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Softball: Tigers sweep section foes Century and Owatonna

Farmington's Alyssa Kalmes pulls safely into third during Monday's 6-0 win over Holy Angels.

Farmington's softball team likely improved its position in the Section 1AAA tournament seeding with a pair of wins over section opponents last week.

The Tigers, who open section play next week at Todd Park in Austin, improved to 10-6 overall by sweeping Owatonna and Rochester Century, 2-0 and 7-1, Friday night in Owatonna.

"I think the team established itself as one of the top teams in Section 1," first-year Farmington coach Rob Laden said after the doubleheader.

Farmington's freshman pitcher Ashley Betzold allowed just one unearned run on seven hits while striking out 15 over the 14 innings. She three-hit Owatonna in the opener and was given the lead for good when the Farmington offense scratched across a run in the top of the second.

Alyssa Hagen was 1 for 3 and provided the game's lone RBI and Sunny Orndorff scored a run. Kelsey Betzold and Dani Muelken each went 2 for 3.

The nightcap against Rochester Century remained deadlocked at 1-1 through six innings before the Tigers erupted for six runs in the top of the seventh to take control.

Senior Shannon Doherty led off the top of the seventh with a single and came around to score the go-ahead run on a suicide squeeze bunt by Paige Lindrud. Sam Jensen and Kelsey Betzold each followed with big hits as Jensen finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI and Betzold was 3 for 4 with an RBI double.

The Tigers appear headed for third place in the Missota Conference standings heading into the final four games of the regular season. At 8-3, they're two games behind Prior Lake and two ahead of New Prague. Road games against those two teams, and a home game against Northfield, close out the regular season schedule.

Farmington 6,

Holy Angels 0

The Tigers resumed their Missota Conference schedule Monday with a 6-0 blanking of Holy Angels in Farmington.

Ashley Betzold shut out the Stars over the first six innings, then gave way to Megan Nekowitsch, who pitched a scoreless seventh.

The Tigers built a 4-0 lead early and worked their bench into the game over the final three frames. Sam Jensen led the offense with a double and triple.