Losing the first game Friday night while battling through poor conditions, the Farmersville softball team had to fight down 1-0 in the bi-district round.
They showed their perseverance on Saturday, winning their final two games to take the series 2-1 over Kaufman and advance to the area round. After losing 11-8 Friday night, Farmersville bounced back with 13-2 and 16-6 wins, both by mercy rule.
In game two, Farmersville broke the game open with a two-out rally in the fourth inning. Leading 3-2, Alyssa Smith and Kaylie Casados each reached base before an RBI bunt from Rileigh Blankenship scored the fourth run. Two batters later, Morgan Erwin made it 7-2 with a two-RBI triple to force a Kaufman timeout trying to regroup.
It didn’t work, however, as Carleigh Deeds’ fly ball one-hopped the wall to score Erwin, then an RBI single from Cecily Sandoval forced a pitching change. Sandoval later stole second with runners on first and third, scoring Bella Holland to cap off the Lady Farmers’ seven-run inning.
Game three was much of the same, as the Lady Farmers scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but did leave two runners in scoring position.
The team eventually extended their lead to 5-1 in the third, as Destiney Madewell’s one-out double off the center field fence scored two runs, followed by Smith scoring on a throw to score the sixth run. Farmersville capitalized on the base paths all afternoon, frustrating the Kaufman pitchers and defensive players and forcing several errors on their defense.
Smith followed up her base running in the fourth, ripping a two-run double as part of a seven-run inning to make it 13-4. Baylee Valliant bunted in the final run of the rally, helping the Lady Farmers cruise to victory.
Farmersville advances to face North Lamar in the area round, who swept Athens over the weekend.
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