Post 1222 notches 2 wins, averts elimination

MANKATO – The Fairmont VFW Post 1222 baseball lineup produced back-to-back victories on Friday to stay alive in the 2nd District Tournament in Mankato.

Clayton Maakestad delivered a clutch two-run double to cap Fairmont’s three-run seventh-inning comeback that erased a two-run deficit en route to a 7-6 elimination-bracket win over Chaska.

Nathan Gillis then fired a nine-hit complete game, while Sam Schwieger went 2-for-4 with a run scored to steer Post 1222 to a 7-4 elimination-bracket victory over Farmington on Friday night in Mankato.

Fairmont (13-5) squares off against Hutchinson today in another 4 p.m. elimination game at Mankato East High School’s diamond.

In Friday’s opener, Chaska held a 6-4 lead before Caleb Lloyd drew a walk to trigger Fairmont’s two-out rally during the top of the seventh inning.

Eli Green singled to move Lloyd to second base before Schwieger singled to plate Lloyd to inch Post 1222 within 6-5.

Maakestad then crushed a delivery for a two-run double that plated both Green and Schwieger with the tying and eventual game-winning runs, respectively.

Green and Schwieger each went 3-for-4 and scored two runs for Fairmont. Green also doubled, while Schwieger collected two RBIs.

Maakestad pitched the final 2/3s of an inning to net the save for Fairmont against Chaska. He did not allow a hit or a run.

Kale Fritz pitched one inning of relief to claim the victory. Fritz allowed one run on one hit, walked three and struck out one.

Green started on the mound and gave up five runs on nine hits, walked one and struck out two in 5 1/3 innings to receive no decision.

In Game 2, Gillis recorded six strikeouts and two walks, while allowing four runs on nine hits in seven innings of work to claim the complete-game victory for Fairmont over Farmington.

Schwieger collected two hits and scored a run, while Green, Evan Closs and Carter Lloyd each generated hits for Post 1222.

Fairmont manufactured three runs during the second inning before adding four more runs during the fifth frame to pace its three-run victory over Farmington.