LAKE CRYSTAL - Cole Emler went 3-for-3 to help engineer the Fairmont VFW Post 1222 baseball lineup's 14-4 victory over Lake Crystal during season-opening diamond action Wednesday night in Lake Crystal.
Emler tripled, drove in one run and crossed the plate once, while teammate Spencer Chirpich went 2-for-2 with a double. Chirpich collected two RBIs and scored a pair of runs on the game.
Bailey Koppen doubled home a run for Post 1222, while teammates Jay Ruen, Nate Johnson, Josh Eversman, Jack Waletich and Jon Dosedahl each contributed hits.
The Fairmont offensive attack, which generated 11 hits on the night, erupted for two runs in the top of the first before tacking on seven more in the second.
Eversman allowed two runs on three hits, fanned four, hit one batter and walked five in four innings to earn the victory for Fairmont.
Josh Lindquist gave up two runs on three hits in three innings of relief. Lindquist recorded four walks and issued only one base-on-balls.
Fairmont (1-0) is scheduled to play a doubleheader against Dassel on Saturday in Dassel. The first pitch of the opening game is set for 10 a.m.