The Tejanos snapped an 11 game losing streak to bring their conference record to 2-14 in NJCAA Division 1 Region 5 after last weekend. It was a tough weekend for EPCC as they went 1-3 over two doubleheaders at Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas.
EPCC's Jose Gonzalez about to deliver a pitch.
They split on Friday with scores of 6-2 and 15-10 but lost both games Sunday 3-2 and 5-4.
In addition to ending their own losing streak, EPCC ended an unbeaten home run for Clarendon.
While the weekend was a losing one, the Tejanos will be happy to see their hitting back in form as they scored at least two runs in every game for the first time this season.
Leading the way for EPCC on Friday was second baseman Jacob Cubillos with 6 RBIs, with Juan Arzaga getting 2 RBIs and 2 doubles in the first day of the doubleheader.
The Tejanos started Friday off badly, only scoring two runs in the last inning of the game.
Despite a soft start to the weekend, they came into the second game on Friday with a renewed attitude, scoring four runs in the first inning, which were answered by one from the home team.
While the Clarendon Bulldogs ran up the score in the third inning scoring eight runs, the Tejanos rolled with the punches to score four runs in both the sixth and ninth inning while limiting the Bulldogs to only one more run.
In a conversation before the games on Friday and Saturday, head coach Cesar Romero stated that one factor preventing the team from success was lukewarm starts to games.
“Pitchers for example, I tell them ‘You need to throw at least two innings warming up so when you’re out there you’re ready to’ but for some reason they want to get loose in the second, third inning and that does not work,” said Romero.
The Tejanos started every game stronger than they have in the past, letting in only two RBIs in the first two innings of each game.
The second game on Friday aside, the Tejanos did a good job at preventing high scoring innings but simply didn’t have it in them to fight back for runs.
Before EPCC left for Clarendon, Romero talked about mentality and the difficulties with coming back against the kind of record they’ve racked up this conference season.
While repeating the old adage that “winning heals everything,” Romero admitted he saw a silver lining through the tough start to the season.
“It sounds crazy but I’m proud of these guys because they have not given up, just baseball has been tough on us.”
The Tejanos will travel east to face the Midland College Chapparrals next weekend on May 7 and 8.