07 May 2014

Softball: Over in a hurry

Winning pitcher Meghan Silber
The Tigers scored early and often in their 17-1, five-inning Missota Conference victory over Northfield Tuesday afternoon at Tiger Field.

Farmington (6-4 overall and 4-2 in the Missota Conference) scored four runs in the first inning, six in the second and seven more in third against the Raiders who didn't help their cause with seven costly errors.

"They (Northfield) made a lot of errors," Tiger coach Paul Harrington said, "but we got some big hits at the right time to take advantage. Our hitters were patient at the plate and we took a lot of walks. All of that added up to a lot of runs."

The winners finished with 10 hits, including two apiece by Maddie Muelken and Ashley Ibinger. Ibinger, Muelken and McKenzie Nelson each drove in a pair of runs. Ibinger, who also walked twice, scored three times.

Meghan Silber started in the circle and picked up the pitching victory for the Tigers. After surrendering a solo home run in the first inning, the sophomore righhander settled down, allowing just four hits and no runs the rest of the way.

"She shut the door after the first inning," Harrington said.

The game also marked the second straight day of spring-like weather that Harrington is hoping to see more of the rest of the season.

"The good weather will hopefully help us get in a rhythm as we close out the regular season and get ready for the playoffs," he said.

Wednesday the Tigers travel to Red Wing for a Missota Conference doubleheader with the Wingers.