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Local teams take swing at playoffs

Local teams take swing at playoffs

By Patrick Dillon

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exeter, farmersville – With the regular season now over teams from around the area get set for the post season. Both of the Exeter Monarchs baseball and softball teams reached the playoffs in D-IV. Also, the Farmerville Aztec softball team also qualified for the D-VI playoffs.

Monarchs step up to the plate

The Exeter Monarchs (19-10; 5-5) have won three out of their last four games to finish off the season, ending with a 7-4 win on the road over the Dinuba Emperors (16-11; 6-4) on May 11. That win gave the Monarchs a fourth place finish in the Central Sequoia League (CSL) and a home playoff game after receiving the sixth seed in the D-IV playoffs.

“All the players have stepped up their game and we are enjoying this momentum going into the playoffs,” said Exeter head Coach Karen Ziebak. “We are taking it one game at a time.”

In the Monarchs game against the Emperors, Exeter held a 3-2 lead for much of the game. In the bottom of the fifth inning Exeter was able to extend their lead to 5-2 when a sacrifice fly ball to center by Kenedi Baxter-Jones scored Corinne Acosta.

After the Emperors added two in the bottom of the fifth the Monarchs came right back and added two in the top of the sixth inning. With Acosta and Jaycie Wiklinson on base Katelyn Kirkman came up with the game winning hit driving both runners in to go up 6-4.

In the bottom of the seventh Baxter-Jones homered over right-center to put the nail in the coffin.

While the hitting was on point for the Monarchs, the pitching from Katee Davidson showed her dedication. Even after a line drive back at the mound struck her in the knee and brought her to the ground. Davidson continued on to finish the game. In the game Davidson had five strike outs, four walks, and eight hits.

Kirkman led the Monarchs at the plate going two for two with two RBIs and scored a run.

Exeter hosted the eleventh seed Mt. Whitney Pioneers (8-18; 1-11) on Tuesday, May 16th of which the final happened after press time. The hope is to advance to take on the CSL Champions third seed Selma Bears (16-7-1; 10-0) on Thursday, May 18.

Exeter to face Dos Palos

By winning five of their last seven games, including one over the eventual Central Sequoia League (CSL) Champions, Exeter’s baseball team (17-10; 8-7) finished in a tie for third. In the Monarchs final game against the Dinuba Emperors (7-21; 1-14) it took twelve innings to get the win 4-2. With the third place finish Exeter received the fifth seed in the D-IV playoffs.

When Exeter scored a run in the top of the fourth inning to tie up the game at 2-2 little did they know that was going to be the last in regulation. Caleb Reynoso got his only hit of the game, a single, in the top of the eighth inning to drive in the game winning run as well as an insurance run.

Now the Monarchs will host the twelfth seeded Dos Palos Broncos (10-16; 7-3) out of the West Sierra League. The Broncos finished in a tie for second and are riding a two game winning streak.

Aztecs set for D-VI

For the third straight season the Farmersville Aztecs miss out on the East Sierra League (ESiL) Championship. A 9-1 loss to the Orange Cove Titans (18-10; 14-0) meant the Aztecs took second for the second time in three seasons. That finish gave the Aztecs the fourth seed in the D-VI playoffs.

Farmersville hosts the Mendota Aztecs (11-15-1; 5-5) from the West Sierra League (WSiL), on May 18 beginning at 4:00 pm. Mendota finished in fourth place in the WSiL and has only one win in their last five games.

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