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Softball: Aces silence Tiger bats

The first week of the softball season provided Farmington with a pair of confidence-boosting wins over Hutchinson and Red Wing. The second week was a bit more humbling.

Going up against two of the metro's elite pitchers, the Tigers managed 10 hits over two games and suffered a pair of losses to undefeated teams from Shakopee (5-0) and Prior Lake (8-1).

"This week we faced some of the toughest pitching in the state," first-year coach Rob Laden said. "Both teams are ranked in the top 11 in the state, so it was a good early test for us and pointed out some things we need to improve on."

The Tigers got in trouble early against Prior Lake Thursday when they spotted the Lakers four runs in the top of the first inning. The score was 5-0 by the time Megan Nekowitsch got Farmington on the board with an RBI double.

Sam Jensen and Kelsey Betzold each had two of Farmington's seven hits against Brittany Lauderbach, who struck out 11 and walked none.

Ashley Betzold took the loss. She allowed eight runs (four earned) over seven innings while giving up 13 hits and striking out five.

Betzold held seventh-ranked Shakopee to one run over the first four innings two days earlier, but the Sabers erupted for four runs in the top of the fifth and coasted to a 5-0 triumph.

Ashley Walker picked up the win. She held Farmington to three hits -- two by Jensen and one by Nekowitsch -- while whiffing five and walking none.