Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, March 17, 2000
Eagles leave Lobos out in cold
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Mar. 17, 2000 -- Wearing shorts in 50-degree weather and 25
mph winds may not have played a factor in the El Paso Mountain View Lobos'
early game problems against the Pecos Eagles. But it did take the Lobos
a long time to warm up in Thursday's District 2-4A softball game.
Pecos took advantage of a series of Mountain View mistakes to race out
to an 8-0 lead after four innings, then survived their own errors after
that, as the Lobos would get the tying run to the plate in the seventh
before the Eagles escaped with an 8-5 victory in the make-up game of last
week's winded-out district home.
The temperature was around 70 in El Paso on Thursday, but when Mountain
View arrived in town they were greeted by a cold north wind at Martinez
Field and an Eagle squad wearing sweatshirts and hoods in the early innings,
before the sun finally poked through the clouds.
By the time that happened, Pecos had built up a big lead against pitcher
Heather Bustamante, though almost all of that was due to defensive mistakes.
"Our hitting never really game around," said coach Tammy Walls, whose
team had scored 44 runs in their first two District 2-4A road games. "I
don't know if it was because we were playing at home, but we didn't do
anything, and we looked good in batting practice this morning."
Leadoff hitter Jessica Rodriguez was one of the few Eagles to have a
good day at the plate, with singles in her first two trips to the plate.
In the first inning, she then stole second, moved to third when Christina
Aguilar dropped Kathy Maldonado's pop up to second base, and scored on
a passed ball strikeout of Valerie Gonzales.
Maldonado then scored on a Katrina Quiroz single for a 2-0 lead, and
the Eagles would add two more unearned runs in the second inning.
Maricela Arenivas got on when Jennifer Barraza dropped Bustamante's
throw to first base. One out later Rodriguez singled, and after Maldonado
popped out to Barraza both runners scored when right fielder Claudia Salazar
dropped Gonzales' fly ball.
Quiroz then singled down the left field line and after Rebecca Wein
walked to load the bases, Evelyn Galindo hit a grounder to shortstop Susy
Alva that Quiroz ran in front of, screening out Alva's view. The ball went
past her for a two-run error and a 6-0 Pecos lead.
The Eagles got their final two runs in the fourth, when Salazar and
center fielder Lucia Gonzalez dropped fly balls by Quiroz and Wein, and
Bustamante then threw the ball past first base on a Galindo grounder back
towards the mound.
Down by eight, Mountain View got on the scoreboard in the fifth when
Avla doubled down the line in right field and Bustamante followed with
a one out single to right. The Eagles then gave the Lobos another run when
Gonzales and Quiroz missed grounders by Gonzalez and Barraza, allowing
pinch-runner Annette Zamora to come home on Erika Carrillo's ground out.
In the sixth, it was a walk to Salazar, a wild pitch by Alexa Marquez
and a throwing error by Arenivas on an Alva grounder to third that brought
home one run, and Bustamante then singled home Alva to make it 8-4. Then
in the seventh, Mountain View got runners on second and third with none
out when Marquez walked Barraza and Carrillo hit a grounder through Quiroz'
legs to shortstop for another error.
A sacrifice fly by Brizaida Nieto made it 8-5, and the Loboes then got
the tying run to the plate after Aguilar singled off Rodriguez' glove at
first base. But Marquez came back to get Salazar on a pop up to Arenivas
and Galindo ended the game with a running catch of an Alva fly ball just
in foul territory.
"I think the wind played a factor in the game," Walls said. "There were
several balls that went foul down the right field line that would have
been fair," she said, referring to a couple of shots by Eagle batters during
The win kept the Eagles unbeaten in district play at 3-0, going into
Saturday's 2 p.m. CST game at San Elizario, which is 2-1 in 2-4A play.
The Eagles then go to Clint next Tuesday, where they suffered their only
loss in district a year ago.
Golfers in Stockton, track teams in Crane
PECOS, Mar. 17, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles' boys' golf team braved the cold
this morning to begin a two-day tournament in Fort Stockton, while Pecos'
track teams will be hoping things warm up by Saturday morning, when they
head for Crane to compete in the Golden Crane Relays.
The track teams and boys golf teams both are in action the final weekend
of Spring Break, while Pecos' girls golf, tennis and baseball teams are
idle until next week.
The boys placed 21st a week ago in a two-round tournament
at San Angelo, then finished first this past Monday at the Clint Invitational
in El Paso. Golfer Michael Baca was the most consistent Eagle during the
54 holes of play, shooting 81s both days at San Angelo and an 80 in El
Paso, while golfers Cortney Freeman and Tye Edwards cut about 10 strokes
off their San Angelo totals, tying for runner-up medallist honors behind
Clint's Clinton Moore with rounds of 79.
Pecos' track teams both improved on their point totals last week, with
the boys scoring 36 points at the West Texas Relays in Odessa and the girls
23 at the Ysleta Relays in El Paso. Saturday's track meet will start about
9 a.m. with field event finals and running preliminaries. Running finals
will begin Saturday afternoon.
Pecos' Len Carson picked up a pair of silver medals in Odessa, in the
300-meter hurdles and 800 meter run, while Daniel Terrazas earned a second
in the 200-meter dash. In El Paso, the girls picked up one medal, a third
from Alexandra Vasquez in the shot put, her first medal of the year. Distance
runner Kelsey Holt and long jumper Christina Arenivas have been the girls'
other medal winners so far in the 2000 track season.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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