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Friday, March 18, 2005

Girls’ 2nd in Crane golf; boys tourney delayed

The Pecos Eagle girls’ golf team endured Wednesday morning’s cold weather to get in a one-day tournament at Crane, while the weather was bad enough 100 miles to the north to force a one-day delay on the tournament in Seminole that Pecos’ boys were scheduled to play in.

The girls finished second out of eight teams at the Golden Crane Invitational, the last tournament for the Eagles before District 3-3A play gets underway in two weeks at the Reeves County Golf Course. Meanwhile, the boys went to Seminole on Thursday for an 18-hole tournament, their last one before their 3-3A opener in Lamesa on April 1.

“I just took Jennie (Canon) and my JV girls, and we got second,” said coach Tina Doan about Wednesday’s tournament. “It was a cold start, but it warmed up by the afternoon, and the girls did a good job.”

Canon shot an 85 to lead the Eagles, while Carolina Briones had a 96, Evelyn Flores shot a 110, Melissa Mendoza had a 118 and Kayla Natividad shot a 124 on the day. The Eagles’ ended up with a 409 team score that was 86 strokes behind tournament winner Monahans, which brought their top golfers to the tournament.

McCamey was third after Pecos in the team standings with a 423 score, while district rival Seminole was next with a 443 score, one shot ahead of fifth place Iraan.

Coach Kim Anderson said on Monday the boys were making the trip to Seminole to get their first look at the Indians’ home course, which will host the final round of the 54-hole district tournament on April 11. Monahans will host the other round of the boys’ 3-3A golf, while Lamesa and Midland will be the sites of the final two rounds of the girls’ tournament.

Rain changes site of Pecos’ district opener

Bad weather got the Pecos Eagles an unexpected home game against the Fort Stockton Panthers last month, and bad weather got Pecos another unscheduled home game on Thursday against Fort Stockton.

The Eagles’ District 3-3A baseball opener at Fort Stockton on Tuesday was rained out, and rescheduled for Thursday. However, coach Elias Payan said the Panthers already had a freshman baseball tournament scheduled for their field on Thursday and Saturday, and as a result, the teams flipped their district home games.

Pecos hosted Fort Stockton on Thursday in a 7 p.m. game, and the Eagles were at home as well on Friday night, against Monahans, also in a 7 p.m. start.

Pecos is 5-8 on the season after going 1-3 last weekend at the Snyder Tournament. The Eagles lost their final game to the state’s No. 2-ranked team in Class 3A, Perryton, by an 8-3 score, as the Rangers got to sophomore pitcher Robert Nunez in the fifth and sixth innings, breaking a 3-3 tie to spoil Nunez’ first varsity start.

Payan said Eddie Vela was scheduled to start Thursday’s game against Fort Stockton. Vela went 4 1/3 innings before leaving with a sore elbow, and gave up three runs last week in a 5-0 loss to Snyder. He’s 2-1 this season, with his first win an 11-3 decision over Fort Stockton, in a game moved to Pecos after the final two days of the West Texas Classic in Midland were washed out by rains.

Today’s game and Friday’s contest against Monahans were almost afternoon contests, after new problems cropped up with the power for the lights at Eagle Field. “There are still some lights that are out, but there are enough so that we can play,” said Payan. “We originally had the game scheduled for 4:30 p.m., in case we didn’t have lights.”

Aside from having lights, Payan also hopes to have junior Josh Anchondo back on the mound on Friday. Anchondo underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee after two brief early-season outings, including a two-inning stint against Monahans at the West Texas Classic.

“Josh goes to the doctor today (Thursday) to get released, I hope,” Payan said. “He’s been doing a little running, and his knee looked strong, and he didn’t feel any pain, so I hope he’ll be ready in time to pitch against Monahans.”

Anchondo left the game against Monahans with a 2-2 tie in a game eventually won by the Loboes, 12-5. Pecos came back to defeat the Loboes on their home field the following week in tournament play, 2-1, on a pair of unearned runs off Kevin Kenyon, who lose despite allowing only two hits. Edward Valencia picked up the win with an eight-strikeout effort, but the junior is currently ineligible to play at least through the end of next week.

Errors help Prowlers double-up Eagles

Twice as many errors by the Pecos Eagles translated into twice as many runs for the Fort Stockton Prowlers on Tuesday, as the Prowlers handled the ball and the cold better than the Eagles and handed Pecos its first loss in District 4-3A play.

Fort Stockton took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning, regained the lead in the third after the Eagles tied the score, and then broke things open by scoring five runs in the sixth inning, helped by three of the Eagles’ six errors in what ended up as a 12-6 win for Fort Stockton.

A throwing error by Jessica Florez opened the sixth, and the Eagles would then see Ruby Bernal come up with a two-run bunt double, followed a few moments later by a bloop single by Heather Garvin which outfielder Jenny Palomino threw past first base trying for a play on Garvin, it scored Bernal and Garvin circled the bases when catcher Bianca Baeza threw by second base, also in an attempt to get Garvin, and the ball ended up going to the fence in centerfield.

“The general rule is every time you make an error, you give up a run,” Eagles’ coach Tammy Walls said. “But we’re still a very young team, and I think we got a little excited when Fort Stockton got ahead and tried to make some throws that we never should have made.

“Those were some costly decisions that a young team can make. I don’t expect them to happen continually, and I do expect us to learn from those mistakes,” Walls said.

Eagles’ pitcher Amalie Herrera survived a first inning error unharmed, and the second inning error on Pecos really didn’t appear to be one, but ended up costing Pecos a pair of runs.

Hillery Hinojos appeared to have her foot on the bag when she took a throw from Danielle Garcia on Gabriela Cordero’s grounder. But Cordero was ruled safe, and after a walk to Soli Hernandez, Jodi Alvarado doubled to centerfield, scoring both runners.

Fort Stockton’s mistakes mainly came in the bottom of the inning and helped Pecos tie the score. Garcia reached on a passed ball third strike by Cordero, and after a walk and wild pitch advanced both runners, Garcia scored when Jessica Gonzales missed a throw to first by pitcher April Singh on Bianca Baeza’s grounder to the mound. Florez then scored on a ground out to first by Hinojos.

Fort Stockton retook the lead in the third with a pair of two out runs. Cordero hit a two-out ground rule double to score Singh, after she had reached on a fielder’s choice grounder after a walk to Ruby Bernal. Courtesy runner Reba Bernal then came home on an error by Baeza, who threw past third as Bernal tried to advance on a wild pitch by Herrera.

The Eagles had another questionable call go against them in their next at bat, as Herrera was caught stealing at second even though it appeared Garvin had missed the tag. It hurt the Eagles when Garcia and Flores then walked and Baeza singled to center, scoring only one runner. Hinojos then followed with a single, but Florez was thrown out at home to keep the Prowlers in the lead.

Both teams scored runs in the fourth, and both were earned. A single by Cassandra Garrison, a bloop double down the line in left by Gonzales and a Bernal ground out made it 5-3, but the Eagles cut it to 5-4 when Vanessa Valeriano scored after a lead-off walk on a wild pitch, sacrifice bunt by Cassandra Terrazas and a Savannah Ewing ground out.

The Prowlers were held scoreless in the fifth, but the Eagles couldn’t capitalize on a pair of errors by Garrison at third base in the bottom of the inning. She dropped a pop up by Herrera, but she then hesitated trying to steal second, and this time was definitely tagged out as Singh struck out Garcia. Florez then reached on another error by Garrison, buy Baeza popped to second to end the inning.

Florez’ error on Garrison’s leadoff grounder was followed by a walk to Lupito Leyva and an infield hit by Gonzales. A passed ball by Baeza scored one run, and Bernal then laid a bunt down between first and second with second baseman Kelsey Flores breaking towards second base. That allowed the ball to roll into short right field, scoring two runs, and when Flores chased the ball down, Bernal was free to go to second, when Florez didn’t get over to the base in time.

Pecos got two runs back in the bottom of the inning on two out RBI singles by Ewing and Herrera, along with a single by Valeriano and a walk to Palomino. But the Prowlers got those runs back with their own two out hits, a single by Gonzales and a triple by Bernal after a leadoff double by Alvarado. Singh then retired Pecos in order in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.

The win was Fort Stockton’s second this year over Pecos, the other coming last month in tournament play at Midland. It evened the Prowlers’ District 3-3A record at 1-1, while the Eagles fell to 2-1 and 5-7 overall, going into their game on Friday at home against Monahans. The Loboes non-district game on Tuesday against Midland Christian was rained out, but they beat Fort Stockton at home last Friday by an 11-0 score after opening district with a shutout victory over Seminole.

Ft. Stockton 0 2 2 1 0 5 2 -- 12 11 3 Pecos 0 2 1 1 0 2 0 -- 6 7 6 Singh and Cordero. Herrera and Baeza. W - Singh. L - Herrera. E - Fort Stockton, Gonzales, Garrison 2. Pecos, Ewing, Hinojos, Baeza 2, Florez, Palomino. DP - Fort Stockon 1. 2B - Fort Stockton, Cordero, Gonzales, Ru. Bernal, Alvarado. 3B - Fort Stockton, Ru. Bernal. S - Pecos, Terrazas 2. SB - Fort Stockton, Re. Bernal. Pecos, Herrera. CS - Pecos, Herrera 2. WP - Fort Stockton, Singh. Pecos, Herrera 2. PB -- Fort Stockton, Cordero 2. Pecos, Baeza 4.

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