By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
LINDSAY – Monday’s matchup between Farmersville and Lindsay has two meanings for the Aztecs. One was revenge as they had lost to the Cardinals 9-6 the last time they took the field. The other was preparation for next season when Farmersville joins the East Sequoia League. Both were fulfilled as Farmersville out hit the Cardinals 17-3.
“Lindsay is one of our biggest rivals and will continue to be when we join their league next season,” Farmersville head coach Effie Romero said.
The Aztecs (3-2) wasted no time in the top of the first inning getting on the scoreboard. With a runner on base, Karen Oropeza stepped up to the plate and blasted a two-run homerun over the right field fence to make it 2-0. Later, she hit her second homerun of the contest. She also achieved two more runs. One came during the six-run fourth inning which put the game out of reach for the Cardinals (3-4).
“I am proud of everyone on this team,” Oropeza said. “We definitely played a better game against them than the last time.”
Oropeza is not a stranger to hitting homeruns. However, they have always remained in the park. For coach Romero to see her best hitter now getting under the ball is a welcoming sight.
“To see these two go out was really impressive,” Romero said.
Before the game began, Romero told her team that hits were going to be a huge factor in this game. Even with the early firepower, Farmersville had to wait two innings to add some more runs. In the top of the third inning, they added four. The last two came on a double to left field from Natali Cortes. One run scored on the hit. The second came in on a throwing error at the plate which allowed Savannah Gonzalez to score to make it 6-1. Cortes took third on the error.
The Cardinals continued to dig themselves into a deeper and deeper hole as the game went on. Throwing errors and bad pitch selection was a regular occurrence. In the bottom of the first, however, the game looked to unfold a different way. Lindsay hit a homerun which pulled them within one of the lead. Although the recent success that Lindsay had against Farmersville began to lull them into complacency.
“We were just too overconfident,” Lindsay assistant coach Ray Serda said. “We came off a win against them and we acted like we had won the game before it even started.”
The early and abundant runs helped Farmersville pitcher Sierra Gomez relax into a rhythm. Through the first couple of innings, she only gave up the one earned run. To Romero, her pitcher looked more confident on the mound than in previous starts.
Farmersville will continue their road trip tomorrow night against another ESL opponent. They will take on the Woodlake Tigers at 3:30 p.m.
Lindsay will have some time to prepare for another rivalry game. On Monday, March 12, they will take on the undefeated Exeter Monarchs at 4 p.m.