Fairmont VFW baseball wins three straight games

BACK THROUGH THE BOX — Fairmont VFW Post 1222 batter Zach Jorgensen lines a delivery back through the box during regular-season baseball action at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. Jorgensen and Fairmont won their last three games on the road — one at St. James on Friday night and a doubleheader at Minnesota Lake on Saturday. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

FAIRMONT — Three victories in a row.

The Fairmont VFW Post 1222 baseball team swept both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday in Minnesota Lake after coasting to a 10-run rule triumph in St. James less than 24 hours earlier.

Right-hander Daniel Brummond fired a one-hit complete-game shutout and teammate Cale Steuber produced three hits and three RBIs to engineer Fairmont’s 14-0, five-inning rout over St. James on Friday night.

Zach Jorgensen and Jack Hested then combined for nine hits, including three doubles, and nine RBIs to power Fairmont to respective six-inning wins of 8-5 and 13-2 over Mapleton on Saturday.

“Our guys definitely got their bats going over the past three games,” said Fairmont VFW coach Jerry Brooks.

Jorgensen generated a game-leading four RBIs on the strength of two doubles, and Hested contributed two singles during Post 1222’s opening victory over Mapleton.

Starting pitcher Joey Flohrs allowed five runs — only three earned — on eight hits in six innings of work to earn the complete-game victory for Fairmont in Game 1 on Saturday. Flohrs recorded 10 strikeouts and issued just two walks.

Eli Anderson produced an RBI double for Post 1222 in the first game of Saturday’s twinbill, while Jacob Johnson, Tyson Geerdes, Blake Buntjer and Flohrs each contributed one hit to the victory.

Hested then belted three hits for a game-best five RBIs, while Jorgensen contributed a single and a double to Fairmont’s 13-2 triumph over Mapleton in Game 2 on Saturday.

Jorgensen allowed two runs on five hits in going the six-inning distance on the mound to net the complete-game victory. Jorgensen struck out seven and issued four bases-on-balls.

Buntjer supplied a run-scoring double for Fairmont, while Cale Steuber, Flohrs, Geerdes, Jacob Johnson and Eli Anderson each chipped in a hit during the winning performance.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Brummond’s shutout pitching effort helped power Fairmont’s 14-0 triumph over St. James in a five-frame contest on the road.

Brummond gave up only one hit in five shutout innings of work to pocket the complete-game win. The Post 1222 right-hander recorded six strikeouts without issuing a walk.

Steuber collected a game-best three RBIs on the strength of three hits against St. James, while Owen Wolter contributed a three-hit performance to the victory.

Flohrs pounded out two RBIs on a pair of singles for Fairmont, while teammates Buntjer, Jorgensen and Geerdes each contributed RBI singles to the early-exit victory.

Fairmont (7-3) plays host to Sleepy Eye in a 10 a.m. doubleheader Saturday at Herb Wolf Field.