Farmington Legion baseball goes 2-2 but unable to reach state tournament
The Farmington American Legion baseball team got off to a promising start at the sub-state five playoff bracket that determines who goes to the state tournament. They beat Lakeville North 5-4 and St. Paul Park 7-3 to start 2-0, but then lost their next two games to eventual champion Burnsville (8-2) and Woodbury (12-0).
St. Paul Park
The Tigers' game against St. Paul Park was back and forth until they blew it open at the end. St. Paul Park struck first by scoring two runs in the top of the fourth, which Farmington answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth.
Trevor Brettin led off the inning with a walk but was out at second after Mikey Frederickson grounded into a double play. With two outs, Aydan Lewis singled and then Zach Jakubowsky walked. Brady Bean reached on an error that scored Lewis and Jakubowsky to tie the game.
St. Paul Park added another run in the top of the sixth to take a 3-2 lead. Farmington matched that by scoring one run in the bottom of the seventh. Jakubowsky doubled to lead off the inning and scored to tie the game once again.
With the back-and-forth nature of the game it seemed inevitable that it would go into extra innings. However, the Tigers were able to blow the game open in the bottom of the eighth and score four runs. Brettin led the rally off with a walk and advanced to third on a double by Frederickson. The St. Paul Park pitcher then walked to score Brettin and advance Frederickson to third, who would then score on an RBI single by Lewis. Bean added another RBI single and then scored when Devin Peterson reached on an error. Farmington went on to win 7-3.
Bean pitched eight innings and earned the win. He gave up three runs (one earned) on 11 hits and a walk with four strikeouts. He was relieved by Tyler Mahowald in the ninth. Lewis, Bean and Peterson all had two hits. Brettin walked three times, while Lewis, Bean and Hunter Conrad all had RBIs.
After the St. Paul Park win, the Tigers ran into two very good teams who ended up meeting in the championship, Burnsville and Woodbury, with Burnsville advancing to the state tournament.