RUIDOSO – For the third time this season, Ruidoso’s softball team took on Class 3A power Dexter on March 28. For the third time, they didn’t have an answer for Bryana Munoz in a 15-0 loss.
Munoz fanned 10 in the victory, overpowering the Lady Warriors (1-5) until the very end, when Lia Mosher singled and Torri Trapp followed up with a swinging bunt to put two runners on base.
“She threw hard, threw nothing but strikes and was able to hit her spots,” said Ruidoso coach Sal Beltran of Munoz’ performance. “We just had to have confidence, knowing she was going to throw it down the middle and put the bat to it. That’s what we started doing.”
Mosher’s single was the only hit allowed by Munoz, while the Lady Demons (6-1) pounded out 11 hits and scored at least three runs in every inning of a game called after four frames on the 15-run rule.
“We’ve got to figure out the formula to start right off from the first inning getting hits,” Beltran said.
Despite the big loss, Beltran believes his team is just shy of turning the corner this season. Whether they can do it at this weekend’s Mesilla Valley tournament in Las Cruces remains to be seen.
The Mesilla Valley tournament isn’t your usual bracket-style play event. Ruidoso is thrown in a pool with Eunice and the Las Cruces JV, with the winner of the pool playing the winner of another pre-determined pool.
Still, it’s at least three more games the Lady Warriors have before a doubleheader at Capitan on April 6. They’ll take on the Lady Tigers one more time at home April 13 before starting District 4-4A play on the road at Hope Christian on April 15.
“If we just put it together, I think the girls will get after it,” Beltran said. “Once that spark happens, I’m confident the outcomes will be different than what they are now, as far as victories are concerned.”