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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The focus and energy Farmington VFW baseball coach Jared Rowan had been looking for from his players presented itself during a couple of well-played games last week. Unfortunately for Post 7662, the team's adjustments didn't produce better results. Shakopee won a 5-2 pitchers dual Tuesday and Prior Lake rallied for a 6-5 victory Wednesday. "I'm proud of the way we played last week," Rowan said. "We've been stressing that we need to stay focused for every inning of every game and we did that last week. The bats weren't as good as usual, but that happens in baseball.
Farmington's Legion team followed up its biggest win of the season with a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Northfield Tuesday night in Dundas. Post 189, which handed the previously-unbeaten St. Cloud Chutes their first loss of the season Friday night in St. Cloud, made two errors in Tuesday's 4-3 opener before issuing 12 walks in a 12-8 setback in the nightcap. "Everybody had the weekend off to rest and we have a lot of pitchers. For some reason we just could not throw strikes today," said Farmington coach Andy Pierskalla.
There are no official statistics that track the accomplishments of all the players that have ever suited up for the Farmington High School softball team. Nevertheless, it's safe to say very few Tigers have put up career numbers that compare with those of recently-graduated senior Sam Jensen. Jensen finished with a career average of .554, clubbing 174 hits in 314 at bats. She scored 118 runs, drove in 58, stole 29 bases, ripped 46 extra-base hits and had an on-base percentage of .617 while striking out just 13 times.
Before severe thunderstorms moved into the metro area Friday night, Farmington's Legion Post 189 baseball team squeezed in an abbreviated 1-0 victory over Hastings. Post 189 had just two hits in the five-inning contest, but they were enough to produce a run in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Justin Tang got aboard with a single and scored the game's lone run on Danny Tutewohl's one-out double. Justin Lavey got the start on the mound and worked five quick shutout innings to pick up the win. He allowed four Hastings hits, walked one and struck out four.
Just a couple more timely hits could have been the difference between two wins and two losses for Farmington's VFW baseball team last week. As it stands, Post 7662 lost a pair of games, 7-6 and 6-4, while leaving a total of 21 runners on base. The team now finds itself with a record of 2-8 that coach Jared Rowan knows could be a lot better if the team could play more consistently and catch a few breaks here and there." "We've started off games better, but we've got to learn to finish. We need to play a complete game," Rowan said.
Two members of the Farmington track and field team have continued competing since the school season came to an end last month. Sophomore Chad Retterath qualified for the upcoming Region 8 Meet in Indianola, Iowa, with high finishes in both the 1,500-meter run and 400-meter run at the USATF Minnesota Association Championships June 20 in Eagan. Senior teammate Logan Hussung, fresh off a state championship in the discus, made a trip to Iowa last Thursday to compete in the Junior competition at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake University in Des Moines.
Since losing eight straight games to start the season, the Farmington 15AAA baseball team has come on strong. The Tigers have won 11 of their past 18 games and qualified for the MBT State Tournament thanks to their showing at the Eagan Tournament in late June. The team continued to play well over the weekend with four victories by a combined score of 34-4 in the first four games of its own Farmington State Qualifying Tournament. With a depleted pitching staff, the 15AAA boys settled for a 7-1 loss to Chisago Lakes in Sunday's championship game and a second-place finish.
Farmington's Senior Babe Ruth League baseball team doesn't give up easily. The Combines proved that Sunday after they allowed nine Woodbury runs in the first inning of a doubleheader. They crawled back to within a run before losing the opener, 10-8, then came back to split the doubleheader with a 4-3 win in game 2. "I loved the way my guys battled back in this game," Combines coach Shane Ferrozzo said. "After giving up nine runs in the first inning we shut them out the rest of the way, giving up only four runs over the next 13 innings.
A pair of rain-outs have left the Farmington Combines Senior Babe Ruth League baseball team with just three games played three weeks into its summer season. The Combines opened the season with an 8-0 loss to Eastview on June 3, but bounced back with a 15-1 blowout victory over Lakeville South on June 6. Taylor Bednar broke the game open with a three-run home run that made it 6-0 in the fourth inning.
Four strong pitching performances helped the Farmington Legion Post 189 baseball team win its pool and go 2-2 at the Fredrickson Wood Bat Invitational, which was held over the weekend in Elko and Lakeville. The efforts of Justin Lavey and Justin Tang, a pair of All-Missota Conference pitchers for the Tigers this spring, carried Post 189 to back-to-back 4-3 wins over South St. Paul and Anderson, Neb., in the first two games of the tournament.