The Tejanos took another hit on the chin last weekend, losing four games on the road to Region 5 leaders Midland College.
Outfielder Andrew Perez, from Montwood High School, takes a rip at the ball.
The scores on April 7 were 12-2 and 11-1, with both games ending early in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively.
EPCC ended Saturday with scores of 15-5 and 19-9.
Both of Saturday’s games ended in the fifth inning.
These results leave the Tejanos with a conference record of 2-18.
The away trip was always going to be a tough order for EPCC’s defense, with the Midland Chaparrals boasting a hitting average of just over .350 and a conference record of 14-2 prior to last weekend’s games.
“Their [Midland] hitting was tremendous, I mean there’s a reason they’re up there,” said EPCC head coach, Cesar Romero.
Despite Midland’s nearly immaculate record, Romero demanded a never-say-die attitude from his team ahead of their trip to the Permian Basin.
“No, we really had the same mentality, aggressiveness going out there,” said Romero.
Citing the team’s willingness to leave it all on the field and grind to the end, Romero remarked on his pride in his team last weekend.
In the last game of the weekend EPCC fought for nine runs and topped off with a five-run fourth inning.
However, that wasn’t enough to keep Midland from earning a 10-run lead to end the game early on the mercy rule.
“I mean we hit the ball, we ran but they just hit the ball further and they ran some more,” said Romero.
“They [EPCC] came out swinging, they came out with pitching but I mean when you have a team that’s that powerful in hitting, I mean there’s only so much you can do.”
With the games against Midland behind them, the Tejanos will be looking forward to another road trip on April 14 and 15 to Las Vegas, New Mexico where they’ll face Luna Community College.
The Luna Rough Riders have a conference record of 5-15 and a home record of 2-8.
While the prospect for an appearance in the playoffs this season is beginning to look slim for EPCC, Romero is refusing to end the season prematurely.
“Do not quit, do not quit on yourself and you never know,” said Romero.
“Luna has been struggling and you never know; we can take all four, we can take three but we have to go with the mentality to go get some games.”
Luna’s record notwithstanding, fans can expect the same attitude from EPCC that ran up runs against Midland last Saturday.
“You play aggressive, positive things can happen. You go out there trying to hold back, trying to be safer ... I’ve never had that style of play when I did it so it’s always ‘go right after it’,” said Romero.
“Go get the bull by the horns. That attitude, that kind of mentality.”