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Warrior girls can’t get hits

By Todd Fuqua

Ruidoso’s softball team has started the 2018 season with two losses, but coach Michelle Mejia said it’s not for a lack of defensive effort.

“Defensively, they were on it, they did a great job of getting to the ball and knowing where the runners were at,” Mejia said. “Their sticks, thought. They just didn’t wake up, and that’s what really hurt them.”

Ruidoso fell 11-3 to West Las Vegas over the weekend, then dropped a 15-1 contest at defending 3A State champion Dexter on Monday.

The loss at Dexter was particularly frustrating because the Warrior bats were getting hits, just not when they had runners on base.

“They feel the pressure to get people in,” Mejia said. “At one point, bases were loaded and no outs, and nothing happened.

“We focused a lot on defense and it showed,” she added. “But it’s the offense that’s killing us.”

Ruidoso has no games until next weekend’s Lyndsey Callaway tournament at Dexter, but will take on Capitan in a doubleheader scrimmage this Saturday.

The Tigers officially start their season at the Callaway tournament.

“From these two games, we know what needs to be fixed,” Mejia said. “Facing teams that were really good will help us. Right now, we need to start hitting.”

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