Friday's victory comes when team erases 9-0 deficit

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FARMINGTON — As unsettling as the first part of Friday’s nightcap game was, it served to remind the Farmington Frackers they must keep their guard up at all times.

Farmington overcame a 9-0 deficit to beat the Nevada Jays 12-9, also avoiding what could have been the team's first-ever mercy-rule loss. The Frackers are aware they can’t put  themselves in those kinds of situations during this part of the season.

"It shows you can't take any game for granted. We've got to play hard every single out," centerfielder Tye Holliday said. "(The deficit) made us sick because we realized that we needed to get together, focus up and play some baseball."

Farmington looks to defend its Stan Musial World Series title at the end of this month in Greeley, Colorado, which puts a giant target on its back. And the Friday game served as a good teaching tool.

"It's definitely good that we saw some adversity like that. When you're down nine runs, not a lot of people believe in you that you can come back," coach Jared Holley said. "This team's really resilient. (Friday's game) was pretty exciting to watch. It was good to see that we could overcome (that deficit)."

Despite being down 9-0, the Frackers didn't collapse. Farmington generated key hits in the fifth inning, thanks to Josh Glenn's 2-run home run and Alex DeVito's grand slam.

"We grind it out to the end until we win," Glenn said. "Honestly, I don't think it'll happen again. We understood what we needed to do."

The Frackers also came through with some critical defensive stops. After Justin Watari pump-faked and didn't try to complete a 6-4-3 double play, he quickly spotted a Jays runner gunning for third base and threw him out.

Farmington is being proactive on offense and defense. Every base hit counts. Every play in the field counts.

With the Frackers keeping their guard up on each play, they keep the pressure on opponents.

"We have to fight back all the way to the end. You always hope to limit the damage," Holliday said. "(Friday's deficit) put us on our toes because we can get beat by anybody at any moment. It's going to be in the back of our minds."

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.

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