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Baseball: Tiger bats come alive in 9-5 win over Lakeville South

Farmington shortstop Jordan Lugowski uses his glove to flip the ball to second baseman Jake Baskerville during the Tigers' win over Lakeville South Monday afternoon.

The Farmington baseball team got the offensive spark it needed heading into section tournament time.

Coming off a three-game span where they plated four runs, the Tigers scored four in the bottom of the first and kept adding on in a 9-5 win over Lakeville South in their regular season finale Monday afternoon at Tiger Field.

"We did a good job capitalizing on their pitcher's mistakes and made aggressive and smart decisions on the base paths to keep the pressure on their defense, taking the extra base when we could," Farmington coach Mike Winters said. "Situational hitting was also a key factor."

As was patience. The Tigers had just seven hits, but mixed in eight bases on balls, took two hit-by-pitches and struck out just four times. Lakeville South's starter walked five in the bottom of the first, including bases-loaded free passes to Drew Hegseth and Nick Newman. John Stibal added a two-RBI single

An inning later, Spencer Merle led off with a triple and scored on a Ty Vincent double. Vincent later scored on a throwing error to make it 6-2.

Hegseth added an RBI single in the fourth and Lugowski ripped a two-run triple in the fifth to make it 9-2.

Sophomore JD Hinks got his third start since joining the rotation and picked up his second win, holding the Cougars to two runs on eight hits over five innings. He has an ERA of 1.94 in 18 innings and the Tigers are 3-0 in his starts.

Hegseth pitched a scoreless sixth, but allowed three runs in the seventh before Andy Morris came in to get the final out.

Merle paced the Tiger offense with three hits, upping his team-best average to .450.

The Tigers (7-12) wrapped up their Missota Conference season with a 10-0 loss to sixth-ranked Red Wing last Thursday.

Starter Jonathan Ellis lasted just one inning and Morris, Jordan DeCrook and Andy Sharratt all pitched in relief.

The Wingers took a 5-0 lead into the fifth, then scored five more to end the game via the 10-run rule.

Merle, Lugowski and Jake Baskerville each had singles.