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Farmington Tiger softball continues perfect start

Farmington first baseman Amber Doyle fields a ground ball for an out early on in last Thursday's 5-0 shutout win over Northfield. The Tigers started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2004.

The Farmington softball team secured the program's first 3-0 start since the 2004 season with a 5-0 shutout of Northfield last Thursday at Tiger Field.

The Tigers scored all five of their runs in the first three innings and pitcher Ashley Betzold took advantage of the support with her third straight victory. She limited the Raiders to two hits and struck out eight, giving her 25 punch-outs against just two walks in three games. Betzold, a .429 hitter, also drove in Brooke Searles with the first run of the game with a double over the centerfielder's head in the bottom of the first. Pinch runner Hailey Monroe came around to score on Allie Rice's single to make it 2-0 after an inning.

Another run came around in the second when Rachel Brletich stole second and scored on a two-out single by Searles.

The Tigers capped the scoring with a two-run bottom of the third. Amber Doyle started the two-out rally with a single and came all the way around to score on a triple by Aleah Williamson. Taylor Haakana followed with an RBI single to make it 5-0.

The team finished with five runs on eight hits. Searles and Betzold each went 2 for 3.

"We have been getting a lot of timely hits and scoring a high percentage of runs based upon our number of hits," Farmington coach Paul Harrington said.

The Tigers put their unbeaten Missota Conference record on the line Tuesday at Chaska. They're back home tonight against New Prague before traveling south to take on Rochester Mayo on Friday.