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Baseball: Tigers clip Chanhassen

Farmington's Jonathan Ellis fires a pitch during a recent home game. Ellis gave the Tigers two strong outings last week.

A 13-hit attack and a solid outing from starting pitcher Jonathan Ellis helped the Farmington baseball team put an end to its five-game losing skid Monday afternoon.

The Tigers started a busy stretch of four games in five days with a 6-2 victory over Chanhassen.

"It was a big win to start a four-game week," said coach Mike Winters, whose team improved to 2-5.

Jake Baskerville got the Tigers on the board with a single that brought in Ryan Schoening in the bottom of the second. After Chanhassen plated its only two runs against Ellis in the top of the third, Farmington tallied three runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead for good.

Spencer Merle started the rally with a single and scored on a John Stibal double. Drew Hegseth kept the inning going with a single and Nick Newman and Johnny Dittman followed with RBI singles to make it 4-2.

Stibal knocked in another run with a single in the fourth and Jordan Lugowski doubled and scored the game's final run on a sixth-inning single by Ty Vincent.

Ellis worked well with the lead, holding Chanhassen scoreless over the final four innings. He allowed four hits and worked around five walks while striking out three.

Stibal finished with three hits and Baskerville, Vincent and Newman each added two.

The team struggled offensively during its five-game losing streak, scoring just 10 runs. Three of those came in the first inning of a 12-3 home loss to Shakopee Friday afternoon.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Sabers plated five runs in the top of the first and added three more in the third and fourth innings, respectively.

Lugowski drove in the first FHS run with a double and Nate Graham and Vincent followed with RBI singles.

"The five-run first inning really set the tone, especially since they had two outs and nobody on....We fought back in the bottom of the first, but never got anything going after that," Winters said. "They stayed ahead of our hitters and we never strung any hits together."

Merle took the loss, allowing six earned runs over the first 2 1/3 innings. Graham and Hegseth pitched in relief.

Ellis gave the Tigers a solid outing last Tuesday, as well, holding Chaska to two unearned runs in a 2-1 home loss.

The FHS offense produced just three hits and didn't push a run across until Merle's two-out triple in the bottom of the seventh. Merle finished 2 for 3.

"Situational hitting has been our biggest downfall,"?Winters said.

The Tigers played league road games at New Prague and Red Wing this week and don't return home until Northfield comes to town next Thursday.