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Baseball: Holmstrom blanks Wingers

Parker Holmstrom’s masterpiece carried the Farmington baseball team to a doubleheader split Friday at Red Wing City Athletic Field.

After the Tigers dropped the opener 4-1, Holmstrom took the hill in Game 2 and held the Wingers to four singles while striking out 13, including eight in a row at one point and a record four in one inning, in a 2-0 shutout. Of Red Wing’s four hits, three were infield singles in the seventh inning.

“Game 2 was fun to be a part of. Parker Holmstrom had probably one of the best outings I've seen in 17 years here at Farmington. He was truly dominating,” Farmington coach Jon Graff said. “He didn't lose any velocity or control and seemed to pick his spots mixing in his off-speed with a fastball that was really humming tonight.”

Holmstrom got all the run support he would need when he singled, stole second and scored on Jordan Beschorner’s second-inning single. An inning later, Johnny Dittman singled, stole second, moved to third on a grounder and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jordan DeCroock.

“Offensively, we did just enough. Both runs were really team efforts with good quality at bats,” Graff said. “This is exactly what we talk about offensively — having quality at bats that advance runners and give us a shot to score. Without those productive outs advancing the runners to third, we may not score either of those.”

Landon Nielsen supplied two of the Tigers’ five hits in Game 2. The team had just three hits in Game 1 and flew out 14 times.

“We really struggled at the plate in game one, trying to do too much and over swinging at times,” Graff said. “This was something we really stressed in practice the other day- staying on top of the ball and driving it, but we were just a bit off in this game.”

Beschorner started on the mound and kept the score close, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. Maverick Carlson followed with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out three of the four batters he faced.

Nick Schoening plated Austin Martinsen with the Tigers’ lone run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

The Tigers (4-3) will try to resume their Missota Conference schedule with games against New Prague, Chanhassen and Holy Angels this week. Weather permitting, they take on the Stars this afternoon in Richfield.