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Legion baseball: Errors costly for Post 189

Defense was a strength for the Farmington Legion baseball team during the summer season.

That changed in the district tournament. Post 189 committed 10 errors in back-to-back tourney losses that closed out a 6-14 campaign.

"It was really bad. Our bread and butter was winning low-scoring games. We had three errors against St. Paul Park in our first tournament game, so we had 13 in three playoff games," Farmington coach Jared Rowan said. "I don't know what happened this weekend. We booted the ball around on routine plays. It was disappointing to go out like that."

Eighth-seeded Farmington also struggled at the plate in their second-round matchup against top-seeded Burnsville. They managed just four hits in a 5-0 loss last Thursday at Alimagnet Park.

"It wasn't one of their top two pitchers, but the kid threw well and obviously they're a one seed so they had a lot of depth. We had a couple chances, but couldn't get anybody past second base," Rowan said.

Parker Holmstrom started on the mound and allowed five runs (four earned) over the first four-plus innings. Burnsville pushed a 3-0 lead to 5-0 with a pair seventh-inning runs that chased Holmstrom. Jordan Beschorner came in and struck out four over the final two innings.

Farmington had fifth-seed Lakeville South on the ropes on Friday, but South walked of with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth to advance, 11-10.

Holmstrom and Bobby Eckert each had two hits and helped Post 189 to its highest run total of the summer. JD Hinks' RBI double gave the team the lead in the top of the ninth.

Starter Austin Martinsen allowed six runs (two earned) in five innings. Jared Lipinski allowed two runs in three innings and Beschorner gave up three in the ninth.