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Baseball: No. 10 Lightning bolt past Tigers

Tenth-ranked Eastview entered Monday’s South Suburban Conference game at Farmington sitting in first place, and the Lightning stayed there by taking out the Tigers, 14-1 in six innings.

“Eastview is probably the most well-rounded team we’ve played,” Farmington coach Jon Graff said. “They’ve got tremendous hitting, pitching and they play good, solid defense. They’re at the top of the conference for a reason.”

The visitors took control when they sent 13 batters to the plate and scored eight runs in the top of the second. They tacked on two in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth against four Tiger pitchers. Starter Justin King lasted just an inning-plus and allowed nine hits.

The Tigers managed just two hits of their own. Landon Lancaster singled in the fourth, moved into scoring position on a base hit by Sam Wilson and scored on a wild pitch.

It was the second straight tough game at the plate for the Tigers. After scoring 24 runs in two games against Rosemount and Lakeville South, they were held to one hit — a Dylan Bergstad double — in Friday’s 7-2 loss to Eagan.

The Wildcats broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the top of the fourth. Starter Mitch Fox gave up all six runs before giving way to reliever Zach Jakubowsky for the final three innings.

The Tigers (2-9) scored both of their runs after drawing leadoff walks.

“It didn’t start well and it didn’t end well,” Graff said. “We’re making too many mistakes that we talk about all the time and many of them are mental mistakes. We need to do a better job of controlling what we can control and let the rest of the things go. Baseball is a game of failure and it tests you mentally.”

The Tigers began a five-game road trip Wednesday at Shakopee. They’re at Burnsville this afternoon and have conference games coming up next week at Lakeville North, Prior Lake and Rosemount.