Capital High, 3rd in District 2-5A, splits two against visiting non district foe Raton on Friday, with district tests coming up at Albuquerque Del Norte, at home to Espanola, and at Los Alamos Jaguars’ sophomore Emma George returns from foot injury to have a hit parade of 9-for-10 and five RBI
By Arnie Leshin
It wasn’t a district game, but a doubleheader split with visiting Raton Friday no doubt renewed the Capital softball team’s confidence.
The Tigers are again one of the better teams in 3A. They are currently 10-3 overall, and last season saw them one win away from the championship game. As the 3rd seed, they won their opener, then lost to eventual champion and top seed Dexter, 11-4, and dropped into the loser’s bracket.
From there, Raton scored back-to-back wins over Albuquerque Sandia Prep and Capitan. Next, it was 2nd seed Loving in the semifinals, but it resulted in a 10-0 setback for the Tigers and they finished at 23-5.
So this was a quality opponent for the Jaguars, who became 11-6 with the split. They dropped the opener, 14-10, and prevailed in the closer, 9-8.
The return of sophomore catcher Emma George gave Capital a huge lift. She had missed some time while attending to a sprained foot, but she now appeared to be fully recovered after a 9-for-10 day at bat, and by knocking across five runs.
In the first game, George, also a member of the school’s wrestling and cross country teams, was 4-for-5 and batted in three runs. In the second game, she sparked things with a walk-off single in the seventh inning.
Said head coach Sig Rivera: “It was good to have her back, as well as second baseman Sylvia Pincheira. They make a big difference. And JoJo, (Bowannie) our best hitter, came back from a wrist injury, made contact, but all were ground ball outs.”
In game two, freshman Alex Fernandez pitched the distance, striking out one, walking one, and allowing 14 hits. At bat, she had a 2-for-4 game with a double and a pair of RBI.
In the opener, Jags’ junior Yamile Coca went 3-for-5 with two doubles. And sophomore Deanza Booker added a single, a triple, and drove home two runs.
Capital plays next in Albuquerque, with a single district contest against last place Del Norte (0-4. 3-13) on Wednesday. The two played an earlier doubleheader swept by the Jaguars, 21-6 and 15-0.
From there, Rivera’s team is home in a doubleheader versus Espanola (3-4, 5-10), on Saturday, at Los Alamos (5-1, 12-7) on April 25, and then a non district doubleheader against St. Michael’s on May 1.