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Baseball: 7-4 games go against Tigers

The Farmington baseball team suffered its first two losses of the season by matching scores of 7-4 last week.

The Tigers yielded three runs in the top of the last inning in both games, first in the top of the eighth last Tuesday against Northfield, and then in the top of the seventh Monday afternoon against Chaska. Both games also saw the Tigers score first, fall behind 4-2 and then score two runs to tie the score at 4-4.

Chaska (4-2) touched up starter JD Hinks for four runs on eight hits in three innings, and then took advantage of two walks and two errors to plate three runs in the seventh against reliever Maverick Carlson.

“We let three or four guys we walk end up scoring and we had a couple miscues on defense, which allowed three unearned runs in the seventh,” Farmington coach Jon Graff said. “However, even with some of those things, we had our chances.”

Johnny Dittman, Bobby Eckert and Landon Nielsen each provided two of Farmington’s nine hits. Nielsen and Parker Holmstrom doubled and scored in the second and Austin Martinsen ripped an RBI double of his own in the fifth. Jordan DeCroock followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-4.

Last week against Northfield, the Tigers surrendered three walks and committed an error during the decisive three-run top of the eighth.

Hinks started and left with a no decision after holding the Raiders to four runs on six hits in six innings. Martinsen pitched the next 1 1/3 innings before Kyle Johnson came in to record the final two outs.

The Tigers had just seven hits, but stranded 12 runners on base. DeCroock had a single, a triple and scored a run and Holmstrom singled and scored twice.

“We just didn’t come through with that big hit and seemed to wait to get things going until there were two outs,” Graff said. “We faced the toughest pitcher we’ve seen this year and battled and gave ourselves chances, so that was promising.”

The Tigers (3-2) hosted Shakopee Wednesday and are back on the road at Red Wing tomorrow.