12 April 2014

Softball: Holy Angels helps Tigers to easy win

Outfield anchor Carly Esselman (photo by J. Lindquist)
Farmington (2-0) started slowly but eventually used 10 hits and five costly Holy Angels errors to score a 10-1 Missota Conference win over the Stars Friday afternoon at Tiger Field.

The lopsided victory was the second in as many days for the Tigers who bounced Totino Grace 11-1 on Thursday.

The teams were tied 1-1 after three and a half innings before the winners used hits by Maddie Muelken, Ashley Ibinger, Carly Esselman and Taylor Yousse, a walk to Caitie Dully and a two-out error to score four runs in the bottom of the fourth.

The Stars committed two errors to start another four-run Farmington outburst in the fifth inning.

Molly Berdan drove home the first run with a single and pinch-runner Savannah Greaves scored the second when Jordyn Keprios reached on yet another error.

The third and fourth runs came home on a wild pitch and a run-scoring single by Dully. Muelken, Dully, Emily Berdan and pinch-runner Olivia Hazelbaker scored the Tiger runs.

The Tigers added their final score in the sixth on a singles by Nicole Pierick, Meghan Silber and Greaves.

"We had a tough time getting going as their pitcher was throwing very well and getting a lot of us on strikeouts early on in the game," coach Paul Harrington said.
"The second time around the order, we got a lot more selective at the plate. We stayed away from the rise ball and started hitting the ball around...Give our kids credit, they made the adjustments at the plate and forced them to play defense."
Esselman and Dully each collected a pair of hits to lead the 10-hit Tiger offense.
Maddie Muelken picked up the win (photo by J. Lindquist)
Harrington added centerfielder Esselman also made big contributions in the field.
"Carly made a couple of great catches to rob them of hits," he said. "She does a great job out there. She's the anchor of  our outfield."

Muelken notched her second straight pitching win, working the first six innings and striking out four. Silber threw the seventh inning and recorded a pair of strikeouts.

The Tigers play their first road game next Tuesday when they travel to Northfield for a Missota Conference contest.