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Batting for the home run

Alejandro pitches against Faith Christian Academy, March 1.

Alejandro pitches against Faith Christian Academy, March 1.

Alan Enriquez

Alejandro pitches against Faith Christian Academy, March 1.

Alan Enriquez

Alan Enriquez

Alejandro pitches against Faith Christian Academy, March 1.

Felix Pina, Reporter

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Baseball and softball seasons are in mid-season, and playing hard. The varsity baseball team stands 13-7 overall, as of April 4, and the varsity softball team stands 16-6 overall.

With many returning players from last year, the athletes work together with new players as a new team.

“I’m excited; this team is way different,” senior baseball captain Andrew Rodriguez said. “There’s more team chemistry.”

The captains of both the baseball and softball varsity teams are hopeful.

“I feel like I can really trust my team,” softball captain Destiny Villanueva said. “Especially when I am pitching, I feel like they have my back.”

Whether these players are new or returning, the coaches of both teams are excited to  play on the field.

“We have  14 members in our team,” softball coach Martha Hernandez said. “They are like my little daughters.”

Hernandez has been coaching the varsity softball team eight years.

Support from their coaches, may not always be enough to steady the nerves.

“As a senior, I have a big role being the captain,” Rodriguez said. “I can be somewhat distracted from the pressure of being in the spotlight, and I get nervous.”

Some may be nervous, but others are ready to take on the challenge.

“We really want to win bi-district,” Villanueva said. “Not only for us, but for our coaches.”

The teams practice hard, with baseball and softball training taking place from 3:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The varsity softball team has enjoyed a good season. They played against Ysleta, March 26, and had an 18-1 win, but they stayed grounded.

“Playing against Ysleta was an easy win,” Hernandez said. “However, we try to stay humble because we won’t always win.”

The varsity baseball team has also been playing hard and focusing on the game, even after a loss against Horizon, March 29.

“We are all a little nervous,” baseball coach Neil Sanchez said. “It is a part of the competition.”

Both teams share a common goal.

“We hope to make it to playoffs this season,” Rodriguez said. “The team hasn’t made it in three years.”

Some players hope to have fun and enjoy the season.

“We want to see consistency within the team, and we want to help the newcomers play with each other,” Villanueva said.

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