EPCC softball off to its best start in nine years

February 12, 2015

Oscar Perez / Tejano Tribune

Tejana Kristen Reitz attempts to get to third base against McCook Community College.



Oscar Perez




El Paso Community College Tejanas softball team is riding a five-game winning streak after their four-game sweep of McCook Community College (Nebraska) last weekend.


The Tejanas are 6-2 on the young season, which is their best start to any year since 2006.


“What we want to accomplish this upcoming season is to play more as a team and be more responsible with each other,” said Coach Kathy Gutierrez.


“We need to work together and help each other out.”


After struggling through a 9-36 record a year ago, the Tejanas seem poised to match their entire win total of 2014 in the first few weeks of this season.


“We are trying to make it to regionals and nationals,” Gutierrez said. 


“That is the big goal and in order to get there we need to perform as a team.


“But it’s a very long season. Despite our early success there are still many things we need to work on.”


Though EPCC swept all four games from McCook, they were all hard fought.


On last Saturday’s first two games, the Tejanas won by the scores of 2-1 and 7-6, both in extra innings.


In Sunday’s doubleheader, EPCC took both games by scores of 5-4 and 7-2.


Despite the wins, Gutierrez did focus on one important aspect of the game that still needs improvement.


“I am going to be honest and we have talked about it a lot, what we need to work at is our base running,” she said.


“Our base running is what is hurting us but we are working real hard on that.”


Leading the way offensively for EPCC is Kristen Reitz, who is batting .520 and leading the team with 13 hits, two home runs and 10 runs batted in.


Assina Munoz in 3-1 on the mound with an earned run average of just 2.71 in 31 innings pitched.


Munoz has struck out 21 hitters while only walking four.


Before their home sweep last weekend, EPCC opened its season in Nevada.


The Tejanas split their first four games of the season at the CSN Kickoff Classic in Henderson.


EPCC won its first game of the tournament over Western Nevada 5-2 before losing the next two games to Southern Idaho (5-0) and Yavapai College (8-5).


The Tejanas bounced back to win their final game of the tourney, 10-5 over Eastern Arizona.


EPCC returns to action this weekend with five games at the Midland Classic tournament.


On Friday, Feb. 13, the Tejanas will take on Dodge City Community College,Trinidad Junior College and Northeastern Junior College.


On Saturday, EPCC will take on Western Nebraska Community College and Eastern Oklahoma State College.


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