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Softball: FHS season comes down to final week

The Missota Conference softball title is still up for grabs with one week remaining in the season.

But only Farmington controls its own destiny. The Tigers, tied atop the standings with Chanhassen and Shakopee with matching records of 9-3, hosted Chanhassen on Senior Night Tuesday and travel to Red Wing tonight for their regular season finale. The objective is clear for the Tigers: win those two games and the conference title comes back to Farmington for the first time since 2007.

After suffering their first back-to-back losses of the season last week, the Tigers got some momentum back by blowing out Century 11-0 in the second game of a doubleheader at Owatonna. The offense slugged 11 hits -- including an Allie Rice grand slam in a six-run top of the fourth -- and took advantage of four Century errors.

Ashley Betzold bounced back from a rough outing in a 4-0 loss to Owatonna in the opener, shutting out the Panthers over the first four innings. Toni Hunsinger pitched the final two frames to complete the shutout.

Hunsinger also pitched in at the plate, launching a two-run homer that made it 3-0 in the second. Rice started the scoring with an RBI single that plated Amber Doyle.

It was 9-0 when Betzold led off the sixth with a double and scored on Hunsinger's third hit.

It was the Tigers who were one-hit in Game 1 against Owatonna. Taylor Hakaana's double broke up the no-hitter in the bottom of the fifth. Fourteen of the team's 21 outs came via pop out or fly out.

The Tigers (11-4 overall)?slipped back into a first-place tie in the league last Tuesday after being ambushed by a New Prague team they beat 6-2 earlier in the season. The Trojans scored two in the first, three more in the third and four in the sixth in a 9-3 victory.

The Trojans pounded out 14 hits and took advantage of four Farmington errors.

Taylor Yousse and Brooke Searles had RBI hits for the visitors.