Tejanos get season off to slow start
The rocky start to the 2018 baseball season continued for the EPCC Tejanos after dropping three of four games to the Pima Community College Aztecs over the weekend.
Photo by Adrian Ordoñez
EPCC's Nick Carrillo at bat versus Scottdale
Community College during Tejanos' first home stand.
The Tejanos are off to a disappointing 1-9 record.
The Tejanos started the weekend with a 9-6 loss against the Aztecs.
The Tejanos registered three runs in the bottom of the ninth to make it interesting. The last-gasp push proved not enough, as the game ended with a groundball to second base.
The second game Friday was the hitting highlight for EPCC, registering 14 hits and scoring 11 runs.
After coaching his team to an 11-8 victory, Cesar Romero said it came down to being aggressive at the plate.
“We jumped at the first pitch. If they want to get ahead, we need to take advantage of that,” said Romero. “We got ahead and of course one of our freshman pitchers [Jonathan Martinez] did an awesome job and kept us in the game.”
Freshman reliever J.D. Martinez, was called to action in the second inning and pitched for 6.2 innings. Martinez only allowed two earned runs and two walks, managed seven strikeouts.
“I was just trying to stay mentally strong you know, mentally confident that I was going to pound the zone, that I was going to take it to these guys,” said Martinez. “I was going to give them a run for my money and I did my job.”
“It’s a confidence builder. Being put in that situation where, you’re down one, they trust me to be in the game.”
EPCC infielder Adrian Gomez felt the first win of the season was a total team effort.
“I feel our pitching did really well. The hitters had to come through at some point because the pitchers can’t do everything,” he said.
In the third game of the series, EPCC sophomore Alan Arrieta pitched all seven innings, allowing only one earned run, two walks while recording five strikeouts.
The Tejanos’ strong defensive performance was not rewarded however, with EPCC only earning one hit on the way to a 2-0 defeat.
By the time the final game of the series came around, Romero’s frustration led to gathering his team outside the dugout for an impromptu meeting.
Romero could be heard calling out the team’s lack of focus when in the dugout, at others he could be heard pointing out that individual performances don’t win games.
“My main message was not to give up. It’s too long of a season, we’re a young team and we can’t sit back and expect things to be rewarded and given to you,” he said.
“They have to make that adjustment and keep battling. You need to make things happen in order to be successful and I think we’ve shown it.”
Part of Romero’s frustration also came from the officiating crew.
Though he felt some calls may not have gone his team’s way, they didn’t cost his team any games.
“They could’ve gone our way and for some reason when we don’t get the call coming our way, something bad happens and they score,” said Romero. “At times I felt there were calls that could’ve gone our way and it cost us a couple runs.
“With that said, we still need to man up and buckle down.”