06 May 2014

Baseball: Shorthanded Tigers fall at New Prague

Ryan Giebel, 6 hits in the last 3 games
The shorthanded Tigers allowed four unearned runs in the first inning and that proved more than enough for lead-leaguing New Prague in a 10-3 Missota Conference loss Monday in New Prague.

"We had four guys out at the start taking an Advanced Placement test," Tiger coach Jon Graff said, "but we didn't back down. We hit the ball well against one of the best pitchers in the conference."

Four Tiger pitchers--Johnny Dittman, Kyle Johnson, JD Hinks and Landon Neilsen--surrendered 14 hits to the Trojans who extended their conference lead with the win.

Farmington scored a pair of runs in the third inning on singles by Parker Holmstrom and Bobby Eckert, a double by Austin Martinsen and a sacrifice fly by Dittman.

A double by Nick Schoening and singles by Dittman and Ryan Geibel produced the third run in the top of the fourth inning.

Holmstrom and Geibel continued to swing the hot bats for the Tigers. Holmstrom stroked three singles in four trips to the plate while Geibel went 2-3.

"Those guys have really been getting it done for us at the plate," Graff said.

The loss dropped the Tigers' season record to 6-4, 2-4 in Missota Conference play.

Farmington continues its brutal 10 games-in-10 school days schedule Tuesday with a conference road game at Northfield.