29 May 2012

Baseball: Over and out

John Stibal doubled for the only Tiger hit
The Memorial Day bus ride to Rochester lasted about as long as the game as the ninth-seeded Tigers bowed out of the Section 1AAA tournament with a 10-0 loss to fourth-seeded Rochester Mayo Monday afternoon.

The Spartans jumped to a 2-0 lead with a  two-run homer off Tiger starter J.D. Hinks in the bottom of the first inning and went on to rough up Hinks and reliever Drew Hegseth for 13 hits.

The Tiger managed just one hit and four base runners in the contest halted in the bottom of the fifth by the 10-run rule.

John Stibal collected the only Farmington hit, a double. Hegseth, Nick Newman and Jordan Lugowski each reached via walks. No Tiger runner reached third base.

"They hit, we didn't...they made the plays, we didn't," coach Mike Winters said. "Not taking anything away from them. They were by far the best hitting team we've faced.

"The attitude and approach to the game was good; sometimes things just don't click. The seven- day layoff (between games) didn't help."

The post-season loss closed the books on the 2012 season for the Tigers who finished 7-13 overall and 4-10 in the Missota Conference where they tied for seventh place in the final standings.