FARMINGTON – The mini ensemble of University of New Mexico Lobos in this year’s Farmington Frackers lineup mirrors the team’s makeup virtually to a T: a strong balance of power and speed.
Players like leadoff hitter Justin Watari add blazing speed across the base paths, easily turning a single into an extra-base hit.
Corner infielders Robby Campillo, Karl Koerper and Drew Marrufo add muscle at the plate, blasting hard, crisp shots into the outfield.
Watari said possessing both power and speed gives Farmington (9-0) multiple options to keep doing damage on offense.
“We all have pretty good eyes at the plate, drawing a lot of pitches and walks. And we trust our instincts on the base paths to advance into scoring position,” said Watari, who has three stolen bases and a .500 on-base percentage. “We play to our strengths. As you can see during the season right now, we’re undefeated.”
Although he knew to expect that mix of power and speed from the UNM group, Campillo said he didn’t know what the rest of Farmington’s personnel would be like coming in.
Sure enough, it became Farmington’s mold on the hitting end.
The example the UNM players set for the offense is rubbing off well on the other players, and it’s also creating difficult matchups for opposing defenses.
“I hope we can continue that for the rest of the season,” said Campillo, who’s batting a team-high .667, including a team-high .714 with runners in scoring position. “I think that how every team’s going to feel against us, one through nine. It doesn’t matter who’s playing. All of us will get it done. We’ve got to gel together. That’s what we talk about at UNM. The UNM guys just bring that to the Frackers. It’s been working so far.”
Watari said the UNM players have gelled with the rest of Farmington’s roster quickly, and the Frackers are playing with confidence because of it.
“It’s showing on the scoreboard,” Watari said.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.