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Baseball: Late double plays thwart Farmington's rallies against Stars

Four Farmington errors led to two unearned runs and double plays killed rallies in the sixth and seventh innings as the Tigers dropped a 5-4 contest to Missota Conference rival Holy Angels Monday night at Feely Fields.

"This is the type of game we needed to win, we just didn't execute defensively," veteran Farmington coach Mike Winters said. "We were in positions to make plays and didn't follow through. We need to clean that up.... Our pitching and hitting were fine."

The Stars extended their lead to 5-1 with three runs against Farmington starter Jonathan Ellis in the top of the sixth. The home team got one back in the bottom of the frame when Nathan Graham, John Stibal and Drew Hegseth strung three singles together, but that rally was wiped out by the first Stars twin killing.

After relief pitcher Andy Morris struck out the side in the top of the seventh, Spencer Merle started the bottom of the inning with a base hit. He scored on a base hit by Baskerville, who later scored on an error to make it a one-run game.

"I did like that our kids never quit," said Winters, whose team outhit Holy Angels, 9-6.

The Tigers got two hits apiece from Merle, Hegseth and Vincent, who tripled and scored on a Hegseth single to open the scoring in the second.

Shakopee 5, Farmington 0

The Tigers squandered their best opportunity to score in the top of the first and never could push a run cross in their first conference game of the year last Thursday in Shakopee.

The visitors failed to score after loading the bases with no outs in the top of the first, then managed just four baserunners the rest of the way in a 5-0 loss to the Sabers.

Merle, Stibal, Baskerville and Johnny Dittman each accounted for one of the team's four hits.

Hegseth got the start and exited after 3 1/3 innings. Merle recorded five outs before the Tigers turned to Vincent in the sixth.

Farmington 5, Hastings 4

The Tigers opened the 2012 season in dramatic fashion, winning on a walk-off hit last Wednesday night at the Metrodome.

Graham drew a walk, stole second base and scored the game-winner on a two-out base hit by Hegseth to give the Tigers a 5-4 victory over Hastings.

Hastings led 4-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth when Ryan Schoening singled and scored on an RBI triple by Jordan Lugowski. Merle followed with a base hit to tie the score.

Merle also picked up the win on the mound, pitching a scoreless top of the seventh. Ellis started and allowed one run over three innings before Graham gave up three runs over the next three frames.

Stibal paced the FHS offense with three hits. Schoening, Hegseth and Merle each had a pair of hits.

The Tigers (1-2) are back in action tonight at Northfield.