15 April 2014

Baseball: Unbeaten Tigers win third straight

Jordan DeCroock 4-4, 5 RBI (photo by J. Lindquist)
The weather outside was more suited to ice fishing than baseball but it didn't stop the unbeaten Tigers from rolling to their third straight win of the young season Monday afternoon, this one a 15-5 rout of Faribault at blustery Tiger Field.

Farmington led 8-5 after five innings before sending everyone home with a seven-run sixth. The game was mercifully halted at that point by the 10-run rule.

"Offensively, we put together so many quality at bats," Tiger coach Jon Graff said, "and our pitchers were really dealing again.  Both of them kept Faribault's hitters off balance most of the game."

The winners broke to a 6-0 lead after two innings but the Falcons battled back to make it a one-run contest with three scores in the third and two more in the fourth. Solo runs in the fourth and fifth extended the Tiger lead back to three runs to set up the climactic sixth inning.

Johnny Dittman walked, Austin Martinsen singled and Bobby Eckert reached on an error to start the inning and Jordan DeCroock cleared the bases with a double. Later in the inning hits by Nick Schoening, Parker Holmstrom and Dittman and another Falcon error sealed the deal.

DeCroock had a career day at the plate, rapping three singles and a double in four plate appearances and knocking in five runs. Martinsen went 3-4 and scored three times. Holmstrom had multiple hits for the third straight game with a 2-4 day. Dittman and Bobby Eckert each scored twice.

Holmstrom started on the hill and picked up the pitching victory, working six innings, striking out seven and walking two. Martinsen needed just nine pitches to retire the side in a scoreless inning of relief.

"I know Parker wanted to head back out in the sixth," Graff said," but he was at 89 pitches, so we went to Austin who came in really pounded the zone."

The Tigers will look to make it four in a row Tuesday when they entertain Northfield in a Missota Conference game at Tiger Field.