16 May 2014

Softball: Tigers pay back Shakopee

Maddie Muelken pitched a shutout and drove in the winning run (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Maddie Muelken threw a seven-hit shutout and drove in the game's only run in a hard-fought 1-0 Missota Conference win over Shakopee Thursday afternoon in Shakopee.

The victory evened the season score with the Sabers who downed the Tigers  3-1 last Saturday at Tiger Field.

"It was a pitcher's duel," Harrington said. "Maddie had a great game pitching and kept them off balance. She came up big with runners in scoring position...Emily Berdan called a great game behind the plate. Those two work well together."

Shakopee outhit Farmington 7-2 with the visitors scoring an unearned run in the top of the first  inning and holding on for the win.

Carly Esselman led off the game with a single, advanced to third on  an infield throwing error and scored on Muelken's ground ball out to second base. The rest of the afternoon belonged to Muelken and the Tiger defense.

"We didn't get many hits," Harrington said.  "They outhit us, but I guess the bottom line is that we won the game."

Taylor Youssse had the only other Farmington hit of the day, a single in the fifth inning.

The win boosted the Tigers' season to 12-5 overall and 8-4 in the conference.

Friday the Tigers close out their regular and conference seasons with a home doubleheader against league-leading Chanhassen (13-3; 11-1).

""Overall we need to get our bats rolling again," Harrington said. "Our execution on bunts needs to improve too."