Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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Ashley Betzold must enjoy pitching against Holy Angels. The sophomore shut out the Stars for the third time in her young varsity career Tuesday afternoon, holding them to five hits while striking out six in a 4-0 Tigers victory in Richfield. In four career starts against Holy Angels, Betzold is 4-0 and has allowed two runs in 28 innings. She was given a lead to work with on Tuesday when Paige Lindrud led off the third with a walk and Aleah Williamson followed a Holy Angels error with a two-run single.
Farmington was a couple of tight doubles matches away from knocking off unbeaten Chanhassen Thursday night in Chanhassen. The Tigers' duo of Peter Folz and Tyler Olsen picked up a hard-earned 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 2 doubles, but Chanhassen claimed three-set thrillers in the other two doubles matches and held on for a 5-2 win in the match. Farmington's Jeff Zakoskie and Brian Waldbillig lost 5-7, 6-4, 4-6 at No. 2 doubles and the No. 3 doubles team of Austin Tremmel and Colton Sanders fell, 3-6, 6-4, 5-7. "We put quite a scare in them.
This spring's weather hasn't been kind to the Farmington boys track team. Snow kept the team from practicing outside during much of March, then cold weather and rain led to the postponement of the Mega Meet in Lakeville April 15 and the Farmington Invite last Tuesday. The Tigers finally got back on the track for their first meet in nine days last Thursday at Rosemount, and were promptly greeted by cold wind and rain early on in the meet. "It was great getting a meet in and a chance to compete," Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter said.
Putting together two strong halves of play continued to be an issue for the Farmington girls lacrosse team Monday night. In the Tigers' season opener at Lakeville South, they forced overtime after falling behind 7-4 in the first half. Against Rochester John Marshall last week, they hung within a goal in the first half before being outscored 7-1 after the break.
In every game this season, the Farmington baseball team has had one inning where it gave up at least three runs. The least harmful of these big innings was a three-run sixth in the Tigers' lone victory, a crisply-played 9-3 decision over Edina back on April 13.
An injury-riddled Farmington team proved no match for Chaska/Chanhassen Thursday night in Chanhassen. With Quinn Malcolm, Jake Bauman, Alex Rojesky and Tyler Tutewohl-Klotz all missing from the lineup, the Tigers slipped to 0-3 with a 17-1 Missota Conference loss. "Being so thin at defense with some newcomers made it difficult to stay with a more seasoned team that combined two schools that are both the size of Farmington," Tiger coach Paul Sorensen said. "We held together as a team, but were just outmatched.
Farmington's third defensive miscue of the game proved costly Monday night. Chanhassen's leadoff hitter doubled to start the seventh and came around to score the game-winning run after an error in a 4-3 victory for the Storm at Farmington High School. The Tigers (2-2) twice overcame one-run deficits to tie the game. After Chanhassen scored a run in the top of the first, Aleah Williamson led off the bottom of the inning with a triple and scored on an Alyssa Kalmes base hit.
A big day from Nadia Lorencz led Farmington to third-place finish at the six-team Tiger Invite Thursday afternoon at Tiger Stadium. Lorencz, a state qualifier in the long jump as a freshman last spring, won two individual events, finished second in another and set a new school record in the process. Her leap of 35 feet, 1 inch won the triple jump and broke the previous mark of 34-8.75 set by Lyndsey Thoma in 1998.
Farmington headed up the second tier of teams in its first conference meet of the season Monday afternoon. Opening on their home course at Fountain Valley, the Tigers posted a team score of 326 to place fifth out of eight teams. League newcomers Chaska and Chanhassen battled it out for the top spot, with Chaska scoring a 308-314 victory in its first Missota Conference meet. Shakopee edged New Prague 316-317 in the battle for third place. "For it being the first Missota tournament of the year we fared pretty well," Farmington coach Jon Holmes said.
One big inning was all Farmington needed to score a 6-0 shutout of Holy Angels in its home opener last Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers, who were retired in order through four innings, plated all six of their runs with six hits in the decisive fifth inning. Aleah Williamson started the rally with a sharply-hit single, then Danny Muelken and Alyssa Hagen followed with singles to load the bases. Williamson came around to score the game's first run on a suicide squeeze bunt by Paige Lindrud. Alyssa Kalmes followed with another single and Taylor Yousse walked to re-load the bases.