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Too many errors for Tigers

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan third baseman Aaron Fish, left, tries to apply the tag on Eunice baserunner Manny Lujan, April 7, at Capitan.

CAPITAN – It’s not that Capitan’s baseball team was particularly overmatched against Eunice, April 7. It’s just that they made more mistakes than they could afford.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan shortstop John Rogers (7) can’t quite reach the throw as Eunice’s Cameron Santa Cruz reaches second base, April 7, at Capitan’s Alpine Field.

Eunice (6-7, 4-1 District 4-3A) had a 3-1 lead after the first inning, and were able to eke out at least one run in all but two innings of the game against pitchers Price Bowen, Brenden Usery and John Rogers to win 9-4.

That there weren’t more crooked numbers for the Cardinals showed how solid Capitan really was. They just didn’t have enough solid play in the field.

“Defense is just a big letdown right now,” said Capitan coach James Weems. “I hate to be so blunt, but what else can you do? We made our pitchers work too hard.”

On offense, Capitan (5-5, 2-1) had enough offense that would have won most games, but the nine strikeouts against Eunice hurlers Mason Caperton and Logan Gaskins didn’t help.

In fact, of the Tigers’ four runs, none were earned. There just weren’t enough hits to go around.

“The nerves are out there on our shoulders, and we’re just not there yet,” Weems said. “You can see it in how they move out there. They just have to grow up a little bit. We’ve got to swing the bat hard, hit it and do something with it.”

Despite the loss, Capitan is still in the thick of the district race, and Weems feels his team can play competitively – win – against Dexter, April 10.

“Without the errors and a bit more in hitting, we’ll be fine. The team sees that,” Weems said. “Hope is not lost, we just have to catch up to where we want to be.”

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