Do not, do not, take any baseball team for granted in District 4-3A.
Capitan coach James Weems knew this even before his team got a split at Tularosa, April 18.
“We’re well matched all around, the pitching, the hitting,” Weems said. “It’s a tight race throughout and we’ll have to play our best baseball from here on out.”
Capitan (8-7, 6-2 district) had defeated Tularosa earlier in the season, but it was a close 10-9 affair.
They beat them again in the first game of the double header 4-2, only to drop the night cap 8-7.
The close nature of every game shows how tight everything is in this district.
Of course, the Tigers also have 14-0 and 10-2 wins over Loving from the weekend, but Dexter is coming up on the road next week, with Eunice to follow in the regular season finale at Alpine Field on April 29.
“Dexter swept Eunice, so that’s the team to beat,” Weems said of the Demons. “We’re in a tight race for the district championship, and we’re looking forward to it.”
No matter what happens in those games, the Tigers are looking at a likely State berth, the only question is where they’ll be seeded.
Weems hopes for a top 8 seed and a home game in the first round of the tournament.
“Against Texico and Santa Rosa (Nos. 1 and 4) we played well, even in losses,” Weems said. “We’re right there, and the good thing about that is we’ve gotten better since then.”
Capitan fell to Texico, 7-3, in the second round of the NMMI Sertoma Classic in March, then lost, 9-5, to Santa Rosa in the third-place game.
The big improvement, according to Weems, has been on defense.
“In that first game against Tularosa, we had three double plays,” Weems said. “That’s really good, at any level in high school.”