08 May 2012

Baseball: Dr. Jekyll- Mr. Hyde start for Tigers

Nathan Graham 3-3, 2R vs. Chaska (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The same Farmington team was in uniform for Missota Conference games Monday and Tuesday but according to Tiger coach Mike Winters that might be hard to prove it.

Northfield beat the Tigers 6-2 Monday evening in Dundas before the locals bounced back to post a 7-4 road win over Chaska on Tuesday.

"Fundamentally we played two different games," Winters said. "Against Northfield we piled mental errors on physical errors and gave up six runs on just five hits and we had five walks...At Chaska we gave up two runs, had one error and only gave up two walks.

"The game is pretty simple. Throw strikes, make the plays you should make and you should be competitive."

The Tigers actually outhit Northfield 6-5 but couldn't manage to score until a too-little, too-late rally in the seventh inning.

Jake Baskserville walked to start the inning and moved to third on Jordan Lugowski's double. Spencer Merle plated both runners with a double.

Jordan Lugowksi 2-4, R vs. Northfield
 Lugowski had two of the Tiger hits with Merle, Ty Vincent, Drew Hegseth and Ryan Schoening each collecting one.

Jonathan Ellis pitched the first four-plus innings for Farmington and was tagged with the loss. Ellis gave up  four runs on five hits and struck out five. Jared Lipinski hurled the final 2.3 innings and surrendered two runs on two hits.

Three costly errors hurt the Farmington cause; two of the Northfield runs were unearned.

The Tigers broke a 1-1 tie with Chaska with a two-run outburst in the third on RBI hits by Vincent and John Stibal and then added two more in the fourth on Baskerville's two-run single.

The winners added a a pair of insurance scores in the sixth on run-scoring extra-base hits by Baskerville and Merle.

Nathan Graham had a perfect 3-3 night at the plate with two runs scored as the Tigers pounded 14 hits, including two apiece by Baskerville, Merle and Vincent. Baskerville knocked in three runs and Vincent chased home two.

Jonathan Hinks drew his first start and posted up the win, going five innings while allowing all four runs. Drew Hegseth picked up the save with two innings of scoreless relief..

The Tigers conclude their busy three-game week on Thursday with a home contest with New Prague.