17 May 2014

Baseball: End of a long week

Parker Holmstrom leads the team in hitting with a .410 average (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The Tigers roared into the week on a four-game winning streak but left it in a four-game losing skid after Friday's 9-0 Missota Conference loss to league champion New Prague at Tiger Field.

"I think the weekend and the prom coming up will give the kids a good escape from baseball," Farmington coach Jon Graff said. "We've packed a lot of games into a short time, including having baseball the last three Saturdays, and that can kind of be draining. 

"So I think this will be a good break where we can re-energize, regroup and get ready for a couple of games before sections start. Hopefully these two days will give us a chance to get healthy; we are really banged up right now."

The loss left the Tigers with a season record of 10-8 (5-8 in the Missota Conference) heading into the final two games of the regular season, Monday at Lakeville South and Tuesday at Holy Angels.

New Prague scored its first two runs in the second inning, added two more scores in the third and then padded their lead with five runs in its final two at-bats.

The Tigers managed just four singles in the contest, one each by Jordan DeCroock, Landon Neilsen, Ryan Giebel and Robert Kramer.

"We continue to struggle a little from the plate," Graff said. "But, at least we didn't bring our struggles there to our other parts of the game...I thought we had good hustle, backed up the plays well and really seemed to be in it- even when we got so far behind."

One bright spot in the loss was the pitching of Dylan Bergstad who completed five innings in his first varsity start, giving up four runs while striking our four and walking two.

"Dylan really showed some composure," Graff said. "He struggled a little early on with his curve, but after settling in, it really had some good break to it which made his fastball even more effective."

Jordan Beschorner gave up four runs on five hits in the sixth inning. Neilsen pitched the seventh and surrendered a hit and a run.