Eagle Pass playing “as one” leading to success


Oscar Ruiz can pinpoint rather quickly what the key component to his team’s success in 2019 has been attributed to.

Ruiz didn’t point out a select group of players or give the routine answer of playing good defense paired with timely hitting.

Instead he compared his squad to one that just wrapped up its first-ever National Championship.

“The key to our success this season was due to our softball team playing as ‘one’,” Ruiz said. “The bonding within the team members has been incredible and just as the National Champions Virginia Boys Basketball Team emphasize on the importance of being a team all season, we too strive to live by that motto.”

Living by that motto has guided Eagle Pass to a 22-7 overall record with a 9-0 mark in District 29-6A play with just three games remaining on the docket.

To get to this mark, the Eagles have had some big performers in 2019.

Start with Katie Galvan in the circle.

The senior has been the workhorse for the Eagles, going 14-6 with a 2.73 ERA in 21 appearances this season. Galavan has struck out 86 and walked 22 in 89 2/3 innings.

“Katie’s determination for perfection is what impresses me the most about her,” Ruiz said. “She wasn’t satisfied at throwing ‘darts’ so she continued to work until they became ‘bbs’ with pinpoint accuracy.”

At the plate, seniors Brooke Diaz and Alexandra Martinez have fueled the offensive production that has helped outscore opponents 116-9 in district play.

Diaz leads the team with an impressive .511 average with seven doubles, three home runs and 24 RBIs. Martinez is not far behind with a .492 mark, five doubles, six home runs and 28 RBIs, which leads the team.

“It has been extremely exciting to watch Alexandra Martinez and Brooke Diaz produce great offensive numbers at the plate and mature throughout the years to become part of this group of seniors who intend to lead us to the promise land ‘playoffs’,” Ruiz said.

The Eagles have been impressive of late, winners of 13-straight games and can wrap up a perfect district mark with three more wins.

Last season, Eagle Pass reached the Regional Quarterfinals, which was the first time doing so since 2015.

The goal, of course, is to get past that and if the Eagles want to reach its first Regional Final since 1995, Ruiz knows they need to continue to work on aspects of their game, especially off the field.

“The team needs to work on their overall mental toughness under pressure against what will be higher quality competition,” Ruiz said.

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