FARMINGTON — The Farmington Frackers are in a good position at the Stan Musial World Series after winning their first two games at the series in Seattle.
In their two games, a 9-4 win over the Seattle Governors Monday and a 5-4 win over the Seattle Dudes today, the Frackers had to come back from early deficits. They trailed 4-0 against the Governors after the first inning and fell behind 4-2 to the Dudes in the second inning.
"It's been a little bit of a slow start. I think some of our guys are a little bit out of their element — a lot of them haven't even been out of the state before, so flying out to the Northwest, it's an environment they're not used to," Frackers coach Jared Holley said. "The pitching we're facing is really good. It's probably some of the better pitching we've seen all summer, but our guys are handling it really well."
In both games, the Frackers' offense exploded in the seventh inning. Against the Governors, the Frackers got seventh-inning home runs from Daniel Herrera, Luke Laurita and Alex DeVito to turn a 4-4 tie into a 9-4 lead.
Then, against the Dudes, the Frackers trailed 4-2 in the seventh and couldn't get much going at the plate for the bulk of the game.
"(The Dudes) kept coming out of the bullpen with lefties, so we kept getting lefty-on-lefty matchups," Holley said. "Then in the seventh inning, we had two guys on, and they brought in a submarine right hander, and we felt like that was a good matchup with our lefties."
Eddy Vasquez entered the game as a pinch hitter and doubled off the wall to drive in two runs. In the next at-bat, Matt Martin hit a ground ball single through the infield to score Vasquez and give the Frackers a 5-4 lead.
The Frackers moved into the third round of the SMWS and will play again Wednesday afternoon with a trip to the semifinals on the line. Holley said the Frackers have gotten strong performances from the pitching staff, giving up four runs per game, and if the rotation and bullpen keep performing, the Frackers could be tough to beat.
"Thursday and Friday, those are the games we have to win," Holley said. "If our pitchers keep giving us those outings, we're going to be fine."
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.