By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
FARMERSVILLE – It took a couple innings for the Lindsay Cardinals to get their heads in last Friday’s East Sequoia League contest against the Farmersville Aztecs. Once they did Lindsay’s offense exploded to a 16-7 win.
“We weren’t too happy with how we started, but anytime we get a win we are pleased,” Lindsay head coach Brett Kendig said.
Lindsay’s (6-7, 3-2) slow start was a result of distractions caused by senior exit interviews and other student requirements. According to Kendig, the week of preparation was far below the expectations the Cardinals had become accustomed to.
The rustiness first showed up in the Cardinals defense during the first couple innings. A couple misjudged throws extended the innings, and in the second Farmersville (1-11-1, 0-5) took a 3-0 lead.
“When you don’t have a good week of practice it shows defensively,” Kendig said.
Kendig reminded his team to be patient, and to just put the ball into play.
Lindsay began to do just that in the top of the third inning with a single by Nick Dunning which scored the Cardinals’ first run.
The next batter Julio Godoy took home on a wild pitch.
Then a pitch later Eric Lemus, gave Lindsay the lead for good after a two-run double to left field made the score 4-3.
Lemus went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and also scored a run.
Now with the lead Lindsay’s defense began to play up to their potential, and turned their first of three double plays in the bottom of the fourth.
Even Lindsay’s bench got in on the action. Alex Garcia entered the game in the third inning and ended up with a 1-for-2 night which included two RBIs and he scored two runs.
“It was good to see a guy come off he bench and be a spark plug,” Kendig said.
This is Lindsay’s third win in a row. They are now in a deadlock for second place in the ESL with their arch rivals the Strathmore Spartans. According to Kendig, one break for either team could be the difference in a rivalry which has seen some close games in recent years.
Lindsay played Strathmore last Tuesday night. Results were reached after press time.
Farmersville might have let their first lead in an ESL game slip away, but head coach Freddie Lopez was still pleased with how his team performed.
“We are finally playing some baseball,” Lopez said.
Farmersville totaled seven hits in their loss. It is the most they have gotten this season, and considering the Aztecs only have two starting seniors it truly shows their improvement.
Farmersville hosted another struggling ESL team, the Woodlake Tigers, last night. Results were reached after press time.