Farmington High fell 10-5 to South Lyon East in a Division 1 regional semifinal June 8 at Hartland High. Pictured, Farmington’s Delanie Butler takes a swing against North Farmington during a district final game.

Farmington High fell 10-5 to South Lyon East in a Division 1 regional semifinal June 8 at Hartland High. Pictured, Farmington’s Delanie Butler takes a swing against North Farmington during a district final game.

Photo by Brian Sevald


Farmington High softball finds success, eager for future

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published June 12, 2019

 Farmington High’s Taryn Fuller runs to first base during a district final game against North Farmington. The Falcons end the year at 23-8 overall.

Farmington High’s Taryn Fuller runs to first base during a district final game against North Farmington. The Falcons end the year at 23-8 overall.

Photo by Brian Sevald

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FARMINGTON — After falling 10-5 to South Lyon East in a Division 1 regional semifinal June 8 at Hartland High, the Farmington High softball team huddled up for the final time this season.

There was laughter, reflection, goodbyes to seniors and a celebration of all the Falcons had accomplished this season.

The Falcons ended the year as D-1 district champions and Oakland Activities Association White Division champions, while collecting a record of 23-8.

“We had a lot to celebrate. We’re a very young team, so most of us are coming back, so it wasn’t like a big goodbye kind of thing,” coach Stefanie Volpe said of her team’s final huddle. “Overall, it was just, ‘Hey, let’s not make this our last time in a regional, but if we’re going to be in another regional, we have to improve and come back better than we were.’”

The road will only get tougher for the Falcons, who will be entering the OAA Red next season. Volpe likes the fact that her team will be challenged every game.

The Falcons had some success against OAA Red opponents this year, winning two of three games against North Farmington, while also defeating Troy Athens 14-1.

“I think that’s what we need. I think in our league, going 11-1, some of those games were easy and some of those games were hard,” Volpe said. “Whenever we were challenged, that’s when we tensed up and that’s when we tightened up and didn’t really play to our capabilities. The fact that we know that we’re going to go to Oxford and go to Clarkston and have to compete and not have a relaxing day will help us compete at districts and help us compete at a regional level should we make it again.”

Farmington’s roster won’t change much from this year, as it loses just two seniors and returns the entire starting lineup.

With that being said, Volpe noted that the team would be hungry to have postseason success again. Volpe made sure to note that getting back to a regional may not happen again, so she believes the taste they got this year will fuel next year’s group.

“I’m already putting a list of things together that we need to work on,” Volpe said. “We’re going to bring back pretty much our entire starting lineup, which will be good. But the message I left to them was, ‘You can’t return as who you were. You got to come back as you were and better.’”

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