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Baseball: Tigers still battling inconsistency

Jake Baskerville swings at a high fastball during last Thursday's loss to New Prague. The Tigers have a record of 5-11 heading into the final week of the season.

Drew Hegseth walked just two batters when Farmington shut out New Prague on the road, 8-0, just over three weeks ago.

The Tigers ended up on the other side of a shutout in Thursday night's rematch as the offense fell silent and the pitching staff yielded seven free passes and two hit-by-pitches in a 6-0 loss to the Trojans at Tiger Field.

Starter Ty Vincent walked three batters and hit another as New Prague plated three runs in the top of the first. The visitors scored two more on two hits and a walk in the second before Spencer Merle came on in relief of Vincent and tossed four shutout innings. Andy Sharratt threw the seventh and allowed one run.

The Tigers managed just three hits, two singles from Hegseth and one from Merle.

Two days earlier, the team broke out of an offensive funk with 14 hits in a 7-4 road win at Chaska.

"Fundementally we played two very different games this week," Farmington coach Mike Winters said. "The game is simple: throw strikes, make the plays you should make and you'll be competitive."

Jake Baskerville started the game with a walk and quickly scored on a Vincent single to make it 1-0.

It was 1-1 when Jordan Lugowski led off the third with a base hit. Vincent followed with another RBI hit and a John Stibal single pushed the Tiger lead to 3-1.

Baskerville added a two-run single in the fourth and an RBI double in the sixth before Merle's triple provided an insurance run.

Hegseth came in for starter Jon Hinks and worked two scoreless innings to pick up the save. Hinks allowed four runs (three earned) while striking out a pair in five innings.

Every starter had a hit for the visitors, led by Nathan Graham's 3-for-3 day. Merle, Vincent and Baskerville each added two knocks.

The Tigers now have a 5-11 record heading into the final three games of the regular season. They close out Missota Conference play with a trip to Chanhassen Tuesday and a home game against eighth-ranked Red Wing this afternoon before hosting Lakeville South in their regular season finale Monday.