One last softball hurrah in Ruidoso

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua NM Heat shortstop Molly Pena crouches to field a grounder, Sept. 9, at Eagle Creek during the Williams Chiller Classic.

RUIDOSO – Summer isn’t quite over, and the softball girls of Ruidoso had one last chance to play their sport over the weekend during the Williams Chiller Classic.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Mea Trujillo – a player from Ruidoso playing for Alamogordo’s Lightning – takes a swing at a pitch, Sept. 8, during the Williams Chiller Classic at Gavilan Canyon Field.

There were several local girls in the tournament, including one on the Dream Team and two playing for the Lightning, both out of Alamogordo.

But the New Mexico Heat was the only team in the tournament entirely home-grown in Ruidoso.

Heat coach Amanda Luevano said tbe amount of growth her team showed – even from the Playing for James tournament in August ­– makes her excited for next season.

Photo by Todd Fuqua New Mexico Heat pitcher Destiny Luevano turns after catching a pop up, Sept. 9, at Eagle Creek.

“We saw a lot of the same teams we did at Playing for James,” Luevano said. “Our girls have progressed so much, they looked like a different team out there.”

The Heat didn’t win any games – the closest they came was a 6-2 loss to the Lightning in pool play. But Luevano said the growth her girls have shown means they’ll be ready come next May.

“They weren’t afraid to compete and get dirty,” Luevano said. “We all had so much fun, and cannot wait until next year.”

The Lightning, out of Alamogordo, was another team had had a few girls from Ruidoso. Their only win was against The Heat.

Alamogordo’s Dream Team – another squad with a Ruidoso connection – also went winless, although they gave the Texas Rattlers a good game in their final contest, falling 5-4.

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