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Baseball: Errors lead to Wingers' double header sweep

Farmington carried early leads in both games of its doubleheader Friday afternoon in Rochester, but struggles both on the mound and in the field made them disappear in a Missota Conference sweep at the hands of Red Wing.

The Wingers clubbed 14 hits and took advantage of six walks and four errors in winning the opener, 14-6. In Game 2, they had seven hits, drew seven walks and scored a pair of unearned runs on three Farmington errors in a 7-2 victory.

"On the hill we need to continue to find guys who want to take the ball and compete, and hopefully someone who can come in and shut the door on a lead," Farmington coach Mike Winters said. "Defensively, we need to find a way to keep our focus through the long innings, because we will have those in this doubleheader set up."

Because the first three weeks of the season were postponed due to rain and snow, the rest of the Missota Conference baseball schedule will be played as doubleheaders. Winters figures how his team responds to the busy slate will determine its success.

"Our management of our pitchers is going to be key," he said. "And there's a whole other level of focus and energy to stay competitive in a doubleheader system.... We need to get healthy, get set with a rotation and lineup, and continue to compete."

Offensively, the Tigers produced six hits in each game. In Game 2, Bobby Eckert went 2 for 2, Spencer Merle knocked in a pair of runs and Jordan Lugowski tripled and scored a run.

Starter Parker Holmstrom was given an early lead, but walked five and allowed five runs (three earned) before leaving after two innings. Jared Lipinski allowed two runs on six hits over the next 3 1/3 and Kyle Johnson came in to get the final two outs.

The Tigers led 6-2 in Game 1 before the Wingers plated four runs in the sixth and eight in the top of the seventh.

Kevin Olund took the loss in relief, allowing three runs on three hits while recording the final out of the sixth inning. Jordan Beschorner replaced him and gave up six runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks while getting just two outs.

Merle led the offense with a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Eckert, Olund, Kyle Mayer and Johnny Dittman each added a hit and an RBI.

The Tigers (0-3) play at Holy Angels tonight and in the Apple Valley Wood Bat Tournament this weekend before finally playing their home opener next Tuesday against Northfield.