Joel Klein's two run single highlighted a six-run eighth inning as the Flames rallied to beat the Richmond Royals, 13-12, in Farming.
The Flames punched out six hits in a five-run fifth inning, with all five runs scoring after two were out. Aaron Einyck and Aaron Nett led off with singles. After a flyout, Chris Wehseler singled to load the bases. After another flyout, Taylor Fourre delivered a two run single to centerfield, followed by another two-run single by Dylan Panek. The final run scored on an error.
Farming entered the bottom of the eighth down 11-7. Brent Mergen, Brad Mergen, Craig Klein, Taylor Fourre, Max Carlson, and Joel Klein hit consecutive singles, putting Farming up 12-11. The Flames final run scored on a throwing error.
Richmond scored a run in the top of the ninth, and had the bases loaded with one out. But Brent Mergen induced a popout to third and a flyout to right to secure the victory.
Farming pounded out 20 hits on the afternoon, all of them singles. Chris Wehseler and Joel Klein each went 4-for-5, with two RBIs for the Flames. Taylor Forre went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Brad Mergen was 3-for-5, and Dylan Panek had two RBIs. Mitchell Thelen, Aaron Einyck, Aaron Nett, and Craig Klein had the other RBIs for the Flames.
Brad Mergen took the bump for Farming, pitching the first five innings. Aaron Nett and Brent Mergen pitched in relief, with Brent earning the victory.
The win improves Farming’s record in the SCL to 1-1, and 2-1 overall. This Friday, Farming will host Holdingford in an exhibition game at 6:15pm, before traveling to St. Martin for a Mother’s Day tilt on Sunday at 1:30pm.