By Abel Carrillo
Time could be running out for El Paso Community College’s playoff hopes as it was a disappointing weekend for the squad.
The Tejanos traveled to Luna Community College to battle with the Rough Riders in an effort to avoid the bottom spot of the WJCAC standings.
The Rough Riders came out on the strong end, winning the first two games 5-1 and 9-1 this past Friday.
Abel Carrillo / Tejano Tribune
Beau Barnes slides into second base to break up the double play
by the University of Southwest shortstop.
This would be the fourth week in a row the Tejanos would lose the first two games when starting a four-game series.
“The biggest factor on losing the game wasn’t anything big,” infielder Rigoberto Aguilar said.
“We were hitting the ball right to the guys and had a couple of defensive mistakes, but overall we went out there to win every game.”
Saturday, March 28, was a little brighter for the Tejanos as they snatched a win from Luna.
“The difference on winning the last game was that we were doing small things right,” Aguilar said. “[We were]playing as a team and we never lost focus from the first to the last inning.
We are trying to take it game by game.
Despite our rough weekend, we are working hard to bounce back and stay in the hunt for a playoff spot.”
Though splitting the Saturday doubleheader is better than losing both games, the Tejanos going 1-3 against then-lastplace Luna Community College for the weekend was a huge setback for the squad.
Currently, the boys from El Paso are heading in the wrong direction and are tied for 7th out of ten teams in conference.
Only Clarendon College is behind them with a lesser record.
“We are really not looking at playoffs yet, we are just trying to take one game at a time and focus on the next series,” First baseman Jacob Aguilar said.
The Tejanos will come back into town this Friday and Saturday as they host a four-game series against
Frank Phillips at the Valle Verde baseball field.
It will be the first time the Tejanos play in front of the EPCC home crowd since March 14, when
they got the wins against NMJC. First pitch is at noon.
“I have confidence our team will do well against Frank Phillips,” Jacob Aguilar said. “We are going
to prepare well and we will play with our all."