STE. GENEVIEVE – Alyson Tucker stepped to the forefront on Thursday to help the Farmington softball team emerge from an extended power drought.
The senior all-state shortstop smashed her first two home runs of the season, and the Knights scored 11 runs with two outs in a 12-1 conference victory at Ste. Genevieve.
Senior catcher Hannah Boeckman added a three-run shot for Farmington (5-5, 4-1), which had not gone deep even once in nine previous contests.
The victory kept the Knights within a game of first-place North County in the loss column as the MAAA regular season continues shaping into be a two-team race.
Tucker finished 3-for-4 overall, and immediately opened the scoring by driving the second offering from Dragons hurler Alyssa Huber over the fence in left-center field.
Freshman Bralea McClain was also 3-for-4, and every batter in the Farmington order produced at least one hit to compile 18 overall.
Sophia White allowed seven walks, but was otherwise strong in a complete game two-hitter. The junior right-hander yielded just one run while striking out seven.
Ste. Genevieve (4-6, 2-3) pulled even at 1-1 on an RBI single by Lydia Koetting in the third inning after Lauren Pecaut drew a lead-off walk and Britani Clanton doubled to left.
Huber was on the verge of escaping a bases-loaded situation in the fourth after giving up three straight singles to Emily Briese, Jocelyn Cunningham and Allyson Helms.
She fielded a comebacker with two outs, but an accurate throw to first base was dropped. Tucker then ripped a two-RBI double to create a 4-1 Farmington edge.
The Dragons turned a pair of double plays started by Clanton at third base and Kaitlyn Abt at shortstop. The latter one erased a lead-off hit by White in the fifth.
But the Knights generated six two-out hits against Clanton, starting with a Briese double that was nearly caught on a tough chance in shallow left field.
Cunningham’s RBI single preceded a double by Helms, and Boeckman launched her first home run down the left-field line to make it 8-1.
Tucker, who led the MAAA with 10 home runs last fall, drilled her second of the game two batters later with McClain aboard.
McClain doubled ahead of RBI hits from Hannah Wood and White in the Farmington seventh.
Boeckman caught a runner stealing to stop a Ste. Genevieve scoring chance in the opening frame. White struck out the side in the sixth, and was backed by errorless defense.