The Farmington 16-and-under girls fastpitch softball team coached by
Erik Bonhoff posted a 4-1-1 record and finished second in the 32-team
St. Paul Harding Invitational June 10-11 to earn qualifying bids for
two national tournaments.
The high finish earned the girls either a trip to the Amateur
Softball Association of America or American Fastpitch Association
national tournaments to be held later this summer. The ASA tournament
will be played in Phoenix, Ariz. and the AFA nationals in Rockford,
Farmington beat Spring Lake Park 5-4 and North St. Paul 1-0 and
forged a 4-4 tie with Hopkins in Saturday's pool play to advance to
the championship round.
In Sunday's final round the locals posted back-to-back 2-1 wins over
Eagan and North Area before dropping a 1-0 verdict to Mounds View in
the title game.
Mal Betzold and Kaitlyn Kalmes handled the pitching chores with
Betzold carrying most of the work load. The hard-throwing lefthander
allowed just three runs in 34 innings in the circle.
Betzold, Chelsea Thompson, Ashlee Brink, Kelsey Lyons and Paige
Marshall swung the big sticks for the Farmington nine. Erin Johnson
produced the most dramatic hit of the tournament, a game-winning home
run in the victory over Eagan.
The defense that gave up just three runs in the championship round
was led by second baseman Corrissa Grabowski and catcher Samantha