Chanhassen was able to silence Farmington's bats last Thursday, but it didn't take long for the Tigers to get back to making plenty of noise at the plate.
After being swept 2-1 and 3-2 for their first two Missota Conference losses of the year, the team bounced back by edging Rochester Century 6-5 on Friday. The Tigers hit their stride at the plate Monday when they piled up 18 runs in four innings in an 18-0 shutout of Rochester Mayo. Eighteen runs was the team's largest margin of victory in at least a decade.
The Tigers (12-3) scored three runs apiece in the first and second, and then put the 10-run rule into effect with 11 runs on eight hits in the bottom of the fourth.
Maddie Muelken pitched a two-hitter for her first career shutout and helped herself at the plate with three hits, including a double and a triple, and three RBI. Toni Hunsinger also drove in three runs and scored three.
Amber Doyle, Taylor Yousse and Ashley Betzold each added two hits.
The second-place Tigers took on Chaska Tuesday and host first-place Shakopee this afternoon in their regular season finale. The Sabers have a two-game lead, so the Tigers need a pair of sweeps this week to capture a share of the Missota crown for the second straight year.
"It is a tall order and it won't be easy, but we do control our own destiny, and it all starts with Game 1 against Chaska," Farmington coach Paul Harrington said.
Tigers rally past Century
Betzold's strikeout left the potential tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position in the top of the seventh and preserved a 6-5 win over Rochester Century on Friday.
Betzold got the win in relief, fanning seven over the final five innings.
The Tigers fell behind 3-0 early, but took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the third. That inning featured an RBI double by Yousse, a two-run single by Hunsinger and an RBI single by Kendall Novak.
An inning later, Carly Esselman tripled and scored what turned out to be the winning run.
Chanhassen ends streak
A wet home field sent the Tigers to Chanhassen for a scheduled home doubleheader last Thursday and the team saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end with a pair of one-run losses.
Betzold had the team's lone hit in Game 1 in the third inning. The score stayed 1-1 until Chanhassen plated a run in the bottom of the sixth.
"The bats were silent all game. We had a couple line drive outs, but other than that we just did not hit the ball hard at all," Harrington said. "We lost our discipline at the plate and swung at several bad pitches, making it an easy day for their pitcher."
The hitting improved in Game 2, but the Tigers still managed just a couple of runs on seven hits in a 3-2 loss.
Betzold plated the first run with an RBI single and Muelken singled and scored on a Molly Berdan base hit in the second.