Farmersville Aztecs survive Orosi comeback

Farmersville softball holds on for an 16-11 win over the Orosi Cardinals, Aztecs are now off to a 2-0 start in the East Sequoia-Redwood League

Orosi’s Katelyn Zamora runs the bases on the road against Farmersville. (Kason Clark)
Orosi’s Katelyn Zamora runs the bases on the road against Farmersville. (Kason Clark)
Kason Clark
Published April 17, 2024  • 
11:30 am

FARMERSVILLE – Every time Farmersville and Orosi softball have faced off this season, it has been an offensive battle, and that was no different this past Tuesday night in Farmersville. 

The Aztecs first got rolling as they jumped out to a 10-2 lead, but the Cardinals grabbed momentum to come back and tie the game, 11-11, heading to the bottom of the sixth inning. After letting the lead slip away, the Aztec got right back to work at the plate to retake the lead in the sixth. Farmersville then held on for the 16-11 win over Orosi on April 16. 

While his team let the Cardinals back into the game, Farmersville assistant coach Albert Romero liked what he saw from the Aztecs. 

“Overall, I think we played a well-rounded game,” Romero said. “We lost a little bit of momentum towards the end when they brought it right back into the game…but for the most part, it was a good game for the girls.”

After holding off the Cardinals, the Aztecs improved to 10-8 overall and 2-0 in the East Sequoia-Redwood League. It was the third time the Aztecs faced the Cardinals this year after two non-league games earlier in the season. The Aztecs also had to hold on in those contests as they won by scores of 12-11 and 13-12. 

“This season, we’ve battled back and forth with Orosi,” Romero said. “We’re a pretty good, evenly matched team with them, so I think it’s one of those things where they know our number and we know their numbers, so it’s just a battle that goes back and forth between us.”

Against the Cardinals this time around, the Aztecs struck first in the bottom of the first. After working her way to third base, Emily Alatorre scored on a passed ball to give Farmersville the lead. Later in the inning, Alexis Hernandez drove in another run with a triple to center field. She then scored on a fielder’s choice to make it a 3-0 lead for the Aztecs.

Orosi got on the board in the second when Mariana Rivera scored on a fielder’s choice. But the Aztecs got right back to work in the bottom of the inning. First, Hernandez drove in another run with an RBI double. Janessa Garza then extended the lead to 5-1 with an RBI triple to center. 

In the third, Orosi’s Nicole Melchor cut the deficit to 5-2 with an RBI double to left. But the Aztecs dominated the third inning to build a sizable lead. Alatorre got it started with an RBI single to left. Emma Cass then stole home plate to extend the lead to 7-2.

An Orosi error allowed Alatorre to score to extend Farmersville’s lead. Alexandra Hernandez followed that up with an RBI triple to center to make it a 9-2. She then scored on a passed ball to give the Aztecs a 10-2 lead. 

“We’ve been working together and we’ve been doing good,” Alexandra Hernandez said about Farmersville’s bats. “We’ve been connecting with the ball with our bats and we’re being positive about it.”

Despite the deficit, the Cardinals did not waver and they began to climb back into the game. In the fourth, RBI singles from Katelyn Zamora and Izabelah Aguilar cut the deficit to 10-5. In the bottom of the fourth, Alatorre scored when she stole home plate and pushed the lead to 11-5. But momentum was beginning to shift towards the Cardinals. 

In the fifth, Rivera scored on an error for the Cardinals. Joceline Mendoza then scored on a fielder’s choice to cut the deficit to 11-7. Bellamir Garcia got Jasmine Lupian home on a sacrifice fly to now make it an 11-8 lead for the Aztecs. Later in the sixth, a bases-loaded walk got Rivera home for another run. Zamora then drove in a pair of runs with a single to left to tie the game, 11-11, after Orosi trailed by eight runs earlier in the game. 

After letting the lead slip away, the Aztecs refocused in the bottom of the sixth. They first retook the lead when Jolina Castaneda scored on a sacrifice fly from Iris Salazar. Alatorre then scored on a passed ball to extend the lead to 13-11. Alexandra Hernandez drove in another run with a single to right to make it a 14-11 lead. After losing the lead, the Aztecs were back in control. 

“We gave them the momentum so we started cheering and started talking up again,” Alexandra Hernandez said about taking back momentum from the Cardinals. “And we were able to take the win.”

The Aztecs built on their momentum with a couple more runs for insurance. After getting on base, Alexis Hernandez and Garza scored on a pair of passed balls to make it a 16-11 lead. The Aztecs then got three outs in the seventh to close out the game and drop Orosi to 2-18 overall and 0-2 in league play this season. 

As they head into the rest of their league schedule, the Aztecs will look to build off their 2-0 start to league play. While the bats have been rolling so far, Romero knows the Aztecs need to close out games better if they are going to remain competitive in the East Sequoia-Redwood League this spring. 

“We have to learn to finish our games,” Romero said. “We were on a roll and we let the momentum shift. With that little bit of a momentum shift, they were able to bring it right back but we were able to close out the game.”

Kason Clark