21 May 2014

Baseball: Tigers win season finale 3-2

Winning pitcher JD Hinks (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak and built a little momentum toward Thursday's Section 1AAA tournament opener with a 3-2 Missota Conference win over Holy Angels Tuesday afternoon at Donaldson Park in Richfield.

Farmington (11-8) used three pitchers and all were effective, allowing a total of just two hits and no earned runs. The victory raised the Tigers' final conference record to six wins and eight losses.

"The story of the game was pitching and capitalizing on the other team's mistakes for both teams," Farmington coach John Graff said.

"Each team had it's fair share of miscues. Besides a couple errors, we also missed a couple of signs and got caught stealing. Those things happen, but we've got to do a better job of limiting those mistakes so they don't hurt us in the sections."

The winners scored all three runs in the top of the third inning on two Stars errors, a fielder's choice ground ball and RBI doubles by Johnny Dittman and Jordan DeCroock.

Jordan DeCroock 2-4, RBI (photo by J. Lindquist)
Holy Angels helped the Farmington cause all afternoon, finishing the game with six fielding errors.

The Tigers finished the contest with just five hits, the two doubles and singles by Parker Holmstrom, Landon Neilsen and DeCroock.

JD Hicks worked the first three innings to pick up the pitching win, allowing one unearned run and striking out two.

Maverick Carlson hurled three innings of hitless relief and Austin Martinsen struck out two out of the four batters he faced in the seventh to record the save.

"...I'm proud of these guys," Graff said. "They've done a lot of things right and we finished with our best record since 2006. 

"As we head into sections it's the same thing I said at the beginning of the year.  We've got the pitching to do well.  But it's going to come down to making the plays behind them and getting more production at the plate."

The Tigers open section play at home on Thursday against an opponent to be determined by a seeding process. Pairings will be announced later today (Wednesday).