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Posted Oct 6/13 - Another Season is in the Books

Congratulations to the ballclub and community for another successful year.  Although the on-the-field results, weren't necessarily what we wanted, the improvements made to the field and the successful hosting of the Region 15C tournament were two tremendous achievements.

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Posted Aug 19/13 - State Tournament Results -- First Weekend

The Stearns County League teams played well this first weekend, taking one of three contests.  On Friday night, Richmond lost to a solid Avon club by a 3-0 margin.  Ethan Vogt's five-hitter led Elrosa to a 6-0 shutout of Loretto on Saturday.  And Spring Hill lost a heartbreaker on Sunday to Jordan, 3-2, in 13 innings.  (By the way State Board, what the heck is Jordan doing in Class C?  They've won several state titles at the B-level).

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Posted Aug 12/13 - New Region 15C Attendance Record

The recently-completed Region 15C tournament set a new attendance record.  I don't have the final count for Sunday yet, but as of Saturday a total of 3,159 paid attendees had come through the gates at both Farming and St. Martin.  I would bet we had another 350-400 there on Sunday; I'll get the actual count and will update this article.  That number doesn't include any of the players or dozens of volunteers who spent their last two weekends at our newly refurbished ballpark in Farming.  I met numerous volunteers, too, from other places including Richmond and St. Martin.

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Posted Aug 10/13 - Region 15C Results -- Second Weekend

Friday, August 9 at St. Martin:

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Posted Aug 3/13 - Region 15C Results -- First Weekend

Mother Nature was very cooperative this weekend, and eight games were played at Farming and St. Martin.  Total attendance this weekend was a whopping 2,205!  Both night games at St. Martin drew between 350-375, and both days in Farming drew 725-760.

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Posted Jul 28/13 - St. Martin 10, Flames 0

Farming's 2013 season came to an end on Sunday afternoon as the Flames fell 10-0 at St. Martin.  Although it wasn't the result anyone wanted, congrats to the players for an enjoyable and competitive season.  The future looks bright for the Flames in 2014.

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Posted Jul 21/13 - Lake Henry 6, Flames 0

Farming played a competitive game on Sunday, but ended up losing to Lake Henry by a 6-0 score.

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Posted Jul 16/13 - Farming Inducts Three Into Hall of Fame

Kerry Mergen, Barb Mergen, and Roy Schleper are the newest members of Farming's baseball Hall of Fame.  All three were inducted on Sunday in a nice ceremony that took place after the game with Roscoe.

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Posted Jul 14/13 - Flames 13, Roscoe 11

Farming scored in six of their eight at-bats as they defeated Roscoe 13-11, in a wild ballgame at Farming.

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Posted Jul 11/13 - Friday's Game vs. St. Wendell Cancelled

Friday's schedule home game against St. Wendel has been cancelled.  It will not be rescheduled.

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Posted Jul 7/13 - Lake Henry 11, Flames 1 (7 innings)

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Posted Jul 7/13 - New Munich 3, Flames 2

The Flames played one of their best games of the season but were edged by a very good New Munich ballclub.  Derek Roush had two hits, including a double, to lead the Farming attack.  Craig Klein went 2 for 5 with an RBI, raising his season average to a team-leading .462.

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Posted Jul 2/13 - Region 15C Tournament Approaches

The greatest town team baseball event on the planet, namely the Region 15C tournament, will be held in Farming this coming August.  Games will take place on August 3-4, and August 10-11 at 11am, 1:30pm, and 4:00pm.  There will also be three night games played in St. Martin, on August 2, 3, and 9.  All of the night games start at 8:15pm.  A complete PDF bracket is available at: 2013 Region 15C Tournament.

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Posted Jun 30/13 - St. Martin 6, Flames 4

After a slow start, the Flames fought back the rest of the night but still fell to the Martins 6-4, in a competetive ballgame played under the lights in St. Martin.

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Posted Jun 24/13 - Klein to play in All-Star Game

Congratulations to Craig Klein, who has been named to the SCL All-Star team.  Craig has been hitting the ball well and is always solid in the field, so this award is well-deserved.

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Posted Jun 24/13 - New Munich Game Rescheduled

Sunday's game vs New Munich was postponed due to wet grounds.  The game will be made up on Saturday, July 6, 1:30pm, at Farming.

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Posted Jun 17/13 - Elrosa 7, Flames 0

Elrosa used a three-run fourth inning to fuel a 7-0 victory over the Flames on a beautiful Father's Day afternoon in Farming.

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Posted Jun 16/13 - Happy Father's Day

On behalf of the ballclub, we want to wish a Happy Father's Day to all the dads.   I know my dad gave me a lot of the skills I use everyday to survive and thrive in this crazy world, and I'm sure many others have had the same experience.  Thank you and have a great day.

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Posted Jun 15/13 - Golf Tournament on July 13th

The Farming Baseball Association is holding its annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 13th, at River Oaks Golf Club in Cold Spring.  Check in is 2:00pm, with a shotgun start beginning at 2:30pm.  There is a putting contest take place beforehand, starting at 1:45pm.  The cost is $30 and includes 9-holes of golf, cart, and dinner at the Trappers Pub & Grub (formerly Goatroapers).  The meal only is $10.00.

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Posted Jun 14/13 - Friday's Game vs Holdingford is Cancelled

Holdingford did not think they'd have enough players.  The game is not being rescheduled.

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Posted Jun 9/13 - Richmond 10, Flames 0

It was a tough afternoon in Richmond on Sunday, as the Flames lost to the Royals 10-0.  Craig Klein and Derrick Roush had Farming's two hits on the afternoon.

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Posted Jun 9/13 - Farming Runners-Up in New Munich

The Farming Pee Wee team finished second in this weekend's eight-team tournament, played at New Munich.  Farming beat Elrosa 7-0 and Greenwald 16-0, before losing to St. Martin 6-1 in the final.  The team is coached by Bob Mergen.  Congratulations to the team for a great tournament run!

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Posted Jun 8/13 - Regal 6, Flames 2

Regal scored five runs in the sixth inning as they defeated the Flames 6-2, on a beautiful Friday evening at Farming.

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Posted Jun 2/13 - Meire Grove 18, Flames 1

Meire Grove put up a 10-spot in the second inning en route to an 18-1 win over the Flames on Sunday, in Meire Grove.   The Grovers finished with 17 hits, while the Flames managed just 3.

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Posted May 26/13 - Spring Hill 18, Flames 6

Spring Hill had the bats going early and often, as they defeated the Flames 18-6 in seven innings, at Farming.

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Posted May 26/13 - Flames 10, Greenwald 9 (11 innings)

Chris Wehseler singled, advanced on a sacrifice, stole third, and scored on an throwing error in the bottom of the 11th inning as Farming defeated the Greenwald Cubs by a 10-9 margin.  For the Flames, Chris went 3-for-4 with a double, while Nick Mergen went 4-for-6 with a triple.  Farming now stands at 3-2 in the Stearns County League-South Division, good for third place.  The game was originally scheduled to be played at Greenwald, but was moved to Farming due to standing water at Greenwald's ballpark.

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Posted May 19/13 - Lake Henry 12, Flames 3

Lake Henry blew open a close game with a seven-run eighth-inning, en route to a 12-3 victory over the Flames.  

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Posted May 18/13 - Farming to Host Region 15C Region

For the first time since 1987, Farming will host the Region 15C baseball tournament.  A total of eight teams from the Stearns County and County Line leagues will be playing for births in the 2013 state tournament, which takes place in Maple Lake and Delano.

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Posted May 12/13 - Flames 2, Roscoe 0

Craig Rausch pitched a complete game shutout as the Flames beat the Rangers 2-0 in Roscoe.  Craig threw fewer than 100 pitches during his brilliant outing, which took only two hours or so.  He gave up just four hits, struck out five, and didn't walk a single batter.

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Posted May 12/13 - Happy Mother's Day

On behalf of the whole ballclub, we extend a hearty and sincere Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms, grandmoms, and great-grandmoms who support the team.  We appreciate your attendance at the ball games, and in the many other tasks you do to help make Farming baseball community such a success.  Without you, none of us would be here!  (including the players)

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Posted May 9/13 - Friday's Game at Regal is Cancelled

Friday's exhibition game at Regal will be made up at a date and time to be determined soon.  Keep checking the Schedule link for further details.

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Posted May 5/13 - Richmond 8, Flames 0

Richmond displayed good pitching and defense as they defeated the Flames 8-0 at Farming.

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Posted Apr 29/13 - Flames 6, St. Martin 1

Farming put together an impressive performance on Sunday afternoon, defeating St. Martin 6-1 at Farming.  This was the first SCL game of the season for both clubs.

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Posted Apr 19/13 - Sunday's Game Cancelled

To the surprise of no one, Sundays tilt vs. Elrosa has been postponed.  It was pretty iffy all week and yesterday's 12" of white stuff was pretty much the nail in the coffin.

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Posted Apr 12/13 - Sunday's Game Cancelled

I'm sure this isn't news to anyone, what with our recent return to winter.  Sunday's game against St. Wendel has been cancelled.  The game will be made up on Friday, July 12, 6:30pm, at Farming.

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Posted Apr 10/13 - Flames Unveil New MBA Website

The Minnesota Baseball Association (MBA), which overseas amateur baseball throughout the state of Minnesota including the annual state tournament, is requring that all teams have a presence on the MBA's website during the 2013 season.

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Posted Apr 1/13 - Non-League Game Schedule Released

Farming will play five exhibition/non-league games as part of the 2013 schedule.  Opponents will include St. Wendel (home and away), Regal (away), Pearl Lake (away), and Holdingford (home).  Click on the Schedule link to see the dates and times.

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Posted Mar 12/13 - 2013 League Schedule Released

The 2013 Stearns County League Season officially begins on Sunday, April 21, when the Flames host the Elrosa Saints.  Gametime is 1:30pm.

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Posted Nov 27/12 - Baseball Banquet, Friday, December 21

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Posted Aug 13/12 - Region 15C Results

The Region 15C tournament this year was an exciting one, with several one-run games and many games going into extra innings.  Congratulations to New London-Spicer, Richmond, New Munich, and Lake Henry for advancing to the state tournament starting next weekend in St. Cloud.

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Posted Aug 5/12 - Lake Henry 12, Flames 5

Farming's season came to an end on Sunday afternoon, with a 12-5 loss to Lake Henry.  Farming had a 5-1 at one point in the ballgame, but the Lakers chipped away, including a four-run outburst in the seventh inning.

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Posted Aug 4/12 - New London-Spicer 1, Farming 0
The Twins scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to edge the Flames 1-0 at Richmond.  

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Posted Jul 29/12 - SCL Playoffs: Richmond 8, Flames 1
Farming managed just three hits in an 8-1 loss at Richmond on Sunday.  Both teams had already qualified for the Region 15C tournament, so this was a seeding game only.  Richmond will be the #1 seed from the SCL South, and Farming will be #2.

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Posted Jul 22/12 - SCL Playoffs: Flames 10, Lake Henry 4

The Flames went on a homerun hitting spree as they defeated Lake Henry on the road, by a score of 10-4.  With the win, Farming qualifies for the Region 15C tournament for the second consecutive year.

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Posted Jul 18/12 - New Photos

Brittany Lieser sent me some nice photos of recent action, both home and away.  I'll let them run on the home page for awhile; you can also see them in the Photo Album entitled "2012 Season".

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Posted Jul 16/12 - Flames 5, Richmond 4

Farming used a big inning and some timely pitching to hand Richmond only its second loss of the season, 5-4, on a hot Sunday afternoon in Farming.  The largest crowd of the year was on hand, with cars filling the parking lot and several more parked along Highway 42.  After the game, Terry Schleper and Eddie Schleper were both inducted into the Farming Hall of Fame.

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Posted Jul 9/12 - Celebrate 75 Years of Farming Baseball, July 14-15

The Farming Baseball Association (FBA) welcomes all fans to attend a series of events celebrating 75 years of town team baseball.  The events will take place on Saturday, July 14, and on Sunday, July 15, 2012.

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Posted Jul 6/12 - Flames 6, St. Martin 1

The Flames played their most complete ballgame of the season as they routed St. Martin 6-1, under the Friday night lights in St. Martin.

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Posted Jul 1/12 - Lake Henry 11, Flames 2

The Flames surrendered 15 hits in route to a 11-2 loss to Lake Henry, on a blistering hot day in Farming.

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Posted Jun 24/12 - Meire Grove 2, Flames 1

Farming lost a tough-luck 2-1 decision on Sunday, in an exciting ballgame played at Meire Grove.

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Posted Jun 21/12 - Friday's Game Cancelled
Friday's game with St. Nicholas has been cancelled.  

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Posted Jun 18/12 - Flames 10, Roscoe 0
Zach Posterick and Craig Rausch combined for a two-hit shutout as the Flames smoked Roscoe 10-0 on Sunday.

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Posted Jun 14/12 - Farming Flames 75th Anniversary Weekend Coming Soon

The Farming Flames will celebrate their 75th year of existence during the weekend of July 14-15, 2012.  Here is a list of the events and further information:

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Posted Jun 10/12 - Greenwald 5, Flames 2

Greenwald broke open a tie game with two runs in the seventh inning, to defeat the Flames 5-2, at Farming.

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Posted Jun 3/12 - Flames 2, Elrosa 1
The Flames took advantage of excellent pitching, some nice plays in the field, and a key hit to defeat Elrosa 2-1 on a beautiful, sunny afternoon in Farming.

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Posted Jun 2/12 - Upsala 9, Flames 7

The Bluejays used a four-run eighth inning to defeat the Flames 9-7 on Friday night, in Farming.  The game was called after eight inning due to darkness.

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Posted May 28/12 - Flames 7, Spring Hill 6

The Flames finished off an impressive weekend in style, handing Spring Hill their first loss of the season 7-6.  Greg Holthaus' two-run homer in the eight inning and Chad Mergen's solid pitching helped seal the deal for Farming.  Zach Posterick went 4-for-5 to lead the Flames.  With the two victories this weekend, Farming is now 3-3 in the SCL South. 

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Posted May 26/12 - Flames 6, New Munich 2

Thanks to 12 hits and some excellent pitching, Farming defeated New Munich 6-2 on Saturday afternoon. 

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Posted May 20/12 - Flames 4, St. Martin 3

Farming posted its first league win of the season on Sunday afternoon, beating the visiting St. Martin Martins 4-3. 

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Posted May 13/12 - Richmond 6, Flames 1

The Flames dropped a 6-1 decision to the league-leading Richmond Royals on Sunday, at Richmond.

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Posted May 6/12 - Game vs. Elrosa Postponed
Sunday's ball game versus Elrosa was called due to wet grounds.  The game is rescheduled for June 3rd at Farming.

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Posted Apr 30/12 - Lake Henry 8, Flames 5

The Flames fell to 0-2 in the SCL league after an 8-5 loss at Lake Henry on Sunday afternoon.  The Flames got the bats rolling early.  Derek Rousch was 2-for-5 and Ian Hoffarth was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Ian Hoffarth had a bases-loaded double in the sixth, and Mike Kotten added and RBI double in the eighth for the Flames.  Brent Mergen pitched well but took the loss.

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Posted Apr 19/12 - Non-League Schedule Released

Farming has added eight additional non-league games to go along with the 13 -game SCL league schedule.  The Flames will play home-and-home series with both St. Wendel and St. Nicholas, face Pearl Lake on the road, and host single games with Upsala, New London Spicer, and Regal.  The SCL All-Star Game will take place on Friday, June 29th, 8:00pm, in Elrosa.

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Posted Mar 10/12 - 2012 League Schedule Released

The Stearns County League recently released the 2012 league schedule.  The Flames will open at home on Sunday, April 22, vs. Roscoe.  All league games will start at 1:30pm, except for the July 6 game at St. Martin.   Please see the Schedule link for other games.  I will update this with the non-league and exhibition games as Dale gets them scheduled. 

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Posted Sep 28/11 - Saying Goodbye to a Town Team Legend

Elmer Schleper, who played on Farming's first town team in 1938 and later managed the team for well over 20 years, passed away on Sunday, September 25, at the age of 87.  Elmer was elected to the Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

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Posted Sep 2/11 - Mergen Leads U.S. to Fourth Place Finish

The U.S. Revolution, the national Australian Rules football club, finished fourth recently in an international competition held in Melbourne and Sydney.  Brent Mergen was selected Best in two of the five USA matches.

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Posted Aug 22/11 - New Photos from Barb & Thanks to Many

Barb Mergen had made a number of nice photo-presentations featuring the Farming Flames season.  Barb does these on "Smilebox", which is a free download.  You might need to download Smilebox to your computer in order to save these photos.   You can get it at http://www.smilebox.com/.

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Posted Aug 21/11 - Brent Mergen Competes in Australia

Brent Mergen, who played a variety of positions for Farming this year including pitcher, catcher, infield, and outfield, is currently competing with the U.S. Australian Rules Football Team.  The AFL International Cup, as the tournament is called, is taking place in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, August 12-27.  Congrats to Brent!

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Posted Aug 9/11 - Farming Flames Little League Earn Stearns County Little Dipper League Championship

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Posted Aug 7/11 - Lake Henry 5, Flames 4

Farming were defeated by Lake Henry in the Region 15C tournament, 5-4 in a competetive and entertaining game held in Spicer. 

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Posted Aug 6/11 - Elrosa 1, Flames 0

Farming lost a heartbreaker on Saturday afternoon in their Region 15C opener, 1-0 at the hands of the Elrosa Saints. 

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Posted Aug 4/11 - More Pics from Brittany

Brittany Lieser took these nice photos as last Sunday's ballgame.  They're scrolling on the mainpage above, or you can see them in the Photos section.

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Posted Aug 2/11 - Congratulations from Aaron Nett

Aaron Nett, longtime ballplayer for Farming, emailed me on Monday.  As many of you know, Aaron is in Rome for the next couples of years preparing for the priesthood.  He's been following the club's success through the playoffs and is happy to see us in the Regionals.  Brad, you're now officially known as "the wonder kid".  :)

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Posted Jul 31/11 - Lake Henry 5, Flames 4 (12 innings)

Farming lost a hard-fought and entertaining game to Lake Henry on Sunday, 5-4 in 12 innings.  Farming enters the Region 15C tournament next week as the #2 seed from the SCL South Division.

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Posted Jul 24/11 - Flames 4, Richmond 1

Farming clinched their first trip to the Region 15C tournament since 2002 with a solid 4-1 win over Richmond.  Brad Mergen went the distance for the Flames, striking out 18 and walking three.  Richmond managed just two hits on the afternoon.

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Posted Jul 23/11 - New Info Posted

Jimmy Mergen has provided a team history on the early years of Farming baseball; I've created a new page for it on the left side of the home page.  Take a look when you get a chance.  It includes a list of al the managers since the team's inception.

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Posted Jul 17/11 - Flames 10, Lake Henry 7

Brad Mergen pitched seven solid innings, allowing just one hit and striking out 12, as Farming won 10-7 at Lake Henry on a sultry Sunday afternoon.   The Flames pounded out 14 hits and took advantage of four Lake Henry errors. 

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Posted Jul 11/11 - Flames 2, Richmond 0

Brad Mergen gave up just three hits while striking out 13, as Farming earned the fourth and final playoff birth in the SCL South.  Brad went the distance in his most impressive performance of the season.  Zach Posterick went 2 for 4 including a double.

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Posted Jul 2/11 - Lake Henry 12, Flames 2

Lake Henry pounded out 15 hits and used a number of errors to take a 12-2 victory over the Flames on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, in Farming.  The key inning was the fifth, when the Lakers plated five runs and put the game out of reach.

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Posted Jul 2/11 - St. Martin 3, Flames 0

St. Martin scratched out three runs early and made them stand up for a 3-0 win over Farming on Friday, under the lights in St. Martin.

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Posted Jun 27/11 - Flames Win Two Key Games this Weekend

Faming had its best weekend of the season, winning two critical league games.

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Posted Jun 20/11 - Flames Lose Two Tough Ones this Weekend

The Flames lost two heartbreakers this past weekend.  On Saturday, Richmond used a 2-run walkoff HR in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat us 3-1.  Zach had the lone RBI for Farming.

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Posted Jun 17/11 - John added to SCL All-Star Roster
Congratulations to John Theis, who has recently been added to the SCL All-Star Roster.  John has been hitting the ball well this year, and will be a fine addition to the club.  Farming will have two representatives in the All-Star Game this year, something that hasn't happened for a couple of years. 

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Posted Jun 17/11 - Elliott Column

It's old news now, but Tom Elliott wrote a nice column for the St. Cloud Times a couple of weeks ago about all the new improvements made to the Farming ballpark.  Tom's been a good advocate for town team baseball for many years.  Here's a link to the article:

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Posted Jun 15/11 - New Photos Added

I added some photos from the St. Martin and Meire Grove games to the photo album.  Click on the link to the left to check them out.

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Posted Jun 15/11 - Greg Named to All-Star Squad
Congratulations to Greg Holthaus, who was recently named to the Stearns County League All-Star Squad.  Greg has been really crunching the ball lately, and this honor is well-deserved.  The SCL team will play the Corn Belt League All Stars this coming Friday, June 17, 8:15pm, at New London.  Good luck to Greg and the SCL squad.

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Posted Jun 13/11 - Meire Grove 9, Flames 7

Meire Grove scored a total of seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings in route to a hard-fought 9-7 victory over the Flames on Sunday afternoon, at Farming.

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Posted Jun 5/11 - Spring Hill 13, Flames 3

Farming struggled in the field on Sunday as the Flames lost a home tilt to Spring Hill 13-3 in eight innings.  Spring Hill scored in each of the first four innings to take an early lead.

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Posted May 29/11 - New Munich 3, Flames 0

New Munich scored two runs in the first inning and made them stand up in a 3-0 win over the Flames on Sunday afternoon, at New Munich.

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Posted May 28/11 - Farmes Lose in Home Opener

St. Martin scored seven runs in the eighth inning in route to an 11-0 victory over the Flames on a beautiful and sunny day in Farming.

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Posted May 23/11 - Rain, Rain, Rain

Both the Pearl Lake and Richmond games were rained out this past weekend.  The Richmond game will definitely be rescheduled; once that's done, I will update the schedule.  I doubt that the Pearl Lake game will be made up, but will check with Dale just to be sure.

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Posted May 15/11 - Elrosa 20, Flames 7

The Flames kept this game competitive through the top of the sixth inning, trailing only 8-7.  However, the Elrosa Saints got the bats going late and defeated the Flames 20-7 in eight innings on a perfect day for baseball in Elrosa.  The Flames are now 1-1 in league play.

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Posted May 9/11 - Rained Out at Lake Henry

Sunday's game at Lake Henry was rained out.  Once I know the makeup date, I'll update the schedule.

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Posted May 1/11 - Flames 4, Roscoe 2 (13 innings)

The Flames tied the game in the eighth, then scored two more in the 13th inning to claim a 4-2 victory over the Rangers at Roscoe. 

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Posted Apr 23/11 - Regal 8, Flames 4

The Regal Eagles scored four runs in the seventh inning on their way to an 8-4 victory over Farming on a cold and blustery day in Regal.

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Posted Apr 19/11 - Flames 14, St. Wendel 7

The Flames' had the bats going on a chilly but sunny day at St. Wendel.  Craig Klein, Ian Hoffarth, and Chris Wehseler were all 2 for 4, while Klein and Greg Holthaus each clubbed a home run.

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Posted Mar 24/11 - 2011 Season Schedule

The Flames 2011 schedule can be found on the website; click the "schedule" link on the left side of the page.

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Posted Nov 3/10 - Jeff Mergen Elected New County Commissioner

Congratulations to Jeff Mergen, who is the new District 3 County Commissioner!  Jeff defeated the incumbent, Vince Schaefer, 6215 votes to 4705.  Jeff is committed to reducing property taxes and eliminating wasteful spending.  His first task will be to secure county funding for a new Farming electronic scoreboard (just kidding, just kidding).

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Posted Sep 10/10 - Grass!

In just a few short weeks, grass has appeared at the Ballpark; you can see proof of this if you click on the Photos link on the left.  I took these pictures on August 28, only a few weeks after the first set of photos I posted.  As you can see, there's quite a difference between the two sets.

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Posted Aug 15/10 - Jeff Mergen advances to November 3 General Election

Flames coach Jeff Mergen has successfully advanced through the Primary Election for the position of District 3 Stearns County Commissioner.  Incumbent Vince Schaefer finished with 810 votes followed closely by Jeff with 705.  The other candidates were all well behind these two totals.  District 3 includes Cold Spring, Richmond, Avon, Eden Valley, Holdingford, Kimball, Richmond and Rockville.

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Posted Aug 8/10 - Ballpark Improvements Well Under Way

The Farming Ballpark looks quite a bit different than it did after the last game of the season, just a few short weeks ago.  The outfield fence has been removed, the entire field (including the infield) has been filled in and leveled, a fresh coat of black dirt has been installed, and the field has been seeded.  A new in-ground sprinkler system is already in use, and right field has been raised several feet and is now level with the rest of the playing surface.  Everything really looks great.  And this hot and rainy weather will help that seed grow in nicely before we see our first snowfall.

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Posted Jul 25/10 - Flames Season Ends with Loss at Richmond

The Richmond Royals broke open a close game with a five-run fourth inning, on their way to an 11-1 victory over the Flames.  Richmond used a three-run homerun and a two-run double in their big fourth inning.  The Flames had their lone tally in the seventh inning when Greg Holthaus scored on a wild pitch.

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Posted Jul 20/10 - New Website Photos

I've put new photos up on the site this week, including some nice ones of the 2002 ballclub (the one that made the run at the state tournament).  I have others that I'll be posting throughout the week, too, so keep checking back.

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Posted Jul 18/10 - Lake Henry Advances in SCL South Playoffs

The host Lake Henry Lakers scored in every inning as they defeating the Flames 20-0 on Sunday afternoon.  The Lakers scored four runs in the second and sixth innings, and had an eight-run fourth inning.  Two Lake Henry pitchers combined to throw a seven-inning no hitter against the Flames.

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Posted Jul 17/10 - Jeff Mergen Running for County Commissioner

Coach Jeff Mergen, who's had a long history with the Farming ballclub, is running for Stearns County Commissioner-District 3.  Jeff's slogan is "Family Budgets before County Budgets".  More information about his program for the county can be found at www.jeffmergen.com.

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Posted Jul 12/10 - Playoff Schedule Announced

The pairings for next week's SCL playoff games has been announced.  Please see the Playoffs link on the left side of this page.  Good luck to the Flames as they travel to Lake Henry on Sunday!

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Posted Jul 11/10 - Meire Grove Grovers 10, Flames 7

Meire Grove scored five runs in the sixth inning on their way to a 10-7 victory over the Flames on Sunday afternoon. 

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Posted Jul 8/10 - Avon Lakers 7, Flames 6

Avon scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to edge the Flames 7-6 in a hard-fought and competitive game played at Avon.

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Posted Jul 3/10 - Flames 5, St. Martin 2

The Flames played their best overall game of the season on Friday night as they defeated the host St. Martin Martins 5-2 on a hot and sticky night. 

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Posted Jun 27/10 - Lake Henry Lakers 10, Flames 0

The Lakers scored four runs in the fourth inning on their way to a 10-0 victory over the Flames on Sunday afternoon.  The game was played at Farming.

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Posted Jun 25/10 - Game with Opole Rained Out

Torrential rains came through the Farming area an hour or so before gametime, leading to the cancellation of the ballgame with Opole. 

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Posted Jun 20/10 - Flames 8, Roscoe Rangers 3

The Flames played one of their best games of the season, pounding out 13 hits on their way to an 8-3 win at Roscoe.

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Posted Jun 18/10 - Flames 4, St. Nicholas Nicks 3

The Flames got a much needed win on Friday night as they defeated the visiting St. Nicholas Nicks 4-3 in an entertaining game.

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Posted Jun 14/10 - Wednesday's Game Is Cancelled

The home game against Paynesville, originally scheduled for this coming Wednesday June 16th, has been cancelled.

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Posted Jun 13/10 - Richmond Royals 7, Flames 0

The Royals got off to a quick lead and made it stand as they defeated the Flames 7-0 on Sunday afternoon, in Farming.  Farming had a couple of runners as far as third base, and had a double play snuff out another rally, but were unable to score on the afternoon.  The Flames had a total of six hits.

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Posted Jun 11/10 - St. Augusta Gussies 12, Flames 9

St. Augusta scored in each inning as the home Gussies defeated the Flames 12-9 in a seven-inning non-league game on Wednesday night.

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Posted Jun 7/10 - Elrosa Saints 10, Flames 0

The Flames had a tough day with the SCL North leading Elrosa Saints on Sunday, ending up on the short end of a 10-0 score.  Details to follow....ah screw the details.  They won, we lost -- enough said.

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Posted Jun 3/10 - Mergen Named to SCL All-Star Roster
Congratulations to pitcher Brad Mergen who was recently named to the SCL South Division All Star Roster.  The game will be played on Friday, June 11th at St. Martin, starting at 8:15pm.  Go get 'em Brad!

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Posted May 30/10 - Spring Hill Chargers 3, Flames 2

The Flames lost another tough-luck decision on Sunday, losing 3-2 to Spring Hill.  Brad Mergen started for the Flames and limited Spring Hill to just three hits; however, walks and a couple of Flames errors allowed the Chargers to scratch out three runs.

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Posted May 29/10 - Greenwald Cubs 9, Flames 5

The Greenwald Cubs scored four runs in the third inning on their way to a 9-5 victory over the Flames at Greenwald.   The Cubs had 12 hits including four doubles.

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Posted May 23/10 - New Munich Silverstreaks 3, Flames 0

New Munich scored all three runs in the first inning then made it stand as they defeated the Flames 3-0 on an overcast and humid day in Farming. 

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Posted May 21/10 - Flames 2, Paynesville Pirates 2

The Flames and Paynesville Pirates played to a 2-2 tie in a game that was called after nine innings, under the lights at Paynesville.

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Posted May 19/10 - Flames at Paynesville Friday night

The Flames will travel to Payneville on Friday, May 21, to take on the Pirates.  This is an exhibition game but should still be an entertaining matchup.  Gametime is 8:15pm.

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Posted May 16/10 - St. Martin Martins 14, Flames 2 (8 innings)

The highlights were few and far between for the Flames as they lost to the St. Martin Martins 14-2 at Farming.  St. Martin blew the game open with a five-run sixth inning, and a four-run eighth.

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Posted May 10/10 - Lake Henry Lakers 4, Flames 1

The Lakers used a four-run sixth inning and some good pitching to beat the Flames 4-1 at Lake Henry.  The Flames committed just one error on the afternoon, but managed only three hits. 

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Posted May 2/10 - Roscoe Rangers 3, Flames 2

Zach Posterick pitched six hitless innings, but some untimely fielding errors by the Flames led to three unearned runs.  Ryan Schleper pitched well too, giving up one hit in three innings pitched with two strikeouts.

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Posted Apr 25/10 - Flames 17, Richmond Royals 11

On a chilly and blustery afternoon in Richmond, the Flames banged out 17 hits on their way to a 17-11 victory over the Royals.  Farming had two huge innings, scoring six runs in the second and plating another eight runs in the fifth.

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Posted Apr 22/10 - Flames 7, St. Wendel Saints 5
The Flames knocked off the St. Wendel Saints 7-5 last Saturday in Farming.  The weather cooperated beautifully, and the boys were able to get some of the kinks out after a long winter's layoff.  It was a good positive start to the season.

The Flames will open the SCL season on the road this Sunday, April 25th, in Richmond.  Gametime is 1:30pm.

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Posted Mar 7/10 - Season Opener & 2010 Schedule

St. Wendel will be at Farming on Saturday, April 17th, at 1:30pm for the home opener.   The full schedule is now on the Schedule page.

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Posted Mar 3/10 - Farming Ballpark Fund Drive

As many of you know, the Farming Ballpark has seen better

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Posted Mar 2/10 - Cincinnati Bearcats
Congratulations to Brad Mergen who has signed a scholarship for 2011 with the Cincinnati Bearcats of the Big East Conference.  Brad will pitch this spring for Indian Hills Community College, getting his game ready for bigger and better (like pitching for the Flames).  Best wishes Brad!

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Posted Mar 2/10 - Season Schedule Coming Soon
As soon as the Flames schedule is available, it will be posted here.  Thanks for checking back.

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