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Softball: Tigers outlast No. 7 Lakers in 11 innings
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Farmington's softball team experienced some highs and lows during a span of three games in three days that wrapped up the regular season last week.


The Tigers outlasted senior pitching standout Brittany Lauterbach and seventh-ranked (Class 3A) Prior Lake, 3-2, in an 11-inning thriller last Wednesday night in Prior Lake only to follow it up with back-to-back league losses to New Prague and Northfield, a pair of teams they had already beaten this season.

The roller coaster of a week left the Tigers at 12-8 overall and 9-5 in the Missota Conference, marks that earned them third in both the final league standings and the section seedings. They earned a first-round bye and took on the winner of Albert Lea and Rochester John Marshall Wednesday afternoon at Farmington High School.

Farmington 3,

Prior Lake 2

Senior Sam Jensen singled, moved up on an Ashley Betzold bunt and scored on a Kelsey Betzold ground ball that resulted in a throwing error to give the Tigers the lead in the top of the 11th inning of Wednesday's road win over the second-place Lakers.

Ashley Betzold worked all 11 innings on the mound and held Prior Lake to two earned runs on 11 hits while striking out seven.

The Tigers broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the sixth. Shannon Doherty started the rally with a single and scored on Jensen's triple. Jensen then came home on an Ashley Betzold single to make it 2-0.

The Lakers rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extras, then both teams went through the eighth, ninth and 10th innings without plating a run.

New Prague 11,

Farmington 1

The Trojans took advantage of three Farmington errors by scoring eight runs in the bottom of the third inning of Thursday's 10-run rule contest.

The Tigers had just four hits, two of which came from Jensen, who was 2 for 4 with a triple.

Betzold worked the first four innings and allowed nine runs (five earned) on 10 hits.

Northfield 6,

Farmington 2

The Raiders scored three runs in the top of the first and piled up 11 hits against Ashley Betzold in Friday's season finale.

Jensen and Kelsey Betzold each supplied two of Farmington's seven hits. Jensen hit a triple and Kelsey Betzold and Megan Nekowitsch each drove in runs with doubles.

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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