27 April 2014

Softball: Tigers fourth at Mankato tourney

Maddie Muelken two-run single vs. New Ulm (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington (4-3) won one and lost two in a quality eight-team tournament played Friday and Saturday at Caswell Park in Mankato.

The Tigers opened the meet with a 6-2 win over Maple River and then lost a tough 4-3 decision to New Ulm in the championship bracket semifnals. They dropped the third place game 4-0 to host Mankato East.

"Overall, we played well in the tourney and basically had two bad innings," coach Paul Harrington said. "Twice we gave up four runs in one inning and in both instances, we were not able to overcome it. We just need to eliminate those types of innings".

Meghan Silber picked up the complete game pitching win in the opening round win over Maple River, scattering six hits and striking out five.

Carly Essselman, Molly Berdan and Emily Berdan each collected two hits to pace Farmington's nine-hit offensive attack. Emily Berdan's hits were both doubles. Amber Doyle belted a two-run homer, her second of the season.

"We got off to a great start," Harrington said. "It's always nice to win that first game."

Emily Berdan two doubles vs. Maple River (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington led 1-0 against New Ulm in the second game before surrendering four runs in the top of the sixth inning on three singles and a grand slam homer.

The Tigers rallied in the bottom of the seventh on two walks, Doyle's single and a two-run single by pitcher Maddie Muelken. Emily Berdan walked to re-load the bases with no out but a strikeout set up Molly Berdan's line drive to second for a game-ending double play.

"That ball goes a foot either way and we win the game," Harrington said.

In the third place game the Tigers had all four of their hits in the fourth and sixth innings but could not manage to push across a run against Mankato East.

"We ran into a good team with the home field advantage," Harrington said. "Their pitcher was tough all day long."

East scored all four runs in the third inning, the second time in as many games the Tigers gave up a four-spot in an inning.

Weather permitting, the Tigers will resume their Missota Conference schedule Monday with a road game at Red Wing.