Capital High softball team swept at Raton Saturday in non district play, but now wind down with all District 2-5A tests and at 10-10 overall
In district, Sig Rivera's team is 4-2 and right in the mix against the likes of Los Alamos and Espanola Valley
By ARNIE LESHIN
Well, at least it wasn't a district game for the Capital High softball team.
For in Saturday's trip to 3A Raton for a doubleheader, the Jaguars were swept to the tune of 14-4 and 11-7. This evened their overall record at 10-10, but head coach Sig Rivera knows his team still has a shot at the post-season playoffs.
"They were a good team," he said of Raton. "I knew they were good, so it was a good test for us. But now comes our important district games."
That begins with Wednesday afternoon's visit from Albuquerque Del Norte (3-14, 0-7), which Capital swept previously on the road, 12-9, 12-7. Then it's a Saturday doubleheader at Espanola Valley, which already defeated the Jags, 16-5, in Santa Fe.
Next, it's a contest at Albuquerque Academy (2-17, 1-7), and then the important doubleheader at home against first place Los Alamos (13-7, 7-1).
"We were down 6-4 in the game against Espanola," Rivera said, "but they had a big sixth inning to put the game away."
In district play, Capital is 4-2, and Rivera can now put the losses to the Tigers in the background.
At 1-13 and 4-0 in District A/3/5-3A, Raton was impressive. In the opener, it scored in all but one inning of the shortened mercy-rule contest. The Jaguars scored three times in the second and once in the fifth.
In the closer, again the Tigers tallied three runs three times, which they did twice in the first game. Capital scored twice in the fourth and five times in the sixth of the game two.
It was also the eighth-straight triumph for Raton.
Rivera had praise for his junior centerfielder, JoJo Bowannie, for coming up with several good catches in both games. She had a pair of hits and the same number of walks in the opener, and added another hit in the second game.
Then there was junior Alex Mares with a 5-for-7 day at the plate. She had three safeties in the opener and two in the closer, and totaled three RBI.
As for the Capital baseball team, it stands at 2-19, has lost nine in a row, and is home to Del Norte Wednesday afternoon. After that, it's a doubleheader at Espanola Saturday, a road game at Albuquerque Academy, and then a season-closing DH at home versus Los Alamos.
Del Norte is right in the race for district honors at 3-1 (6-9 overall). On top the standings is Albuquerque Academy (14-5, 6-0). Los Alamos stands at 7-12 and 1-3, and Espanola is 3-16 and 1-3, so Capital might have its best chance against the Sundevils.
The Jaguar wins came over non district schools Wingate and Santa Rosa.