Local team will face En Fuego in championship game
FARMINGTON — The Farmington Frackers are one win away from capturing the title at the Stan Musial World Series in Seattle.
The Frackers rolled past Seattle-based En Fuego 12-0 on Wednesday to put them in the semifinals against the Seattle Governors this afternoon, and the local squad cruised to a 9-1 victory.
The lopsided wins in the quarters and semis were a change of pace for the Frackers, who struggled to find their offense until late in their first two games of the series.
"We put up some good runs these last (two) games," Frackers coach Jared Holley said. "We're starting to come together hitting and getting back to how we were hitting over at Ricketts (Park)."
The Frackers had a bit of a slow start against the Governors, but in the fourth inning, Charlie Bartlett smoked a two-run home run to break the scoreless tie.
The Frackers added three more runs in the inning to blow the game open.
While the offense started rolling, pitcher Taed Haydinger kept the Governors in check.
"Taed threw a heck of a game," Holley said. "He had a no-hitter going for a while. Taed pitched his butt off."
The Frackers will face En Fuego in the championship Friday afternoon. Holley said the team should enter the game with plenty of confidence, but he expects improved pitching from En Fuego compared to what the Frackers saw in Wednesday's meeting.
"They should have some better pitching. They didn't pitch their best on Wednesday, so we should be seeing someone good (Friday)," Holley said. "We're not going to get caught by surprise, hopefully. We should be coming out confident, but not too confident."
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.