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Farmington softball: All or nothing offense

Farmington pitcher Maddie Muelken winds up and fires to the plate during Monday’s 3-0 loss to New Prague at Tiger Field. Muelken allowed one earned run in seven innings and led the Tigers at the plate with a pair of hits.

It’s been all or nothing for the Farmington softball team at the plate this season.

In four wins, the Tigers have piled up 48 runs. They put up 14 runs on 15 hits in Friday’s rout of Holy Angels. But against better pitching, the bats have been held in check. The Tigers produced just three hits in a 3-0 loss to New Prague Monday at Tiger Field.

“Our bats were really silent today,” Farmington coach Paul Harrington said. “We left five runners on base in scoring position. Not a lot, but enough to win the game. So we had our chances and sometimes games get back to timely hitting. We did not have any of that today.”

Pitcher Maddie Muelken kept the game within reach, holding the Trojans to one earned run and striking out six. She also paced the offense with a pair of hits. Carly Esselman added a single, a walk and a pair of stolen bases.

“"We faced a real quality pitcher, probably the best we faced all year,” Harrington said. “We had too many strikeouts and we need to get more quality at bats the next time we face them.”

The Tigers (4-2) were back at home Tuesday for their final Missota Conference game against Northfield. It was the start of a stretch of 10 games in 10 days to close out the regular season.

Farmington 14,

Holy Angels 1

After a 10-day layoff due to weather postponements, the Tigers got back on the field last Friday and used a pair of five-run innings to pull away from Holy Angels at Lincoln Field in Richfield.

“It was a very good showing after a week of not playing because of the rain,” Harrington said. “It was nice to get back outside.”

Esselman started the game with a double and went 3 for 4 with four runs scored. Amber Doyle had three hits of her own, including a double and a triple, and drove in four runs, and Ashley Ibinger was 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.

“The first time we played them, they gave us several runs and we did not hit the ball hard,” Harrington said. “Tonight they gave us a few runs, but our 15 hits against a fairly tough pitcher was great to see. We hit a lot of balls right on the nose and had many line drives.”

The Stars hurt themselves with five errors, and managed just one hit over five innings. Muelken started and struck out five over four innings before Meghan Silber came in to work a scoreless fifth.