Farmington softball: Home runs keep Tigers alive
Top-seeded Lakeville South narrowly avoided a Farmington upset bid in the Section 1AAA tournament Friday afternoon.
The Tigers (13-7) had to turn around and play sixth-seeded Winona and stayed alive in the tournament with a 4-3 win. They played again Tuesday against No. 2 seed Hastings and would need to win three more games after that to get back to the state tournament for the third straight year.
“Our kids really stepped up and came back to win a big game after a tough loss to South. Winona had the momentum, as they had just won their game, but we took that away from them,” Farmington coach Paul Harrington said. “It showed the never quit character of our team and kept us alive in the playoffs.”
All four of Farmington’s runs against Winona came on home runs that went off the glove of an outfielder. Amber Doyle started the scoring with a three-run homer and two innings later Molly Berdan hit a drive that went off a Winona player and over the fence. Berdan and Doyle each finished with two hits.
“I have been involved in thousands of softball games over 40 years and it is rare to see that happen,” Harrington said. “I have never seen it happen twice in one game. Fortunately both went our way.”
On the mound, Maddie Muelken picked up her second win of the tournament. She got the tough-luck loss against South, allowing three runs over six innings to the state’s 10th-ranked team. She also drove in both Tiger runs in the contest.
“We played a real good game,” Harrington said. “Someone had to lose and it turned out to be us.”
The Tigers opened the tournament last Wednesday with a 6-3 decision over fifth-seeded Rochester John Marshall.
All six runs came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Taylor Yousse and Emily Berdan ripped RBI singles during the frame and Molly Berdan followed with a two-run triple.
Muelken allowed six hits and struck out nine in the win.