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Post 189 piles up hits in first week

Farmington Legion Post 189 pitcher Jared Lipinski throws a strike during a recent home game. Lipinski got the save in a 7-6 win over Northfield.

The Farmington Legion Post 189 baseball team came out swinging to start the season.

Post 189 ripped a combined 25 hits in its first two games, defeating St. Paul Park 8-4 in its opener and following that up with a 7-6 win over Northfield. The team followed that up with just three hits in last week’s 11-0 loss to Waconia, but coach Jared Rowan was still pleased with what he’s seen at the plate so far this season.

“I was really surprised. They haven’t played in a while and we’ve only had one practice, and we’re still missing quite a few guys from school ball, and we’ve still hit the ball well and scored a lot of runs,” Rowan said. “It’s pretty encouraging.”

Rowan was also pleased with how spread out the offense has been. Post 189 scored in all but one inning in its season opener against St. Paul Park, and Nick Schoening, Johnny Dittman, Jordan Beschorner and Landon Nielsen each had two hits. Against Northfield, the team scored in each of the first five innings and Schoening, Ryan Giebel, Bobby Eckert and Jordan DeCroock all had multiple hits.

JD Hinks got the win in the opener, holding St. Paul Park to four unearned runs and striking out six in a complete-game effort. Starter Beschorner benefitted from an errorless defensive effort behind him against Northfield and went five-plus to get the win. Northfield rallied with four runs in the sixth to move within a run, but reliever Jared Lipinksi got out of a bases-loaded jam thanks to a diving catch by Giebel, and worked a scoreless seventh to pick up the save.

Post 189 once again makes the trip north this weekend to compete in the Grand Rapids tournament. They will square off against Centennial, Grand Rapids, Hill-Murray and Edina.

“It’s definitely going to be a good test for us. It’s going to be the best teams we’ve seen all year and they’re going to challenge us,” Rowan said. “We’ll get a good idea of where we’re at as a team.”