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VFW baseball: 26 stranded during split

Missed opportunities came back to haunt the Farmington VFW baseball team last Thursday night.

Post 7662 left 12 runners on base and had runners in scoring position in six of seven innings of a 6-4 home loss to Minnetonka 2. The tying run reached second base with nobody out in the seventh, but the next three batters were retired in order to end the game.

"That's been our story, just not being able to get that clutch hit at times and tonight it came back to bite us," Farmington coach Jon Graff said.

Minnetonka scored five runs against Farmington starter Austin Martinsen to take a 5-0 lead, but Post 7662 rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Carter Blomster drove in two of those runs with a hit and Nathan Kraml and Robert Kramer also had RBIs.

Martinsen supplied three of the team's eight hits out of the leadoff spot and Bobby Eckert added a pair of singles.

Josh Snell relieved Martinsen on the mound and allowed one run on three hits over the final 2 2/3 innings.

Farmington missed its share of opportunities to drive in runs a day earlier against Bloomington Blue, but got enough clutch hits to earn a 9-5 win.

Farmington had 12 hits, but stranded 14 runners in six innings.

Kramer was 3 for 5 with two runs scored and Martinsen and Dylan Bergstad each had a pair of hits and two RBI.

It was 9-0 by the time starter Parker Holmstrom surrendered five runs (one earned) in the top of the sixth to tighten the score. He allowed 11 hits, but worked around three errors by fanning five and walking none.

Post 7662 (8-6) is back in action this weekend at the Eagan Tournament.