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FHS softball team competitive at Eden Prairie scrimmages

Paul Harrington got his first chance to see the majority of his new team in action Saturday afternoon and, for the most part, the veteran head coach liked what he saw.

No scores were kept, but Harrington said the Farmington softball team played Burnsville and Hermantown "even up" and "had the advantage" against De La Salle in three 70-minute scrimmages at the Eden Prairie Dome.

"The two things I liked were that the physical errors and the mental mistakes were very minimal. It was good to see," said Harrington, whose team was without three letter-winners who were gone over spring break. "We didn't hurt ourselves and they basically had to earn the runs they got."

That was also good news to the Tiger pitchers. Returning all-conference hurler Ashley Betzold worked eight innings, Toni Hunsinger four and Mackenzie Lyons one.

"(Betzold) looked good. She didn't have many walks, which was great. She made them put the ball in play," Harrington said. "It was very good for her first outing in probably six months."

Betzold and Brooklynn Searles were also leaders at the plate, according to Harrington.

"They stood out as hitters. The whole team got at bats, didn't swing at many bad pitches and picked up some bases on balls," he said. "It was a good outing for being short-handed."

The whole team will be intact Saturday when the Tigers return to the Eden Prairie Dome for three more scrimmages against Elk River, Austin and Northfield.

"It will be good to see what improvements we can make and what we can do with a full squad," Harrington said.