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Tiger baseball has defense woes

By Todd Fuqua

Errors.

That’s really all it comes down to for the Capitan baseball team in its 11-4 loss to Dexter, April 11.

“It was a better game than the outcome looks,” said Capitan coach James Weems. “Right now we’re a baseball team wearing two different hats.”

Capitan (5-6, 2-1 District 3-3A) actually outhit Dexter 7-6, but those miscues ended up hurting more than usual.

Things were tied at 1-all heading into the third inning, and that’s when the Demons (7-5, 4-0) put up six runs on the board for a lead they’d never lose.

The loss was typical of the Tigers’ woes this season. They dropped a 14-1 decision to NMMI earlier in the year after the Colts exploded for three runs in the third inning on Capitan miscues.

Weems is certain his team would have a better record if they could get their defensive issues worked out.

“It’s always that one inning that gets to us,” Weems said. “Last week, we played a complete game against Eunice and came away with a win, we just didn’t show up against Dexter.”

Still, Capitan has a 3-1 record in district and is just one game back of the Demons in the standings. They have a road doubleheader at Loving this Saturday.

Capitan beat the Cardinals 12-2 a few weeks ago, but Weems said that victory doesn’t guarantee his team will do as well this weekend.

“Loving has struggled, but they did manage to get by Tularosa,” Weems said. “It’s just a close district. Whatever team shows up and wants to play baseball that day is likely to be the victor.

“Loving has a good baseball team. They’ve got hitters throughout their lineup,” he added. “There’s not a team in this district we can take lightly.”

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