Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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Farmington managed just one baserunner on Monday against Lakeville North -- and he was picked off. It was that kind of night for the Senior Babe Ruth baseball team, which was no-hit in a 10-0, five-inning loss in Lakeville. The pitching and defense also faltered as starter Matt Molitor gave up seven runs (three earned) over the first 1 2/3 innings.
The weekend rain came at just the wrong time for the Farmington VFW Post 7662 baseball team. Post 7662 bounced a talented Eau Claire team 11-4 in the opening round of the Burnsville Tournament, then spent Saturday and Sunday waiting to resume play in a tournament that was eventually rained out. "The guys were kind of bummed out they didn't get to keep playing," VFW coach Chris Dittman said. "We came out and played well against a good Eau Claire team." Post 7662 trailed 3-0 early against Eau Claire, but took control with four runs in the third inning and five more in the fifth.
Some timely hitting gave Post 189 the lead, then some clutch pitching preserved a win and forged a doubleheader split with Red Wing Friday night. Post 189, after getting drubbed 12-1 in five innings in Game 1, got run-scoring hits in four innings to take a 7-4 lead into the seventh inning of the nightcap. Starting pitcher Justin Tang took the mound to start the seventh and gave up a hit-by-pitch and back-to-back run-scoring hits that made it a one-run game with nobody out.
Seventeen runners from Farmington completed Saturday's Grandma's Marathon from Two Harbors to Duluth. The top local finisher was Scott Briske, who completed the 26.2-mile race in 3 hours, 15 minutes, 5 seconds, to place 492nd out of 6,333 runners. The second Farmington finisher was Leah Theorin, who finished 1,189th in 3:35.36. She placed 249th out of 2,678 female competitors. The oldest Farmington finishers were Ed and Cathy Lauer, each 59 years old.
Nearly 400 runners competed in the 32nd-annual Dew Run, part of the Dew Days festivites held Saturday morning in downtown Farmington. Jeremy Serreyn of Lakeville was the winner of the four-mile race, running a time of 22 minutes, 52 seconds, to best 273 competitors in the feature race. Runner-up honors went to Kyle Serreyn of Lakeville, who finished in 23:19, and Andrew Pratt of St. Louis Park, who was third in 23:53. The top local finisher was Jeffery Gutierrez, who placed 12th overall in 26:25.
After being shut out in its first two games of the season, the Farmington Senior Babe Ruth League baseball team got in the win column with a 6-5 home victory over Lakeville North last Tuesday. Tyler Knutson paced the offense with two hits and two runs scored.
Last year, Chris Dittman coached the Farmington 15AAA baseball team that started the season with nine straight losses before closing the season around the .500 mark. Dittman is coaching the same group of players this summer with the VFW Post 7662 team, which fell to 0-4 with a 16-12 loss at Prior Lake last Thursday. "Some of these kids didn't play school ball, some played varsity, some played JV and some played sophomore ball (in the spring), so we're still getting everybody back together," Dittman said.
Farmington picked the perfect time to run its best three races of the season. Following Nadia Lorencz's second-place finish in the long jump on Friday, the Tigers ran season-best times in all three of their races on Saturday to secure the school's best team finish -- a fourth-place total of 34 points -- at the Class 2A State Meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. "It was really exciting to see them compete at such a high level," Farmington coach Tom Hart said.
Sam Hanson's top two goals were accomplished before he even arrived at the Class 2A State Meet. The senior had already set a new school record during the regular season with a high jump of 6 feet, 7 inches, and qualified for state. Once at Hamline University Saturday morning, however, Hanson focused his attention in on a new goal: clearing the bar at 6-4, which he figured would put him in the running for a top-eight finish and a spot on the podium. And he got oh, so close.
Farmington picked the perfect time to run its best three races of the season. Following Nadia Lorencz's second-place finish in the long jump on Friday, the Tigers ran season-best times in all three of their races on Saturday to secure the school's best-ever team finish - a fourth-place total of 34 points - at the Class 2A State Meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Lorencz, a sophomore, bounced back from the narrow defeat in the long jump to place second in the 100 hurdle finals.