With the temperature struggling to get out of the 30s, senior Ravi Mahanti pitched a complete game and guided Farmington to a 10-3 win over Birmingham Seaholm in baseball Wednesday.
“He threw mostly fastballs,” Farmington coach Pete Finn said. “It was tough to get a grip on much else.”
Mahanti scattered eight hits and walked four over seven innings, but he didn’t hit anybody. He struck out one. The host Falcons, who had won four of their last five, supported him with 15 hits.
Mahanti helped his cause by going 3-for-3 with a double and scoring two runs. Senior catcher Nik Campbell went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. His courtesy runner scored twice.
Scott Newhard was 2-for-4 and had three RBI, including a two-run single in the first inning to help Farmington take a 3-0 lead. Dan Carty batted 2-for-4 and scored a run; Artie Bentley added an RBI single.
Seaholm leadoff batter Jake Dietz went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Sam Coury was 1-for-3 and also crossed home plate.
“It was tough to field today,” Finn said. “It was tough to do much of anything. We had a couple bobbles in the field; they had a pop-up drop. There were a few nice plays, but it was not the greatest of games.”
Seaholm left-hander Justin Miller pitched three innings and took the loss. Alex Hackert entered in the fourth and finished the game.
The Falcons improved to 9-6 overall and 3-3 in the OAA White Division. The loss left the Maples at 4-9 and 2-4.
Coury pitched a two-hit shutout and a complete game in the first half of a doubleheader Monday. He struck out three, walked two and didn’t hit anybody.
Farmington’s only hits were a pair of singles by Campbell and Bentley. Derek Strickland also went the distance on the mound. He allowed five hits and two free passes.
The Falcons rallied to win the second game, 8-6. Seaholm was up 6-4 after five innings. Farmington got a run in the sixth and won it with three in the seventh.
Following base hits by Ryan Coucke and Campbell to start the winning rally, Mahanti reached on an error that scored Coucke.
Bentley moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt, and Lance Lovett followed with an RBI single. Two more errors led to the third run.
In the Farmington sixth, a Lovett single and two walks loaded the bases. Lovett scored on a wild pitch, however.
Alex Manasa was the winning pitcher in relief, going the final 21/3 innings. Steven Satterfield started and was followed by Elliott Edsall.
Lovett was 2-for-3 and scored two runs. Manasa hit a leadoff triple to start the game and scored. Dan Carty was 0-for-1 with three walks.
Coury hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Maples. Erik Halvorsen was hit by a pitch three times and scored two runs.
“Even though we only had two hits, we had a lot of good at-bats,” Finn said. “We hit the ball hard, right at people most of the day. There were some good things that came out of it; that’s for sure.
“We have a lot of work to do defensively. We’re coming along; we just have to keep working. We’re getting a few wins, and the kids are coming together. The bats are coming around.”