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Softball: Bats silenced by No. 8 Rosemount

The Farmington softball team won its first two games of the regular season, then ran into some tough pitching and lost its next two.

The second week of the season played out pretty much the same way. The Tigers racked up 22 hits in two games while scoring Missota Conference wins over Northfield and Holy Angels last week, then managed just five hits Monday against Rosemount's Rachel Hoeppner in a 3-1 loss to the eighth-ranked Irish.

The Tiger bats were cold throughout much of last Thursday's game against Holy Angels. The Stars led 1-0 until the sixth, and it was 2-2 until senior Megan Nekowitsch's two-out, three-run double in the top of the seventh gave the visitors the 5-2 decision.

Sam Jensen, Kelsey Betzold and Ashley Betzold provided two hits apiece to the 10-hit attack.

Ashley Betzold also contributed on the mound, holding Holy Angels to two earned runs on eight hits while walking none.

Betzold allowed two first-inning runs last Tuesday against Northfield, but she also went 3 for 4 at the plate and helped the Tigers rally for a 9-4 road win.

Betzold finished with seven strikeouts and one walk while allowing four runs (three earned) over seven innings for her third win of the season.

Jensen and Paige Lindrud each clubbed two hits for the Tigers and Nekowitsch added two RBI, but the big blow came from Allison Rice, who ripped her first home run of the season.

The Tigers, now 4-3 overall, are back in action tonight when they make their final road trip west to take on Hutchinson. Hutchinson will join the Wright County Conference beginning in the fall.