CAPITAN – After a familiar slow start, Capitan’s softball team revved things up to defeat Jal, 17-2, in four innings, April 7.
The Tigers allowed Jal to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, with Capitan (5-5, 3-2 District 4-3A/1A) pushing across a run in the bottom of the frame on a triple by Shelby Southard to score Dominique Valadez.
That was it for scoring until the third, when the Tigers went off on Jal pitcher Destiny Alexander for five runs on five hits.
It was the start of a lot of scoring for Capitan, as they had an 11-2 lead in the fourth inning with no outs and were able to cruise to a mercy-rule 15-run victory.
“I can’t figure it out. Our first inning on every single game this year has been really slow with lots of errors,” said Capitan coach Kenny Espinosa. “Maybe we have to do something different. But once they get their confidence hitting, then they can go. That’s all it is.”
Capitan’s win was needed after losses to Loving and Dexter, although the Dexter was 6-0 and could have been closer had the Tigers been able to score early.
Also, Tularosa has a win over Loving this season, making Capitan’s next matchup with the Wildcats on April 10 a big one.
“We have to get past that first inning against these teams,” Espinosa said. “If we can do that, we have a chance at winning district.”