Everyone in Class 3A knew the race to the State playoffs would be a tight one, all across New Mexico.
The race for the District 4-3A title was just as tight, with Capitan needing a sweep at Eunice, April 28, to at least earn a tie with the Cardinals and Dexter, at least by record.
That’s just what the Tigers got, defeating Eunice 6-1 and 10-6, and Capitan is the district champ by virtue of runs scored.
“They have been solid. The kids went down there and played great,” said Capitan coach James Weems. “Had Loving found a way to beat Dexter – and they almost did – we’d have been outright champs. When we started that second game on top and figured that Dexter was likely to win, we knew we needed more runs.”
While game two was a little closer, winning game one was never really in doubt, as starter Brendan Usery held the Cardinals to three hits in 5-2/3 innings. John Rogers came on in relief to finish things out, and he relieved Price Bowen in game two, as he had only thrown 18 pitches in the first game.
Now, with the Tigers a virtual lock for a home game in the first round of the Class 3A State playoffs this Wednesday, Weems has a number of options when it comes to who he can put on the mound.
“We should have all our arms available,” Weems said. “Now we’re just waiting to see where we’ll be seeded.”
Seeding for the Class 3A playoffs will be held oday (May 29) at 4:30 p.m. at kob.com.