By Abel Carrillo
Making playoffs was something that Tejanos head coach Dominic Bouvier had talked about at
the start of the season.
March 13 was an opportunity for the team to begin the charge to finish in the top four of the WJCAC.
New Mexico Junior College had been red hot with only one conference blemish before coming into town to take on EPCC.
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El Paso Community College Tejano Rigoberto Aguilar dives safely to 3rd base.
The Thunderbirds showed no mercy, recording two victories that Friday afternoon 13-3 and 12-2.
It would be a crucial second day for the Tejanos to comeback with some kind of answer for the explosive offense the Thunderbirds were showcasing.
Saturday, March 14, was a much improved Tejano squad.
With strong pitching and excellent game management, EPCC swept the doubleheader 3-2, 7-5.
The wins were in the Tejanos’ favor for a step in the right direction.
“Winning the last two games of that series was a huge morale booster,” said centerfielder Greg Popylisen. “We started off slow in our first two series of conference play, so being able to split with NMJC was really important.
”Before the series split with New Mexico Junior College, EPCC had been in a tiny bit of a slump, starting WJCAC play at the end of February going 1-3 against Odessa College.
Similar results would occur a week later against New Mexico Military Institute, pushing EPCC’s conference record with only two wins and six losses.
It was clear proof the competition was stiff.
With no games being played this past weekend,EPCC had an opportunity to regroup and iron out some wrinkles.
At the moment, the Tejanos sit in seventh place in conference and four games back of fourth place NMMI.
“We had a bye week where we could rest and rejuvenate and now we are ready to get back at it,”Popylisen said.
This weekend, the Tejanos will be traveling to Luna Community College, which is tied for last place in the conference with a 2-6 record.
EPCC and Luna will play a four-game series.
The Tejanos return home on April 3 for a crucial four-game series with Frank Phillips College.
Frank Phillips is currently a game ahead of the Tejanos in the race for the playoffs.