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Section 1AAA Softball: Tigers earn first state berth since 2003

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Allie Rice and Ashley Betzold smashed home runs and Betzold threw seven strong innings as the Farmington softball team qualified for its second-ever state tournament with a 5-1 victory over Rochester John Marshall in the Section 1AAA championship game Thursday night at Todd Park in Austin.

Betzold doubled with two outs in the first inning and Rice followed with an opposite-field home run that gave the Tigers all the runs they would need.

Rice and Toni Hunsinger each added RBI singles in the fifth to make it 4-0 and Betzold smashed her third hit of the game over the left field wall in the sixth to make it 5-0.

Betzold allowed just three hits and struck out five as she improved her mound record to 17-4.

The Tigers will open Class 3A State Tournament play against Section 4 champion Stillwater (18-8) at 9 a.m. next Thursday at Caswell Park in Mankato.