21 April 2014

Baseball: Three-run seventh carries Chaska

Parker Holmstrom extended his hitting streak to 5 games with a double (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Chaska scored three unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning to hand the Tigers a 7-4 Missota Conference loss Monday afternoon at Tiger Field.

The defeat was the second straight for Farmington (3-2) who fell to Northfield by an identical score last week.

"We played right with Chaska the whole night, but it was the little things that did us in," Tiger coach Jon Graff said. "We let three of the four guys we walk score and we had some fielding miscues in the last inning that led to three unearned runs.

"We had our chances and even after giving up three, the kids really came in with a positive frame of mind; nobody was giving up. We had good chatter and weren't hanging our heads. It didn't end up getting us the win, but if we keep up that attitude and effort it'll pay off in the future."

Farmington took an early 2-0 lead in the second on back-to-back doubles by Landon Neilsen and Parker Holmstrom and a single by Johnny Dittman.

The Hawks took the lead with a three-run outburst against Tiger starter JD Hinks in the third inning and added another score in the fourth for a 4-2 lead.

Singles by Dittman and Bobby Eckert, a run-scoring double by Austin Martinsen and a sacrifice fly by Jordan DeCroock knotted the score in the home half of the fifth.

Chaska scored the game-winning runs in the seventh on two walks, a hit and a Farmington error.

Hinks threw the first three innings for the Tigers with Maverick Carlson hurling the final four without allowing an earned run.

Graff said Carlson did a solid job in his varsity debut.

"He really did a good job of mixing his fastball and curve and throwing both for strikes," he said.

Dittman, Eckert and Neilsen each had a pair of hits to lead the Farmington's nine-hit attack. Holmstrom extended his hitting streak to five games with his RBI double. Dittman, Martinsen and DeCroock drove in the other Farmington runs.

The Tigers return to Missota Conference play Wednesday when they entertain Shakopee at Tiger Field.