Farmington High’s Lily Morrissette eyes a pitch against Birmingham Seaholm May 16. The Falcons won 7-3.

Farmington High’s Lily Morrissette eyes a pitch against Birmingham Seaholm May 16. The Falcons won 7-3.

Photo by Donna Dalziel


Youth movement leading Farmington High softball

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published May 20, 2019

 Farmington High’s Madilyn Beckwith runs the bases against Birmingham Seaholm May 16. At press time, the Falcons were 16-4 overall.

Farmington High’s Madilyn Beckwith runs the bases against Birmingham Seaholm May 16. At press time, the Falcons were 16-4 overall.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

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FARMINGTON — Looking at the Farmington High softball roster, one thing stands out right away: The Falcons are a young team.

They have five freshmen and seven sophomores, paired with a junior and two seniors. With all that inexperience, one would think the Falcons have struggled to find momentum.

Sure, they’ve hit some bumps along the way, but the Falcons’ young core has risen to just about every challenge that has been presented thus far. At press time, Farmington was 16-4 overall and 10-0 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

“Our goals (were) to have a winning record and come out strong, be positive all the way through, always keep that intensity high and win,” sophomore Ciara Braska said.

The success wouldn’t be possible without the way the Falcons have been swinging the bats. Through 20 games, they’ve scored 200 runs.

Coach Stefanie Volpe has enjoyed the way her lineup has produced from top to bottom and noted that it’s been hard to put a lineup together at times because of the number of quality options she has to choose from.

With a young pitching staff, having a lineup that can consistently produce runs has been invaluable.

“It is nice to have a strong lineup, because everyone can play a role; everyone can do their role,” Braska said.

That high-powered offense has put the Falcons in the hunt for an OAA White title. With an unblemished record in league play, Farmington currently sits atop the division.

To claim that title, Volpe believes her team needs to continue hitting the ball well and play solid defense behind the pitchers.

“Winning any sort of championship is great,” Volpe said. “With the OAA, winning your league would mean being bumped up into the Red Division next year, which would help us be challenged by opponents every day. We already know that we can compete in the White Division.  We need the challenge. These girls need the challenge. Playing the stronger competition would help prepare us for competing further in the postseason.”

As the season has progressed, the Falcons’ confidence has grown, and they’ve started to believe that they can make some noise not only in the league, but in the state playoffs as well.

The Falcons will meet West Bloomfield High in the opening round of districts June 1 at home. The winner will match up with either Farmington Hills Mercy or North Farmington. Farmington defeated West Bloomfield earlier in the year and has split two games with the Raiders.

“I’m just excited,” Volpe said. “I work at Total Sports, so I’ve given lessons to a lot of these kids for years, and when you know about them, you’re excited to be with them. You’re excited to coach them. I’ve looked forward to having some of them be a part of this. I’m glad they’re here. I’m glad that we’re building this team and creating what could be a very strong rest of this season and a really strong future.”

Catch the Falcons on the field at 4:30 p.m. May 23 at Troy Athens.

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