Capitan wins, Ruidoso loses

By Todd Fuqua

RUIDOSO – After dropping an 11-7 decision to Tularosa, Capitan’s softball team needed a victory.

They got it, April 13, with a 17-9 decision over Ruidoso at Gavilan Canyon field.

“We still had a few errors. I think the game could’ve gone a little bit different if we’d have had a few catches,” said Capitan coach Kenny Espinosa. “We’re still trying to work those out. That’s what happened to us in Tulie, we gave up a lot of runs at the end.”

While Capitan was happy with the win, the loss to the Lady Tigers was the last thing Ruidoso needed.

The Lady Warriors (4-9) have now lost four in a row – three to Capitan alone – as they head into the weekend for a double header at District 4-4A power Hope Christian this Saturday.

Hope is one of the top teams in the state, not just the district, but Ruidoso coach Sal Beltran said getting his kids motivated shouldn’t be a problem.

“The motivation, as it’s been since the beginning of the year, is to get to State,” Beltran said. “District is when it counts. We want a district title and win games in district that will give us recognition.”

Errors hurt Ruidoso as well, but there were more than just physical miscues on the field.

“Today we also made some baserunning errors that cost us. We just need to get into the game mentally and stay smart on the field,” Beltran said. “I can handle a bad hop here or there, but when you’re making a mental error, you’re just not in the game. We just have to be focused every play, every pitch.”

Capitan (6-7) also has a district opponent on tap this weekend, as Eunice comes to town for a single District 4-3A/1A varsity contest, starting at noon on Saturday.

“Right now, we should be in the middle of the district competition,” Espinosa said. “By the time we play Tulie again (at home, May 2, last game of the regular season), we should be able to beat them. Hopefully we can end up third in our district.”

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