14 May 2014

Baseball: Hawks handle Tigers 9-1

Jordan DeCroock 2-3, 2B, R (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The Farmington bats that produced 22 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Chanhassen last Saturday rapped nine more hits at Chaska on Monday but managed just one run in a 9-1 Missota Conference loss to the Hawks.

"This game was one where things just seemed to be a bit off," Tiger coach Jon Graff said. "We had a couple of base running mistakes, a rundown miscue, had trouble getting the ball back to the infield- just some random things that we weren't able to overcome. 

"We gave ourselves chances, getting guys on every inning- but we couldn't string enough together the way we have been doing."

The loss halted Farmington's four-game winning streak and left the Tigers with an overall mark of 10-5, including a 5-5 record in Missota Conference play.

The Hawks broke to a lead with a run in the first but the visitors responded with the tying score in the second on Jordan DeCroock's double and run-scoring single by Nick Schoening.

Chaska led 4-1 before plating five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull away.

DeCroock, Johnny Dittman and Ryan Giebel each had a pair of hits for the Tigers who finished with nine safeties.

JD Hinks pitched the first four innings for Farmington and was tagged with the loss, giving up the first two Chaska runs, one earned, on five hits. Parker Holmstrom allowed five runs on 10 hits over the final two frames.

The Tigers are back on the field Wednesday for a home game with Shakopee. Thursday the same two teams are scheduled for a rematch at Shakopee.

"We'll have to regroup and get back after it," Graff said. "We've got the pitching and hitting to be able to compete with anyone and I expect we'll bounce back nicely."