Farmington High’s Taryn Fuller makes a throw against North Farmington May 20. The Falcons beat the Raiders 15-0.

Farmington High’s Taryn Fuller makes a throw against North Farmington May 20. The Falcons beat the Raiders 15-0.

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Farmington High softball finding success

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published May 26, 2021


FARMINGTON — Though COVID-19 took a season away from spring sports teams around the state last year, the Farmington High softball team hasn’t felt much sting.

After winning the Oakland Activities Association White Division title and Division 1 district championship in 2019, the Falcons have put themselves in position to reach those goals again.

Now in the OAA Red, Farmington is eager to prove it belongs in the higher division. With playoffs just around the corner, the Falcons also have some hardware to defend. At press time, they were 22-5 overall.

“I think they understand the expectations. We had a very good year in 2019, winning a league and winning the district championship,” Farmington coach Stefanie Volpe said. “They had a winning mindset, they had a winning attitude, so it was easy to pick back up on where we left off.”

Volpe’s squad in 2019 was centered around a wealth of freshmen and sophomores, which made this year’s group nearly the same, but with more experience.

At 22-5 overall, the bats have played a pivotal role in helping Farmington build such an impressive record. Through 27 games, the Falcons are averaging just under nine runs per contest, and just nine of their 22 wins have come by three runs or fewer.

In the field, Farmington is allowing opponents to score around 4.5 runs per game. The combination of strong defense and productive at-bats allowed Farmington to open the season winning 17 of 18 games.

After a three-game losing streak in mid-May, the Falcons have bounced back to win five of their last six contests, including a 15-0 victory over rival North Farmington May 20.

“I think we’re playing with a lot of confidence overall,” Volpe said. “Wherever the ball is hit, they’re going to make a play, whoever is up to bat, they’re going to get the hit. There’s a lot of confidence rolling around with every player and all the coaches.”

There’s no question winning is important, but Volpe is also looking to challenge her team, and she noted that being in the OAA Red is just what her club needed.

As the regular season nears its end and the postseason approaches, it’s safe to say that her team has stepped up to the plate and tackled the challenge.

Volpe knows playing in a tougher league will only help her team when the playoffs begin in early June. The Falcons will open with a familiar foe in North Farmington.

On the other side of the bracket are Farmington Hills Mercy, Novi High and Livonia Stevenson. Mercy was ranked No. 6 in the most recent edition of the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Poll.

Stevenson is also having a strong year, sitting at 18-8 overall, while Novi earned honorable mention honors in the last MHSSCA poll.

Volpe and the Falcons know defending their title will be challenging, but they aren’t backing down from any team. They have the idea that they are going to win and try to improve upon their 2019 results.

“I think we can compete with them,” Volpe said of the tough teams in the district. “When it comes to district time, mistakes can’t happen. Mistakes, if you have them, it’ll cost you. That’s how the postseason typically is.”