A lot of good came from last Thursday’s doubleheader against Shakopee, even if Farmington didn’t get the sweep it needed to share the Missota Conference title with the Sabers for the second straight year.
Before the season started, Farmington softball coach Paul Harrington wondered who would pick up the slack for his team offensively with cleanup hitter Allie Rice lost to graduation.
So far, it’s been the entire lineup.
The Farmington and Rosemount softball teams escaped the cold spring weather by moving into the Irish Dome for a scrimmage last Wednesday morning.
No official score was kept, but the live-game action gave both coaches an opportunity to evaluate their teams and find things they need to work on as they prepare for the upcoming season.
The Farmington softball team looked overmatched by Stillwater in the opening round of the Class AAA State Tournament last Thursday.
But by the end of the day Friday, so did the rest of the eight-team field at Caswell Park in North Mankato.
Allie Rice and Ashley Betzold smashed home runs and Betzold threw seven strong innings as the Farmington softball team qualified for its second-ever state tournament with a 5-1 victory over Rochester John Marshall in the Section 1AAA championship game Thursday night at Todd Park in Austin.
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