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Baseball: Tigers blanked in section opener

Four times during the regular season the Farmington baseball team lost games where its pitching and defense held an opponent to four or fewer runs.

It happened again in the opening round of the Section 1AAA tournament. The 12th-seeded Tigers traveled to Rochester John Marshall last Thursday and couldn't string together enough hits in a season-ending 2-0 loss to the fifth-seeded Rockets.

The Tigers finished .500 in the Missota Conference for the first time in seven years, but were 0-4 outside of the league and finished the season with three straight losses where they totaled four runs.

"We just couldn't get anything going." Farmington coach Mike Winters said. "Both teams had five hits, they just had two drives over our heads, which proved to be the difference."

One of those drives scored the Rockets' first run in the bottom of the third against Farmington starter Jordan Beschorner. It stayed 1-0 until the sixth when the Tigers' lone error led to an unearned insurance run that doubled the home team's lead.

Beschorner walked two and struck out one over six innings.

"Beschorner pitched well and gave us legitimate chance to win. That's all you can hope for," Winters said.

Spencer Merle doubled for the Tigers. Nick Schoening, Bobby Eckert, Zach Speikers and Jordan Decroock each added singles.

The Tigers finished with a record of 7-11. Snow cover that lasted into early May forced them to play 14 of those games as part of doubleheaders, and play 17 of their 18 games in a span of 28 days.

"Mother Nature messed with us this spring, but our kids' work ethic, attitude, effort and personality were phenomenal. It was definitely one of my most enjoyable seasons."