Capital High has yet to have a winning baseball season, and are now 3-17 and holding down last place in District 2-5A after a 9-0 setback to visiting Los Alamos Nicholas Salazar in initial season as Jaguar head coach
By Arnie Leshin
Capital’s baseball team has company, but not the kind it would like.
It hasn’t been a quality season for the Jaguars for quite some time, no winning seasons since John Jaramello was head coach in 2003-04. and they just about change hand coaches yearly.
Through these years, they have won 22 games and lost 132. The best season was in 2014-15 at 4-20 under head coach Johnny Glaze, who was followed by new head coach Cesar Tavarez.
Now the head coach in his initial season is Nicholas Salazar. Currently, his teams stands at 3-17 overall and 1-5 in District 2-5A. They only district win came over Espanola, which has also struggled along at 2-14 overall and 1-4 in district. In the contest played between the two, Capital won 5-4, up at Espanola.
The Sundevils, though, put a stop to their 6-game losing skein by surprisingly turning back Albuquerque Academy, 11-1, at home. But Capital was shutout 9-0 the same day by visiting Los Alamos, and slipped to the basement. For the Hilltoppers, it ran their overall record to 10-9 and 4-2 in the district, and was their third win in a row.
The top spot belongs to Academy at 5-1, while the Jags were shutout for the sixth time this season. One of the Capital wins was at 25-1 over Wingate, but that was a non district game versus a losing opponent.
The Jags play next on April 18 at Albuquerque Del Norte, and on April 28, they head up to Los Alamos for a doubleheader. The Knights are 3-2 in district, right behind the Hilltoppers, and 5-11 overall.
In the setback against Los Alamos, Capital freshman Dominick Salazar came away with a pair of hits, and sophomore Jeremy Duran went 3-for-3.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars want to at least stay out of the cellar, as does Espanola.
Espanola visits Capital for a doubleheader on April 21, and that might decide who will occupy last place.