CAPITAN – Cheyene Marrs’ big home run over the left field fence wasn’t the only hit on the day for the Capitan softball team, April 8.
In fact, it was the latest in a huge series of hits for the Lady Tigers.
But it was pretty much the last straw for the Jal Lady Panthers, who fell 17-2 in four innings on the 15-run mercy rule.
“I just had her in to bat, we’re trying to take care of her shoulder,” said Capitan coach Kenny Espinosa of Marrs. “I also had Dominique (Valadez) at short, but she has a hamstring problem, so we couldn’t have her bat. But it worked out perfectly for us.”
Marrs’ hit was her third of the day, and she made her home run count with teammates Aspen Caughron and Mackenzie Nunez on base.
It was also the first time she’d batted in a game, having sat on the bench with an injury.
“It felt amazing to get out there and hit, and to have the girls rally around me,” Marrs said. “When I came up to bat, all I could think of was advancing the runners.”
As big as that hit was, it wasn’t the one that ended the game.
That came on a ground out by Kylie Pruett to score Shelby Southard, who had just hit a triple.
Of course, those runs wouldn’t have meant an early end to the game had the Lady Tigers (5-6, 1-1 District 4-3A/1A) not had the third inning they did.
They entered the frame leading by two. They ended it up by 11 after pushing across nine runs and batting around the order.
For all the runs, there were only two hits, as Jal pitchers Destiny Alexander and Danica Abeyta walked five batters and hit two.
“I think what’s happening is we’re getting more confident with our hitting,” Espinosa said. “That’s something we really needed.”
Capitan had only seven hits on the day, but that was really all they needed. Caughron joined Marrs with two hits of her own to lead the team.
Capitan continues their district 4-3A competition with a game at Tularosa, April 11, then face Ruidoso one more time in their final non-district game on April 13.
“Hopefully we can rely on Dominique to get in there to pitch, but Destanie has been doing a great job,” Espinosa said. “We’ll just see how it goes.”