Frackers set bar high with back-to-back SMWS trips
Farmington comes up short in title bid, losing in semifinals
BRIGHTON, Colo. — Although the Farmington Frackers came up shy of repeating as Stan Musial World Series champions today, the bar has been set high for the program in the future.
The team's first two years of existence have demonstrated that program officials expect to be on the big stage every summer.
“All you can look back on is how good the guys got. They got better as the season went on,” coach Jared Holley said. “We just couldn’t pull it together at the end, kind of lost some of our momentum. But yeah, just really proud of the guys. It’s pretty exciting that we won it the first year, then come to the semifinals the next.”
Although Farmington got off to a rough start in pool play, it regained some momentum with Friday’s split. The Frackers then pushed the Maryland Monsters for much of today’s SMWS semifinals.
Despite surrendering three go-ahead runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and ultimately falling 7-4, Farmington had clawed its way back into the championship conversation by the midway point in the game.
Despite dropping their first two pool play games, the Frackers reminded the rest of the group they were far from done.
Farmington’s offense may have altered its look from 2017 with a more balanced attack compared to its power-hitting lineup last year, but the Frackers still proved to be potent enough to spark another strong run.
“Coach Holley always gets good players. Didn’t go as well this year. But next year, (Farmington) definitely should be back here,” said designated hitter Alex DeVito, the lone returning player from last year’s roster. “I definitely loved spending my summers in Farmington the last two years. It was definitely a good experience. I got to travel and have some fun.”
Although he won’t return next summer, given he will be entering his senior season at NCAA Division II California State University at Chico, DeVito hopes the Frackers will continue drawing quality talent in order to remain SMWS contenders for seasons to come.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.