26 May 2012

Softball: Tigers pass second section test

Taylor Yousse bases-loaded 3B in the 2nd inning (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington passed its second Section 1AAA test Friday afternoon with a convincing 12-2, five inning win over Rochester Mayo in the opening round of the Final Four tournament played at Todd Park in Austin.

"Our offense, defense and pitching looked good today," coach Paul Harrington said. "We need to keep it that way. The section playoffs are a hard grind. We need to stay focused on our next game."

The Spartans scored two runs in the top of the second inning to take a quick lead but like may times during the regular season, the Tigers came back to erase it, this time with a nine-run explosion in the second.

Pitcher Ashley Betzold rapped a two-run double and Taylor Yousse smacked a bases-loaded triple in the inning to do the most damage. Brooke Searles. Amber Doyle and Toni Hunsinger also had run-scoring hits in the uprising.

Harrington said Yousse's two-out triple was the blow that all but put the game in the Farmington win column.

"It was only 5-2 at the time," he said. "Taylor hit the triple and then scored on a wild pitch right after they changed pitchers. That really took the wind  out of their sails."

The winners scored two more in the third on a throwing error and a RBI single by Hunsinger and then sent everyone home early with a score on a double by Allie Rice, a single by Hunsinger and a fielder's choice ground ball by Taylor Haakana.
Toni Hunsinger 3-4, 2RBI, run (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Hunsinger continued to swing the hot bat, going 3-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Betzold, Rice and Erin Wurst each had a pair of hits for the Tigers. Betzold drove in two runs.

Betzold allowed just five hits in posting her 15th victory of the season.

"Our ability to come back in games tells you a lot about the character these girls have shown all season," Harrington said.

A second game against fellow-first round winner Hastings (9-8 over Rochester John Marshall) was postponed until next Tuesday evening back in Austin. Game time is 5:00 at Todd Park.