Softball: Farmersville Aztecs’ youth continues to be shaky in first year of East Sequoia League play
Runners left on base, and throwing errors continue to plague Farmersville in big games
By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
FARMERSVILLE – The Aztecs, during their first year as members of the East Sequoia League, have performed well enough to pull into third place. Yet, their 9-3 loss to the first place Corcoran Panthers proved their inexperienced has hindered their development when coming up against ESL front runners.
“We have to get things straightened out before we make our playoff run,” Farmersville assistant coach Albert Romero said.
A pair of errors by Farmersville (12-9, 5-4) in the third inning permitted Corcoran (11-5, 8-0) to take a 3-2 lead. A wide throw by third baseman Janae Contreras to first allowed Corcoran to get into scoring position at second. The next Corcoran batter laid down a bunt which was fielded by first baseman Savannah Gonzalez. She attempted to tag the batter, but missed, allowing the runner on second to score making it 2-1.
It kept the inning alive for Corcoran, and shortly after they had the bases loaded. A simple single to right field scored two runs for the Panthers and gave them the lead 3-2.
Farmersville was unable to retake the lead, but it wasn’t as if they didn’t have opportunities. The score had moved to 5-3 by the bottom of the fifth. During that frame Farmersville had bases loaded with one out, and that is how they stayed. Corcoran retired the next two Farmersville batters to end the inning.
“Batting seems to be our main problem right now,” Romero said. “We’ve got the same hitting power as any other team. It’s just getting it out of them.”
The Aztecs will now have a week off before traveling to play the Strathmore Spartans on April 25 at 4 p.m.