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Holly Shriber allowed four hits and two runs in 5.2 innings of Farmington’s 11-3 win over Deer Creek-Mackinaw Tuesday afternoon. She also struck out eight batters and drove in two runs to support her cause. Photo by Collin Fairfield.

Lady Farmers potent in victories

For The Weekly Post

FARMINGTON – The Farmington softball team has put up some impressive run totals in its three wins so far this wet, cold spring.

In three wins, the Lady Farmers (3-1) have outscored foes 40-6. That includes Tuesday’s 11-3 home victory over Deer Creek-Mackinaw.

Reece Putrich drove in four runs on three hits for Farmington, including a solo home run in the first inning. She also had a double.

Farmington finished with 10 hits and blew the game open with seven runs in the fourth inning. Holly Shriber, Alisyn Eichorn, Mckenzie Janson, Putrich and Vallianatos each drove in runs during the big frame.

Shriber also got the pitching victory, allowing four hits and two runs over 5.2 innings. She fanned eight. Lydia Overcash came on in relief to get the last five outs.

That win helped ease the sting of Monday’s 8-0 loss to Illini Bluffs. Shriber yielded seven runs on five hits and four walks, including a grand slam in the fourth.

Coach Jen Fauser said a bright spot in the loss to IB was freshman Overcash getting out of the fourth inning and finishing with two strikeouts while allowing one hit.

Last Friday, Farmington racked up 12 hits in a 12-3 home win over ROWVA-Williamsfield.

Emma Evans was 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, two runs and two RBIs. Farmington also got two-RBI games from Alyvia Marcotte (3-for-4, two runs, triple), Putrich (2-for-4) and Eichorn (2-for-4).

Shriber was strong on the mound, fanning 12 and allowing one walk and one earned run. Farmington was hurt by three errors that led to two unearned runs.

Farmington opened the season with a 17-0 win over Stark County.
Next up is a road trip Thursday to face Rushville-Industry.

Brimfield-Elmwood faced off with another area power Tuesday night, but after battling to a 3-3 tie, visiting Illini Bluffs (2-1) scored the last seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings for an 11-3 victory.

Ella Florey was 3-for-4 with two doubles and one run scored and Kierra Johnson had two hits for Brimfield-Elmwood.

Prior to that game, the Lady Indians (5-2) had won four straight contests.

Most recent was an 11-3 home win over Dunlap on Saturday. CJ Troxell went 3-for-4 at the plate, drove in four runs in the win and had one of two home runs for B-E, which racked up 11 hits overall. Kierra Johnson had the other Indians four-bagger.

Kate Yemm, Marissa Unes and Brooke Sumner each had two hits for B-E
Maddie Hessing got the win on the mound, allowing one hit and one run with seven strikeouts in four innings of work. Sumner and Yemm came out of the bullpen to help close out the victory.

Last Friday, the Lady Indians shout out Midwest Central, 11-0, as Sumner held the foes to just one hit in 5 innings of 10-strikeout pitching.

Johnson was a standout at the plate, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, while Florey was also 3-for-4, Hessing went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs and Unes scored twice and had a double.

Back on March 28, B-E had won 9-1 over visiting Dunlap. Yemm drove in four runs on three hits and belted a home run in the fifth inning. Florey also homered and went 3-for-5 with three runs scored.

Hessing pitched to the win, allowing three hits and one run in seven innings and fanning 14.


Princeville (2-3) belted four home runs on the road to help top Lowpoint-Washburn on Monday, 14-1.

Kinley McGinn had two of the bombs, driving in six runs overall.

Princeville scored eight runs in the third and finished with 13 hits. Three of those hits went to Mekaya Cihla, who also sent two balls out of the park, and two hits went to McKenna Roberts, who finished with four RBI. Greta Dwyer also had two hits for the Lady Princes.

Bridget Gilroy got the pitching win, fanning five in five innings and allowing three hits and one unearned run.

Princeville could have used some of those hits last Friday in a 1-0 loss at West Central. Kiara Cihla and Dwyer had the only hits for the Lady Princes and Gilroy was the hard-luck loser on the mound, allowing just two hits and no earned runs. She fanned five in four innings.

Princeville dropped the second game of the doubleheader at Biggsville, 4-3, despite outhitting West Central, 7-3.

McGinn and Mekaya Cihla each had two hits for Princeville.

Gilroy took the loss, surrendering a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth. She fanned seven.

Princeville is home vs. Mercer County Saturday.


ROWVA-Williamsfield (1-3) dropped a 12-3 contest at Farmington last Friday.

R-W gave up 11 hits and committed five errors during the non-conference loss.

Kataleena Hunt led R-W with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI and Olivia Farquer and Tieler Williams-Fouts had the Lady Cougars’ two other hits on the afternoon.

Ashlyn Murdock pitched two innings, yielding five runs, and Ava Landon finished the final four innings, giving up seven runs.

R-W was to play at Brimfield-Elmwood on Wednesday.