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Softball: Close losses at North
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Farmington outscored its opponents by a total of four runs last week, but had just two wins and three losses to show for it after a busy stretch of five games in five days.


The Tigers split Missota Conference games with Red Wing and Shakopee last week before dropping a pair of two-run games to Woodbury and East Ridge at the Lakeville North Tournament.

Tuesday's game against conference-leading and seventh-ranked Prior Lake was rained out, so the 8-6 Tigers will resume their schedule tonight with a home game against Northfield.

Farmington 5,

Red Wing 1

Kelsey Betzold was 2 for 3 with three RBI and Sam Jensen was 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in last Tuesday's 5-1 home win over Red Wing.

Shannon Doherty also added two hits to a 10-hit offensive attack.

Ashley Betzold got the start on the mound and held the Wingers to one earned run on five hits while striking out five during a complete-game effort.

Shakopee 3,

Farmington 1

Megan Nekowitsch's seventh-inning triple scored Brittany Zuther with Farmington's lone run in Thursday's 3-1 setback to the Sabers, who are now tied with Prior Lake atop the league standings.

Nekowitsch finished with two of Farmington's three hits. Jensen was 1 for 3.

Betzold surrendered two unearned runs after two errors were committed behind her in the top of the third. Shakopee extended its lead to 3-0 with a run in the top of the seventh.

Woodbury 9,

Farmington 7

Farmington spotted Woodbury six third-inning runs, then saw its rally fall short in a 9-7 loss Saturday in the opening round of the Lakeville North Tournament.

The Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 6-6, but Woodbury answered with three unearned runs against Betzold in the top of the eighth.

Nekowitsch started on the mound and allowed six earned runs on six hits over seven innings.

Jensen led the offense with four hits and four RBI. Alyssa Hagen was 3 for 4 and Paige Lindrud added two of the team's 14 hits.

Farmington 10,

Big Lake 4

The Tigers rebounded from the tight opening loss by scoring seven runs in the first two innings of a 10-4 win over Big Lake.

Jensen and Allyssa Kalmes each supplied three hits and Dani Meulken tacked on two hits and four RBI.

Betzold picked up the win, allowing four earned runs on seven hits over seven innings.

East Ridge 3,

Farmington 1

The Tigers played errorless ball for the first time in four games, but they managed just one first-inning run in a 3-1 loss to East Ridge.

Jensen and Doherty each accounted for two of the team's hits. Ashley Betzold yielded a matching six hits to East Ridge while striking out seven.

Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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