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Capitan opens district with wins

By Todd Fuqua

Now that they’re into District 4-3A play, the Capitan baseball team is starting to click.

The Tigers put on an offensive show against Tularosa, March 27, winning 23-5, then needed a comeback in a defensive struggle against Loving, March 31, winning 4-3.

“We’re coming together more as a team, and doing things better,” said Capitan coach James Weems. “These last two games have helped us.”

Capitan (5-4, 2-0 district) got six solid innings from starter Brendan Usery, spelled by Price Bowen in the final inning.

An error gave the Falcons (3-6, 0-1) the lead late, although Weems said Loving was hitting the ball pretty well.

“They are a much improved team over last year, and we were struggling,” Weems said. “We had to compose ourselves. It was one of those days where you see those things creep up, but we got a handle on it.”

Bowen drove in two runs on a triple, but there were several other balls hit directly at Loving defenders.

“Brendan and Jacob Smith both had solid hits that were caught,” Weems said. “We’re hitting the ball hard, but right at them.’

Next up for the Tigers are games against Eunice and Dexter, both strong teams.

Capitan has already lost twice to the Demons, but Weems thinks things will be different this time around.

“We played poorly against Dexter the second time. We know we can compete with them, we just have to show up and get it done,” Weems said. “Looking at Eunice on paper, they’re not showing much now, but we know what they have.”

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