Aztecs pick up big win on the road

Farmersville’s Alexandra Hernandez pitches against Exeter.(Kason Clark)

Farmersville beats Exeter 8-1 to win its second straight game; Aztecs now stand at 4-4 this season

EXETER – After a 2-4 start to the year, Farmersville softball needed to find a spark to get back on track. The Aztecs first found some momentum with a 14-9 win over Mendota. Farmersville then made it two in a row with an 8-1 road win against the Exeter Monarchs this past Tuesday night.

As the Aztecs climbed back to 4-4, Farmersville assistant coach Albert Romero believes they played well across the board against the Monarchs on March 12.

“I think they had a solid performance. Everything was working for us today,” Romero said. “We didn’t have too many errors. I think that’s what we struggled with the last few games so we cleaned that up a little bit.”

As the Aztecs have now won two straight games to get back to .500, Alexis Hernandez believes they have found a much-needed spark at the plate.

“We were struggling with our bats for a long time so once we got them, that’s when we kicked in and just started going with the flow,” Hernandez said.

Along with the bats, Alexandra Hernandez had a strong game on the mound as she pitched through the whole contest allowing only one run.

“She was good and she was on today,” Romero said about Hernandez’s pitching performance. “Today we decided to hand it over to her and she went all seven innings to finish out the game.”

Against Exeter, the Farmersville offense broke through in the top of the second inning. After Alexis Hernandez opened the inning with a triple to right field, she scored on a sacrifice fly from Katiana Romero to give Farmersville the lead.

In the top of the fourth, Alexis Hernandez came through again for the Aztecs. With two runners on base, she hit a single to right field to drive in both runners to make it a 3-0 game. As their bats woke up, Alexis Hernandez and her teammates were motivated by the energy coming from the dugout.

“It has to be the encouragement from the dugout. I feel like if the dugout was quiet, nothing was going to get done,” Hernandez said. “When your teammates start to see that you’re sad and annoyed that you struck out, it’s going to go downhill from there so I feel like you have to keep a positive attitude about the whole thing.”

In the bottom of the fourth, the Monarchs responded when Avery Hupp scored on a fielder’s choice. But Exeter could not slow down the Aztecs. In the top of the fifth, Alexis Hernandez added onto the lead with a double to drive in a pair of runs to make it a 5-1 game. Katiana Romero followed that up with an RBI double to right field to add onto the lead.

In the seventh, Alexis Hernandez and Katiana Romero added another pair of hits to drive in a couple more runs to make the final score 8-1. Hernandez finished the contest with five RBIs while Romero recorded three RBIs for the Aztecs.

The Aztec victory puts an end to a five-game winning streak for the Exeter Monarchs, dropping them to 6-4 this season. After a heavy game load over the previous few days, Exeter head coach April Zamora expects the Monarchs to now get some rest in order to play better going forward.

“With six games in seven days, it’s tough on anybody so they’re tired,” Zamora said. “But they’ll bounce right back so we have another game coming up and we hope to get right back to it.”

As the Aztecs move forward, they will look to keep the bats hot. They will also focus on using the rest of the regular season to prepare its pitching rotation for the upcoming postseason.

“For pitching, we’re still trying to work that out,” Romero said. “We’ve got five pitchers that we’re trying to work out. I’m sure by the time we get to the playoffs, hopefully we’ll get productivity from all five. We’re hoping that we’re going to be able to lean on all five of them at the end.”

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