Farmington's Maddie Muelken was one of three Tigers selected to the Class 4A All-Tournament team. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Farmington, seeded fifth in the state tournament, had one of the most unlikely roads to the Class 4A state title game.
Having to face No. 1 Chanhassen in the semifinals after the Storm had lost just one game in regular season is a daunting task alone. Add in the fact the Tigers' ace, Maddie Muelken, was battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma all season and a stake at the championship seemed highly unlikely.
But Muelken and Farmington persevered, shutting out the Storm 2-0 and No. 2 Anoka 1-0 in 10-inning walk-off fashion for the program's first-ever title a day later. Three members of the Tigers landed selections on the Class 4A all-tournament team in Muelken, Emma Frost and Emily Berdan.
Muelken pitched every inning of the tournament, posting a 0.58 earned run average and went nine scoreless innings against the 2017 Ms. Softball recipient, Anoka's Amber Elliott, who also earned all-tournament honors.
Frost, a sophomore third baseman, hit the game-winning home run in the championship game; a testament to her .455 batting average and Class 4A high four runs scored during the tournament.
Berdan led the Class 4A field with six RBI and played a hand in one of the two runs during the Tigers' shutout of Chanhassen.
Jenna King and LeeAnna Nevin join teammate Elliott on the all-tournament team, while the Storm boast two selections in Jessica Bren and Kali O’Keeffe.
The all-tournament teams are selected by a panel of coaches attending the tournament.