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Offense, defense comes together for the Tigers

By Todd Fuqua

CAPITAN – It’s taken almost an entire season, but the Capitan softball team is finally firing on all cylinders.

That’s according to Tiger coach Kenny Espinosa.

“We finally played a full game both times,” Espinosa said of the 15-1 and 18-1 wins over Jal, April 19. “Our defense was strong. We didn’t have a bad defensive inning.”

Capitan also got its share of home runs, hit by Shelby Southard, Britney Baca and Mercedes Hazen.

Not only were they hitting, the Tigers (8-8, 6-5 District 4-3A) were hitting with runners on. Baca’s home run was a grand slam.

“Everybody on the team hit,” Espinosa said. “We hit the fence several other times, too.”

In the field, the Tigers were just as solid, backing up Dominique Valadez and Baca in the circle.

Valadez proved to be almost unhittable in game one. The Panthers (5-14, 0-9) eventually caught up to Baca in game two, but were hitting grounders.

“We had good defense,” Espinosa said. “They were hitting grounders and we were able to pick her up.”

With these wins, Capitan is hoping to go into today’s games at Dexter on a roll. The Demons beat Capitan 6-0 in a single game on April 3.

Espinosa said the difference in that game was one bad inning.

“We had three walks and five errors, they scored five of their runs in one inning,” Espinosa said. “That’s what happened in Loving, too. If we play a perfect game, we should be close.

“Everything’s starting to come together. Hopefully we’re peaking at the right time.”

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