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Farmington VFW baseball: Post 7662 splits home games

Farmington’s Max Barthel is caught in a run down and tagged out at the plate during last Wednesday’s game.

Six New Prague walks and four errors helped the Farmington VFW baseball team earn a 6-2 victory and salvage a split of back-to-back home games last week.

Post 7662 (2-1) scored three runs in the bottom of the second and led the rest of the way. Starting pitcher Nick Bauer allowed just one run while working around four hits and four walks over the first 4 1/3 innings, and relievers Jacob Dentinger and Justin King each recorded four outs without surrendering a run to preserve the lead.

“The highlight was our pitching. Obviously, giving up one run is great, but we did a better job of limiting our walks and attacking the strike zone,” Farmington coach Jon Graff said. “We also did a good job defensively, highlighted by a couple of nice diving plays.”

The pitching and defense allowed Farmington to win despite managing just four hits. Leadoff hitter Max Barthel was 1 for 4 with a double and three RBI and Coleman Farthing had a hit, scored a run and drove in a run.

A day earlier, Post 7662 pitchers surrendered seven walks and gave up eight hits in a 6-2 loss to Minnetonka 2.

Starter Luke Johnson allowed three runs while walking four over the first two innings. Dentinger then gave up four hits and three walks over the next 1 2/3 as Minnetonka 2 went up 5-1.

“We actually gave up three runs on one hit and six walks in the first three innings,” Graff said. “That’s something that will just kill teams.... It just kind of drains the team.”

Justin King and Farthing combined to hold the visitors to one run over the final 3 1/3 innings.

Barthel led Farmington with two hits. Bauer and Johnson each had a hit and an RBI and Dylan Bergstad singled and scored.

Post 7662 is back in action this weekend at the Burnsville Tournament at Alimagnet Park.