The Farmington bats fell silent over the weekend at the Sub-Section 1AAA baseball tournament at John Marshall High School in Rochester.
The Tigers scored just two runs in two games, leaving themselves on the short end of games against Big Nine Conference opponents Austin and Rochester John Marshall. Saturday afternoon's 10-1 setback to the Rockets left coach Mike Winters' team with a final record of 7-15 on the spring. Assistant coach Jon Graff said the final record was disappointing, but that the team came away from the season with a lot of positives.
"Goals are not always based so much on wins, but more on doing things we need to do to give ourselves a chance to win like have lower ERAs, throw more first-pitch strikes or have less than two errors per game," Graff said. "I think we did a pretty good job fulfilling a lot of those things."
The Tigers ended up 4-5 at home, 3-11 on the road and didn't lose a game by the 10-run rule all season. Three of their losses came by one run.
Austin left-hander Mark Harber was staked to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and held the ninth-seeded Tigers to a run on six hits while striking out three over seven innings in Saturday's section opener.
Farmington briefly tied the score at 1-1 in the fifth inning when a single by Justin Lavey scored Eric Estes. Estes finished with two of the team's six hits and held the eighth-seeded Packers (8-13) to just four hits in six innings of mound work.
"Estes pitched great," Graff said. "We had an error that let them score that first run and our defense made most of the plays, we just didn't make that one and it allowed them to go ahead early."
The Packers broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth inning when Andrew Orcutt's two-out single scored Nate Wagner with the go-ahead run.
Trevor Davis, Caleb Schmitt and Danny Tutewohl each added single hits for Farmington.
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Top-seeded John Marshall (19-1) defended its home turf with a 10-1 victory in the second game of the day.
Davis got the start and held the powerful Rockets lineup in check over the first two innings before being touched up for three runs in the third. Jake Sand took over on the mound to start the fourth and allowed seven runs on seven hits and a pair of home runs over the next three-plus innings as the Rockets built a 10-0 advantage. Curry Levenhagen came in to get the final two outs of the sixth, then mopped up with a scoreless seventh.
Farmington got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Lavey started the frame with a single and scored on a single by Schmitt. Schmitt accounted for two of the Tigers' eight hits and Luke Jones, Davis, Tyler Stephens, Jared Rowan and Tutewohl each added one.
The loss ended the careers of 14 seniors who saw the majority of the team's varsity playing time this year, including all-conference players Caleb Schmitt and Trevor Davis and pitching leader Eric Estes.
"A lot of seniors filled in and stepped up when called upon," Graff said. "I think the guys did a good job of accepting their roles and doing the best they could."