The Tejanos lost four games against New Mexico Junior College in the dust and wind to stretch their conference record to 1-11.
Elder Alvidrez on the mound for the Tejanos, who has an 1-11 conference record.
EPCC finished Friday with scores of 12-8 and 14-7 and Saturday 9-4 and 14-4.
While the Tejanos’ hitting improved after nearly being shut out two weeks ago by Howard College, it wasn’t enough to come back against a New Mexico offense that capitalized on critical errors resulting in big innings.
Speaking ahead of the games last weekend, Coach Romero talked about changing the mentality in the team after starting the pre-conference with a losing record.
“We need to learn how to win. You learn how to win … it’s like losing, it becomes a habit,” said Romero.
“It’s like ‘oh well, here it goes again’ and it becomes a habit and next thing you know, you’re okay with it. No it’s not okay, why don’t we get the other feeling of winning?”
Despite the changing mentality at EPCC’s clubhouse, the results haven’t changed.
While there have been flashes of brilliance, from a swift double play to get runners off base and end innings to line drive groundballs allowing runners on base to score, a lack of consistency has been the Tejanos’ downfall.
On the other end, the Tejanos’ early-season penchant for hitting seems to have stagnated for the time being.
Simply put, with a premium on runs, the Tejanos can’t afford wars of attrition where they concede double plays and grand slams.
“Mentally that’s the tough part because we lost a lot of games [while] winning and they came back and took it from us. That’s the tough part of this game, the mental aspect of this game,” Romero explained after the second game on Saturday.
For most of the games last weekend EPCC kept themselves within a decent inning’s reach of their opponents from Hobbs.
Starting stronger with a better attitude may be the key to success for EPCC looking forward.
“We were saying, some of us quit early in the game,” infielder Holy Anderson revealed after Saturday’s doubleheader.
“Some of us are quitting like ‘oh we lost today, it doesn’t matter’ but that’s not what we need to be doing. We need to be positive all the time so we can come back.”
With heavy losses under their belt, the Tejanos have some work to do ahead of their road games against a Clarendon College with a conference record of 7-5 and who are unbeaten at home.
Coach Romero will look to his experience to help guide EPCC through what looks to be a tough away trip.
“I was on a team that was 0-23 in my first year as a professional ball player. If we would’ve lost another one, we would’ve broken the all-time record for most losses,” Romero said.
“I keep telling the kids, mentally ‘don’t quit, don’t quit on yourself.’ Quitting is the easiest thing in life- battling, battling, battling, that’s the hardest thing to do in your life.”