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May 15, 2013

Farmington and North Farmington softball teams set for doubleheader

By K. Michelle Moran
C & G Sports Writer

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North Farmington’s Nikki Wald makes a play during a game earlier this season. Wald and the Raiders take on Farmington May 15 at 4:30 p.m.

FARMINGTON — Both coaches agreed that the past was just that: the past.

Besides, there’s enough in present day to serve as motivation when city rivals square off.

“It’s always a big game, anytime you play Farmington or Harrison,” North Farmington softball coach Dave Brubaker said of a May 15 doubleheader against Farmington, set for 4:30 p.m. at home. “We’re playing for a city championship. Bragging rights for the year and for this rivalry are always key.”

“It’s a rivalry game,” Falcons skipper Stephanie Volpe said. “That’s always a big game.”

The Raiders won all three meetings in 2012, including a district date that ended the season for Farmington.

“We’re not worried about that. It’s a new year with new players,” Volpe said. “They have a different pitcher, and we have some new girls in important roles. All that matters this time is who shows up and who is ready to go.”

“We’re focused on the right-now and what’s happening this season,” said Brubaker, whose team eliminated Farmington and then lost to Mercy in the district final. “Next year, we’ll look past this one, too. All that matters is two good programs going at it right now.”

At press time, though, the teams were heading in somewhat different directions.

North Farmington was 9-4 overall, (0-3 in Oakland Activities Association Red Division play).

The record includes four wins in the past five games.

“Alexa (Cherney) has done a nice job stepping in to pitch for us, and when we’ve played good defense, we’ve been successful,” Brubaker said. “The games we’ve lost, we’ve given good teams too many extra chances. I’m kind of in the dark as to what Farmington has, but we’re at our best when we worry about ourselves. That’s what we need to control. I’ve got enough gray hair doing that. I don’t need to worry about other teams.”

At press time, Farmington was 3-8 overall and 0-6 in division play.

“Right now, we’re looking for some momentum and consistency, and something to build on,” Volpe said. “Truthfully, we’re playing with our heads down, which you don’t want. We’ve been in a hole and need something to dig us out of it. Given a win or a couple good games against a team like North Farmington would be a huge confidence-builder for our girls.”

You can reach C & G Sports Writer K. Michelle Moran at kmoran@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1047.