By Staff report
The season that started with much promise, ended on a low note as the El Paso Community College Tejanas dropped their final four games of the season to finish 5-23 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play and 18-35 overall.
EPCC was swept by Howard College last weekend by the scores of 14-1, 13-5, 14-1 and 12-4.
After getting off to a 10-3 start, the wheels fell off for the Tejanas, who eventually lost 26 of their last 31 games.
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Tejanas up to bat against Clarendon College at EPCC on April 18.
“Things didn’t go as we planned this season, how we envisioned it,” said EPCC softball coach Katie Gutierrez. “We hit a nail in our path and we just couldn’t figure out how to overcome it.
“I know the girls were working really hard on the different aspects of the game but it just didn’t seem to work out in our favor.
“Mistakes would happen and I think we’d carry them with us to the next game and that’s something we’re going to have to work with.”
With only five sophomores on the squad, inexperienced freshmen made up most of the team.
“Being young is something that affects the mental aspect of it,” Gutierrez explained. “Making sure that when we make a mistake that we let it go.
We have to understand that if we carry it with us it could affect other teammates.”
The season was especially disappointing for Analisa Fuentes, whose playing career at EPCC has come to an end.
“I definitely didn’t see it ending like this because we started off really well,” said the sophomore.
“From the beginning we were really into it. I think we just kind of lost sight towards the end. I really don’t know what happen but it was just toward the end.”
And for other players like third baseman Jasmine Mitchell, there’s always next season.
“I think as freshmen we didn’t see how important some stuff was.
I don’t think we really understood how important and serious it was to stay focused and win,” said Mitchell.
“I think we’re going to do a lot better next season.”
Her coach feels the same way.
“I think it’s a positive. We had only five sophomores this year so they had to take the leadership role and try to get the 11 freshmen to get on the same page as them,” explained Gutierrez. “We will be more mature and experienced next season which is always a plus.”