Farmington's Drew Conrad beats out a throw to first base in the top of the third inning against Prior Lake Wednesday evening. The Tigers defeated the Lakers 7-1 at Memorial Park in Prior Lake. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Farmington coach Jon Graff can only play nine players at a time. Ten if he utilizes a designated hitter.
Those are the same rules all baseball skippers must abide by, of course. The thing is, they don’t face the same happy dilemma Graff does.
The Tigers are coming off the school’s first state championship in any sport when they outlasted Park of Cottage Grove in last spring's title game. They return a bevy of production from that squad, which features a dozen players planning to play college ball next season.
Actually, make that a baker’s dozen.
“We just added the 13th (college commit) not too long ago,” Graff said. “Thirteen of 16 seniors and there might even be a 14th still. We’re not sure, he’s still looking.”
While Farmington got out of the gates with two losses in its first four games, it’s tidied up some sloppy defense and found its stride at the plate to win two in a row, including a 7-1 victory over Prior Lake on Wednesday.
Farmington pitcher Hunter Frost allowed one run on three hits over five innings against Prior Lake Wednesday evening. Frost also struck out four batters in the Tigers’ 7-1 victory over the Lakers. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Defending Class 4A state champion Farmington is back to its winning ways.
The Tigers (4-2) picked up their second victory in a row in a 7-1 final score Wednesday night at Prior Lake (2-2).
Connor Weed’s two-run, two-out triple gave Farmington the lead in a three-run third inning for the Tigers.
Insurance came in the fifth inning when Matt Hinnenkamp’s home run plated three with two outs on an 0-2 count. He led at the plate going 3-for-4 with four runs batted in and was a triple shy of the cycle.
The Lakers were led by Brady Baur who reached base twice and gave them a 1-0 lead on a RBI single in the second inning. Michael Gabbard went 3-for-3 and walked.
Hunter Frost earned the win on the mound. In five innings he allowed one earned run with four strikeouts and four walks on three hits.
Ryan Wattermann took the loss. He allowed three runs, all earned, on four hits to go with seven strikeouts and two walks in four innings.
Prior Lake's Cole Clausen throws to first base for an early inning out against Farmington Wednesday evening. The Lakers fell to the Tigers 7-1 at Memorial Park in Prior Lake. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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