Lady Tigers ready to duel in Abreu's sophomore outing

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Adjusting to a new system and a new coach, the Lady Tigers softball team started the 2017 season 3-5-1 in the first month of competition - the rare tie coming in the second game of a double-header against East Mountain March 30. After a struggling a bit in the middle segment of their schedule, the Lady Tigers picked up some key wins against district foes to end Coach Ramon Abreu's inaugural season at 6-16-1.

Missing out on the state tournament, the Lady Tigers picked up three hard-fought district games last season, including a game that produced 47 total runs. In the first game of a home double-header against the St. Michael's Lady Horsemen, Taos came out on top, 24-23 in eight innings. Taos would go on to win its second game, scoring a rare two-game sweep of their rival.

Back for his second year, Abreu has been busy working with his young team and taking advantage of an unusually warm and dry winter in Northern New Mexico.

Taos will have to contend with powerhouse Robertson and West Las Vegas for another year as realignment won't take place until the 2018-19 season. Robertson finished 12-0 in district play last year and is likely to remain a top contender in the state in Class 4A.

The Lady Tigers lost four seniors to graduation last year, including all-district players Jaclyn Gallegos and utility player, Elena Espinoza, but they can look ahead to the return of key players, including a complete pitching rotation and starters in the infield.

Mark you calendar

The Lady Tigers will play six straight games, including two double headers, from March 29 to April 10. In the middle of the homestand, a rematch with St. Michael's is slated for April 3. Count on the Lady Horsemen to bring their best as they try to regain supremacy in the rivalry. Also, the game with West Las Vegas March 10 should be an exciting one as well. This will be the last time the two teams (for now) square off as league foes.

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