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Pueblo well represented on the No. 1 ranked squad

BY JEFF LETOFSKY | The Pueblo Chieftain | JUL 12, 2018

The 18u Azteca (Nunez) girls softball team took the USSSA (18u B) Colorado State Championship in Loveland this past weekend at the Barnes sports complex. (Courtesy)The 18u Azteca (Nunez) girls softball team took the USSSA (18u B) Colorado State Championship in Loveland this past weekend at the Barnes sports complex. (Courtesy)

There's another team from the Runyon Sports Complex enjoying a successful summer other than Team Loaf 'N Jug.

The 18u Azteca (Nunez) girls softball team won the USSSA (18u B) Colorado State championship in Loveland this past weekend at the Barnes sports complex. That completed the summer schedule for the team, which finished with a sparkling 45-2-15 record.

Azteca, ranked No. 1 in the state according to point totals in USSSA tournaments, went 5-0 in the state tournament.

Representing all but Centennial High School in Pueblo, Azteca had players from Central, East, Pueblo County, Pueblo West and South.

"We've had the same core of girls for three years, probably eight of them have played together," Azteca head coach Donald Nunez said. "We picked up some girls through tryouts."

Gabe Mares and Randy Cordova helped Nunez coach.

Nunez said he was happy to be able to coach such a talented group.

"It was an excellent group. they have been very coachable and very good teammates with each other," Nunez said. "One of the things we taught our girls was to be good teammates. And they were. They picked each other up and always cheered for each other."

Azteca played in the Runyon Field league during the week and traveled to tournaments all over the state on the weekends. They achieved plenty of success in nine tournament appearances, finishing first three times, second twice and third once.

"On the field, all of them had unbelievable skills," Nunez said. "We only had two pitchers. They really owned their positions and always gave their best, left it all on the field.

"They faced a lot of adversity, came out swinging and had a lot of fight in them. We were fortunate as coaches to have players like that."

letofsky@chieftain.com