By Abel Carrillo
The struggles continued for the EPCC Tejanos last weekend, though they were able to salvage one of four games from WJCAC leader Howard College.
With the defeats, the Tejanos (8-24 in conference, 20-32 overall) were eliminated from playoff contention.
After the first game, which the Tejanos lost 7-6, the final three encounters were all lop-sided affairs.
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Michael Munden up to bat at Friday's home game against Howard College.
Howard won the second game 18-1, EPCC rebounded to win the next game 17-7 and Howard took the series finale 15-4.
“We had a chance to win the first game.
We had the lead and then they came back late and took it from us,” said EPCC head coach Dominic Bouvier.
“We’re officially eliminated from the playoff hunt but we’re going to keep playing hard.
“It is tough, the main thing is trying to keep the guys from losing focus and finish on a high note.”
The Tejanos are a freshman-heavy squad that has been going through some growing pains.
“We have a very young team this season and we had our ups and downs,” Bouvier said. “We’ve looked really good at times and beaten some really good teams; and then there were other times that we made too many mistakes that ended up costing us.
“That’s one of the things freshmen have to learn is that when you make mistakes at this level, the other team will pounce on them.”
Though the team has limped to the finish line, having lost 16 of its last 20, Bouvier can still find that silver lining.
“I think our team is better than our record shows but at the same time it definitely was a learning experience for a lot of our guys,” he said. “We’re anticipating a lot of guys returning next season which always helps.”
The Tejanos will get one more chance to play in front of the home fans this weekend with four games against last-place Western Texas.
Both doubleheaders, scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, will get underway at noon.
The focus this weekend will be on finishing strong.
“Our main focus is to go out and do as well as we can this weekend,” Bouvier said. “If the opportunity arises where we can get some guys in there who haven’t played as much we’ll do it but we’re going to play this final series like we would any other weekend.”