Baseball: Wingers respond with big fifth inning against FarmingtonA two-out two-RBI single by senior Karsten Lampman in the bottom of the second inning helped jumpstart Red Wing’s offense Wednesday in a 12-5 victory against Farmington at the Red Wing Athletic Field.
By: Chris Harrell, The Republican Eagle
A two-out two-RBI single by senior Karsten Lampman in the bottom of the second inning helped jumpstart Red Wing’s offense Wednesday in a 12-5 victory against Farmington at the Red Wing Athletic Field.
The Wingers (7-0, 6-0 Missota) gave up four runs in the first inning but responded with three runs in the second and eight runs in the fifth inning to run away with another win.
“We needed a game like this to have to work hard at it,” Red Wing head coach Jim Bohmbach said. “It forced us to do things we haven’t all year.”
Junior Ryan Boldt did something few have in the fifth inning, coming to bat twice, hammering an RBI triple in the first at-bat and lacing a two-out 3-RBI double the second time around to put the Wingers up 12-5. He finished 2-for-3 with four RBI, a walk and a stolen base.
“I think this is pretty natural,” Bohmbach said of Boldt. “I think you’ll see this all season. He’s not going to miss many pitches.”
Farmington (3-6, 3-5 Missota) jumped on Red Wing starting pitcher Joel Newman to the tune of four hits and four runs in the first inning and put some pressure on the Wingers for the first time this season. Wednesday’s game was the first time a team scored more than three runs against Red Wing.
Despite the rough start, Newman, a senior, settled in and got the win while giving up four earned runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out three.
In the second inning, senior Mike Stegora led off with a single but was forced out at second on a fielder’s choice by senior Jack Strusz after Newman flew out to right field for the first out of the inning. With two outs, Red Wing got bases loaded with walks to Dayton Johnson and Preston Blaney.
Up stepped nine-hitter and senior second baseman Karsten Lampman. He fell behind 0-2 in the count but fought back to a full count before hitting a single between shortstop and third base to push two runs across the plate and inject some life into the Wingers.
“He’s been doing this all year in the ‘9’ spot,” Bohmbach said. “Besides that, he’s been playing great defense.”
Lampman made a diving stop to end the fifth inning and continues to have success at the last spot in the batting order, hitting .462 with five RBI.
“I have no problem being a nine hitter because I like getting on for the guys at the top of the order,” Lampman said. “I feel comfortable there.”
The Tigers added another run on a double by John Stibal in the third inning but were shut out the rest of the way. Stibal finished 2-for-3 and Nathan Graham had a single and two RBI for Farmington.
Red Wing got contributions from almost everyone in the 8-run fifth inning. Senior David Goggin was hit by a pitch to start the inning, Boldt tallied four RBI, Stegora had a single and an RBI, Newman scored a run, Strusz contributed an RBI single, Johnson stole a base and Lampman walked and scored a run.
“When you get down early, you got to learn to be resilient and come back from those,” Boldt said.
Every player scored at least one run for the Wingers in the win.
Red Wing will host Northfield Friday at the Red Wing Athletic Field.