14 May 2014

Softball: Seniors help Tigers rally past Hawks

Taylor Yousse smacked 2 doubles and drove in 3 runs (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The Farmington roster contains the names of just two seniors and both came through with big late inning hits to help the Tigers to a 6-2 Senior Night victory over Chaska Tuesday at Tiger Field.

The Hawks scored two runs in their first at bat and took a two-run lead into the home half of the fifth inning.

Ashley Ibinger led off the inning with a single. Then senior second baseman Jordyn Keprios stroked a single to set up Taylor Yousse's game-tying two-run double. Carly Esselman's reached first when she was hit by a pitch and Molly Berdan cleared the bases with a two-run triple.

Ibinger started another two-run uprising in the sixth with a single and moved to second on Emily Berdan's sacrifice bunt. McKenzie Nelson, the team's other senior, followed with a run-scoring single and then raced home on Yousse's second double of the day.

"It's always nice to win our Senior Night game," Farmington coach Paul Harrington said, "and even more special when our seniors came through like they did."

Yousse had her biggest offensive game of the season with her two doubles and three runs batted in. Ibinger also went 2-3 and scored twice.

Maddie Muelken notched the pitching win, allowing six hits and striking out four in avenging an earlier 3-2 loss to the Hawks.

"We had only one hit going into the fifth inning and had a lot of strikeouts," Harrington said, "but the bats exploded for seven hits in two innings. All were hard-hit balls and three of them went for extra bases. ...We were overdue and it was great to see. It was a nice comeback victory."

Farmington (10-5) continues its busy week Wednesday with a road game at New Prague. Thursday they travel to Shakopee before returning home Friday for a doubleheader with Chanhassen.