RUIDOSO – Don’t be fooled by Ruidoso’s softball score against Dexter on March 27. The Warriors have a good team.
Or at least, they have the potential to be a good team.
After her squad fell to the defending 3A State champions, 19-0, in a game called after three innings, Ruidoso coach Michelle Mejia said the problem isn’t talent, it’s execution.
“We’ve been working on the hitting, and it shows,” Mejia said.
Ruidoso starter Arika Rivas threw for 2 1/3 innings before being relieved by Amanda Marquez. In that time, she gave up 15 runs, but 14 of them were earned.
That means that Dexter (6-0) was legitimately hitting the ball, hard. They racked up eight base knocks, including a home run by Dominique Silvas in the second inning that bounced off the top of the batting cage beyond left field.
Ruidoso (0-6) wasn’t exactly being shut down at the plate by Dexter pitcher Aryana Munoz. They were able to get girls on base in each of the first two innings, but left four runners on base without scoring.
“If had hits going through with girls on, we’d still be playing right now,” Mejia said. “They’re just simple mistakes.”
As the Demon bats continued to sound off, things started to fall apart for Ruidoso in the third inning. Dexter pushed across 10 runs in that inning, and the Warrior defense suffered.
“Toward the end of the second inning, they started getting down,” Mejia said. “They just dropped, and they need to stop doing that. They’re stronger than that and they are great athletes.”
It’s still two weeks before Ruidoso starts District 4-4A play – two weeks for the Warriors to try and improve.
Part of the problem has been injuries. Callie Patterson and Andee Roach are both on crutches, with Roach’s injury being so serious she’ll miss the entire season and possible next volleyball season in the fall.
Mejia expects Patterson back in time for district, as well as Danielle Thompson.
“All these games before district are good for us, because the girls are seeing the ball and doing great things,” Mejia said. “I think this will help them and they’ll be ready to go. I’m in need of Dani and Callie, because those are my outfielders. Once they come back, the whole team will lift up.”