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Farmington VFW baseball team wins four of its first five games

Farmington’s Austin Martinsen throws a pitch during last Thursday’s 5-3 win over Chanhassen.

The Farmington VFW Post 7662 baseball team allowed just three runs while winning three games in three days last week.

Coming off back-to-back shutout road wins over Bloomington Gold and Eden Prairie, Farmington scored five runs in the first three innings and held on for a 5-3 home win over Chanhassen on Thursday. Post 7662 committed a couple of errors and surrendered four walks, but still improved its record to 4-1 on the season.

“Even though we didn’t play our cleanest game, it was nice to come away with the win,” coach Jon Graff said. “We missed a couple signs again, and made a couple of baserunning errors, but when you win three games in three days, you know you’re doing some things right as well.”

Austin Martinsen did some things right both on the mound at the plate. He went 3 for 4 with a triple and three RBI and picked up the win, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing two earned runs.

Dylan Bergstad got the final five outs without yielding a hit to pick up the save. The two biggest outs came when he preserved the lead by working out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning.

Bobby Eckert contributed two of the team’s 10 hits, including a double, and Jake Laube and Nathan Kraml each drove in runs.

A day earlier, Post 7662 rode a near-perfect mound effort from Maverick Carlson to a 6-0 win over Eden Prairie.

Carlson went all seven innings and allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out five batters.

“He seemed to get stronger as the night went along, with his curve being very effective. He helped himself out as well, fielding four or five ground balls and getting a first-pitch strike 81 percent of the time,” Graff said. “Then the defense did its job, highlighted by a diving grab by Bergstad in center field. That really got the kids going.”

Carter Blomster led Post 7662 with a pair of hits out of the leadoff spot. Eckert drove in a pair of runs and Bergstad, Laube and Parker Holmstrom added RBIs.

Post 7662 started its winning streak with an 8-0 shutout last Tuesday at Bloomington Gold.

Holmstrom limited Bloomington to two hits while striking out eight over the first five innings, and Bergstad followed with two innings of scoreless relief to preserve the shutout.

“(Holmstrom) established his fastball early, which was jumping, and then worked in his off-speed as the game went,” Graff said. “The defense played errorless ball once again, including a nice 3-6 double play which we don’t see very often.”

Farmington led just 1-0 before pulling away with two runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth. Martinsen supplied a double, a triple and an RBI and Holmstrom and Robert Kramer added two hits apiece.

Post 7662 (4-1) hosted St. Croix Lutheran Wednesday and is back in action tonight at New Prague.