight and a road game at Woodbury next Wednesday.

"We're shooting to ruin Northfield's playoff hopes. That's our team goal," Pierskalla said. "We're going to do our part to play spoiler against our biggest rival."