04 May 2014

Softball: Tigers rout Stars 14-1

Ashley Ibinger 3-4, RBI, run
A week off due to rain and wet field conditions didn't seem to faze the Tigers as they returned to action Friday afternoon with a lopsided 14-1 Missota Conference win over Holy Angels in Richfield.

Farmington won the first meeting between the two teams by a similar 10-1 count but Tiger coach Paul Harrington said his team played much better in the rematch.

"The first time we played them, they gave us several runs and we did not hit the ball well," Harrington said. "In this one, they gave us a few runs, but our 15 hits against a fairly tough pitcher was great to see. We hit a lot of balls right on the nose."

The Tigers put five runs on the board in both the second and fourth innings to win going away. The game was stopped after five innings by the 10-run rule.

Amber Doyle, Carly Esselman and Ashley Ibinger led the offensive attack with three hits apiece. Two of Doyle's hits went for extra bases, a double and a triple, and she knocked in four runs.Esselman scored four runs and Molly Berdan went 2-3 with a double and scored twice.

Pitchers Maddie Muelken (4 innings) and Meghan Silber (1 inning) combined for a one-hit shutout for the Tigers who raised their season record to 5-3; 3-1 in Missota Conference play.

"Today was a very good showing after a week of not playing because of the rains," Harrington said.  It was nice to get back outside.  We play eight games this coming week.  Hopefully we can keep these hot bats going."

The Tigers begin their busy week Monday with a home doubleheader with New Prague. Game time is 4:00.

Molly Berdan 2-3, RBI, run (photo by Jim Lindquist)