Frackers dominant through first half of season

Frackers outscoring opponents by nearly seven runs per game

Karl Schneider
Farmington Daily Times
  • The Frackers are 20-1 through their first 21 games this season.
  • They've averaged more than 10 runs per game during the stretch.

FARMINGTON — More than halfway through their season, the Farmington Frackers keep rolling through opponents.

Charlie Bartlett, right, is greeted at met at home plate by teammate Alex DeVito after hitting a home run against the Highlanders on Friday at Ricketts Park in Farmington.

After 21 games this season, the team has only felt the sting of defeat once, dropping an 8-7 decision in extra innings to the Southern-California based UBA Diplomats on June 23.

"They've definitely exceeded my expectations. These guys are pretty good," Frackers coach Jared Holley said.

During the 20-1 stretch, the Frackers have averaged 10.7 runs per game and have outscored opponents by an average of almost seven runs.

The offensive firepower has been a staple of the Frackers since the start of the season. And while the runs kept piling up, the team's defense and pitching became better and better.

Helping the Frackers has been the chemistry they quickly found. During a series with the Nevada Jays, Dominic DeMarco, a product of Silver City who plays collegiately for Cochise College, said the team jelled quickly in part because of the familiarity most of the players had with each other prior to coming here.

"We've got a lot of New Mexico guys I played high school summer ball with, and it's a really good experience. It's been an awesome experience. All this feels like home," DeMarco said. "We've been playing for two weeks, but it feels like we've been playing two or three years. All of the guys know each other, and it's just a good time. We feel like a family, which is hard to come by."

Jesse Becton rounds third base after hitting a home run against the Highlanders on Friday at Ricketts Park in Farmington.

The past experiences playing with each other certainly helped, but outfielder Jesse Becton, who plays for New Mexico Junior College, said he thinks the camaraderie the players have created comes as much from their shared personalities as much as anything.

"I think we mesh pretty good. We're all just a bunch of goofballs having fun and playing baseball," Becton said. "It's a game, and you've got to have fun."

After wrapping up their series with the Highlanders of Southern California on Sunday, the Frackers will have 14 more games left on the schedule before traveling to Seattle for the Stan Musial World Series July 23-29.

"The competition isn't going to be that much different than what we're facing," Holley said. "There might be a few more (pitchers) we'll have to face, but overall, this is probably one of the better summer teams I've been a part of."

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.