By Abel Carrillo
The El Paso Community College baseball team only managed to come home with one victory after spending this past weekend in Midland.
In game one of Friday’s doubleheader, the Tejanos went down 7-5.
“We showed that we had a solid offense and we also out hit Midland for the weekend,” said Head Coach Dominic Bouvier. “We just have to clean things up and be a little more consistent on the defense.”
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Beau Barnes up to bat against Midland.
In game two, EPCC recorded 15 hits and drove in 10 runs but still found themselves on the losing end of the 12-11 score.
The team was hitting the ball with ease and found themselves in good positions to score.
They were also on the move, stealing four bags, and wouldn’t be caught that afternoon, yet once again it would not be enough to earn a victory.
With that loss, the team’s losing streak stretched to six games.
“I feel if we eliminate some of our mistakes, we give ourselves a chance to win,” Bouvier said. “Both games we swung it [bats] well and pitched well, though the consistency is just not there.”
On Saturday, April 11, the Tejanos went into the second day of the series looking for a win to end the drought. In game three, the Tejanos snatched a win from the Chaparrals 14-5.
EPCC would flex their muscles showcasing a number of hits spraying all over the diamond.
When they were not raising the batting average, they showed a good eye and patience inside the box choosing which pitches to attack, drawing five walks giving the Chaparrals pitching staff headaches.
“[Pitcher] Russell Reber gave us a strong outing and did just enough of what we needed from him to get the win,” Bouvier said.
Unfortunately, there was no time to celebrate the win over the respectable opponent Midland.
The fourth and final game was a chance for the Tejanos begin a win streak and leave Midland with some kind of momentum.
The offense once again carried the team and pushed to try and gross a victory, but it would be the pitching that could not come through for EPCC.
Giving up 11 hits and walking six that would later result in nine Chaparral runs, the Tejanos ended the series with a 9-4 loss.
With only 12 games left in the season, the Tejanos find themselves eight games back of Odessa for the fourth and final playoff spot.
This Friday, EPCC will start the series against Clarendon College, a school that coach Bouvier once played for.
First pitch is at noon for both the Friday and Saturday doubleheader in Clarendon, TX.