Exeter baseball opened league play on Friday, March 16 and has gone 1-2 with its first win coming from Immanuel.

The Monarchs found a 4-8 victory when they hosted the Eagles on Friday, March 23. Exeter started the scoring with four runs in the bottom of the second. Sam Williford got things started when he reached first on a walk and was moved over by Exeter pitcher Cody Williams' double. Chris Parker knocked them both in with a two RBI double and made it to home himself thanks to an RBI single by Jonathan Phillips. Patrick Hutcheson singled in Philips for the fourth and final run of the inning.

But Exeter gave back a run at the top of the third on a dropped two-out flyball. Immanuel returned the favor in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Phillips got to first base on an error. With Phillips running on the pitch, Brandon Edmonds hit a fly ball to centerfield. Immanuel's centerfielder misplayed the ball and Philips made it around the bases to score from first.

Exeter's defense continued to crush Immanuel's efforts at the plate and scored two more in the fourth inning on a leadoff single by Patrick Hutcheson, an RBI double by Jack Griggs, then sacrifice flyballs by Williford and Williams to bring Griggs home.

Immanuel gave the Monarchs a scare in the top of the sixth, scoring three runs on five singles and a wild pitch. The Monarchs responded with a run in the bottom of the inning on a walk and another Immanuel error.

Williams pitched the win and struck out 10 batters to pace the Exeter defense despite giving up 11 hits.

The Monarchs gave up only two errors in the win after giving a perfect defensive game on Thursday, March 22 against Selma.

Perfect fielding led to a battle of the bats in Exeter and Selma's makeup league game on Thursday, March 22. The Central Sequoia League game was postponed due to rain on Tuesday, March 20 but the performance was worth the wait.

Both teams gave a flawless performance on the field for an errorless game and strong pitching from both bullpens.

Exeter's Williford and Selma's Chris Pena each pitched well enough to keep both teams in the game according to Exeter coach Steve Garver. But Pena gave the Bears the edge as he struck out 13 batters and held the Monarchs scoreless.

Selma brought in the game's only runs in the top of the fourth on a walk and an Austin Davis homerun. Williford then settled down to hold Selma scoreless for the rest of the game, including a Griggs to Hutcheson to Edmonds double play to squash a scoring threat and end the inning in the sixth.

Exeter was only able to get one runner in scoring position once in the game, on a Jack Griggs leadoff double at the bottom of the fifth. But the Monarchs were unable to bring him in and Exeter fell in a final score of 2-0.

The Monarchs will face the Bears in Selma at 7 p.m. on April 13 for the second round of league.

This week, the Monarchs hosted Kingsburg on Tuesday and traveled to Coalinga on Friday for a league contest. The Monarchs will face a large pool of non-league teams from Saturday, March 31 to Wednesday, April 4 at the 23rd annual Visalia-Tulare Invitational

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