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Softball: Farmersville’s loss to Titans earns them second place and fifth seed in Division VI

Softball: Farmersville’s loss to Titans earns them second place and fifth seed in Division VI

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN

FARMERSVILLE – For the third time in four season the Aztecs are second best in the East Sierra League. Their 17-13 loss last Thursday handed the Orange Cove Titans their second straight undefeated ESiL title. While they couldn’t clinch a share there is a silver lining.

“I am very proud of my team,” Farmersville head coach Effie Romero said. “I wish it would have ended with a win, but I am very proud.”

A forfeit by Wonderful College Prep earlier in the week meant the Aztecs (19-5, 12-1) had all week to prepare for the rematch. However, nothing could prepare them for large number of errors they committed. In all Farmersville committed 15 in the field.

“The errors are usually what do hurt us in the end,” Romero said. “We will make errors, but we just can’t make too many and there were just too many made tonight.”

Through the first couple innings Farmersville limited the damage caused by their errors and only trailed 3-0. It was the third and fourth innings which got them into their first deficit.

With two outs a hard-hit ground ball came to Nathalia Navarro at short stop. Unable to field it cleanly she rushed to recover and make the throw to first. The throw went wide, and the inning was kept alive. One batter later the run scored because of another error making it 4-0.

After surrendering two more runs in the third inning making 6-0 the Aztecs showed some life at the plate. A double by Navarro scored Melissa Marquez for their first run of the game. Marquez had led off with an infield single. Another single by Edith Poblete brought in Navarro to make it 6-2.

Although, they got some momentum it was all undone in the fourth inning. The Titans brought another four runs across making it 10-2.

In that inning the Aztecs made a change which they hoped would spark their team back to life. Originally Sierra Gomez was scheduled to start in the circle for Farmersville. A piece of information Romero knew Orange Cove was betting on. To counter that Farmersville went with Vanessa Romero. The starter went three and one-third innings before her shoulder began to hurt.

“[Orange Cove has] been practicing this whole time for Sierra, so when we went with Vanessa it kind of threw them off a little,” coach Romero said.

Once Gomez came in it seemed the Aztecs stood a little taller out on the diamond. While the Titans still brought across three runs after the switch Farmersville went into their dugout with confidence.

It was demonstrated with their bats in the bottom of the fourth inning. Back-to-back doubles scored a run and put the Aztecs in scoring position. Two singles followed scoring two more to close the gap to 10-6. Then a double to center field by Mary Marmolejo which the Titan outfielder over ran brought in Karen Oropeza making it 10-7. The three-run difference would be the closest of the game as Marmolejo was tagged out in a run down between first and second ending the inning.

The top of the sixth inning was when the Titans sealed their victory. Although, aggressive base running and smart at bats played a part they had help from the Aztecs. Farmersville committed five errors during the inning. The most of any inning during the game. They allowed all seven runs to score as well.

Farmersville tried to spark a comeback in the sixth and seventh innings and got close with multiple base runners on. Yet, the deficit was too great, and the Titans just waited them out.

The postseason loss hurt Farmersville more than could be expected with a weak league schedule. Although, they still get a first round bye in Division VI with the fifth seed they will have to travel to face the No. 4-seeded Parlier Panthers on Friday.

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