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Farmington softball blows out Rochester Mayo in season opener

Morgan Ebel fields a ground ball from third and throws over to first as Olivia Hazelbaker looks on during the Tigers' April 2 season-opener victory. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Elly Rust singles during the Tigers' six-run second inning against the Spartans on Tuesday at Farmington High School. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Farmington allowed just two runs on six hits and a walk during their home opener against Rochester Mayo on Tuesday, April 2. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Rebecca Hoeve pitched four innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits with seven strikeouts and just one walk in Farminton's 17-2 win over Rochester Mayo in four innings Tuesday, April 2. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

The Farmington Tigers softball team played a true spring game Tuesday evening at Farmington High School and blew out the Rochester Mayo Spartans despite the weather. The Tigers won 17-2 in four innings amidst the howling wind, periodic rain and sporadic hail. But perhaps most important is that they are playing outside during the first week of April, more than three weeks before they played their first game outside last spring (April 26 versus Apple Valley).

Their discipline at the plate, timely hitting and solid pitching enabled the blowout for Farmington. Rebecca Hoeve started in the circle for the Tigers and after the first inning she really settled in and cruised through the Rochester Mayo lineup. The Spartans managed a couple of hits in the first to lead 1-0 after the top of the first, but Farmington struck back with nine runs in the bottom of the inning on three hits, four walks and three hit batters.

After shutting down Rochester Mayo in the second inning, the Tigers scored six more in the bottom of the inning thanks to three-straight singles by Elly Rust, Kaitlyn Abraham and Morgan Ebel, a two-RBI single by Olivia Hazelbaker, another RBI-single by Taylor Jasper and a two-RBI triple by Molly Mogensen. The Spartans scored one more in the top of the third, but Farmington scored two more and went on to win 17-2.

Hoeve pitched four innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits with seven strikeouts and just one walk. Hazelbaker went 2-for-2 with three RBI, two walks and three runs scored. Jasper was hit twice, Mogensen had three RBI and Kayla Herda scored three times.

Farmington hosts Northfield on Friday, April 5, and travel to Lakeville South on Monday, April 8.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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