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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, April 19, 2000
Lions use big finish to blast Eagles
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Aprl 19, 2000 -- The Clint Lions controlled the end of the game
again on Tuesday against the Pecos Eagles, and as a result, the Lions were
able to claim the 2000 District 2-4A baseball title.
Clint, which turned a 3-3 tie after four innings against Pecos three
weeks ago into a 10-3 win, turned a 2-1 lead at the same point on Tuesday
into a 14-2 victory over Pecos, dropping the Eagles back into a tie for
second place in the District 2-4A baseball standings.
Freddy Ortiz kept the Eagles off-balance all night, allowing just six
hits and only one really hard-hit ball, an RBI single by Josh Casillas
off the glove of Jeremy Arnold in the sixth inning. But by then, the Lions
already held an 10-1 lead, and they would score four more times in the
seventh off Luis Salgado, who came on in relief of starter Richard Rodriguez.
"You've got to give their kid credit, on the mound he did a good job
pitching and we did a poor job hitting," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams.
"We're just not hitting the ball the way we did last year. We had 31 home
runs last year, this year we only have three. We're not getting the hits
when we need them."
Ortiz capped his night with a two-run homer off Salgado in the sixth,
that gave the Lions as many home runs in the game as the Eagles have collected
all season. In the fifth inning, Josh Duran and Patrick Tullius hit back-to-back
home runs off Rodriguez, part of a five run inning that turned a 2-1 lead
into a 7-1 advantage.
Rodriguez was making his first start since lasting just six batters
into the game against Colorado City back on March 11. "I thought Richard
did a good job, and if we had gotten it tied up, it might have been different,"
said Williams, referring to the bottom of the fourth inning, when Pecos
scored their first run off Ortiz.
Joey Garcia singled to lead off the inning, but was thrown out trying
to steal second base by Duran. Mason Abila then singled and after an intentional
walk to Casillas and a wild pitch, Ortiz got Rodriguez to line out to first
baseman Bobby Morales.
Ivan Gubara was up next and he hit a grounder to short that pinch-runner
Joey Trujillo screened out Arnold on, causing him to bobble the ball for
a run-scoring error. But Ortiz came back to get Barney Rodriguez on a bouncer
to third baseman Larry Ochoa to end the inning.
Richard Rodriguez' biggest problems came with Ortiz, the Lions' No.
3 hitter, and Ochoa, the No. 9 hitter who went 4-for-4 on the night. He
started the big fifth inning for Clint with a double to right-center field,
and scored after a single by Arnold and another double, by D.J. Check.
Duran followed with his homer, a two-run shot down the line in left, while
Tullius hammered a two-strike fastball from Rodriguez over the fence in
left center moments later to make it a 9-1 game.
The loss dropped Pecos to 4-3-1 in district, while Clint improved to
8-0. The Eagles now head to Canutillo for a 5 p.m. game Thursday that could
determine their playoff fate. Canutillo beat El Paso Mountain View on Tuesday
by a 14-8 score and at 4-4 are only a half game in back of the Eagles in
the district standings.
Meanwhile, Fabens defeated San Elizario, 11-6, to tie Pecos for second
in district. The Wildcats finish with games against Mountain View and Canutillo,
plus a make-up of their tie game with the Lobos, while the Eagles will
make up their tie game with San Elizario next Tuesday, before facing San
Eli to close out the regular season of play.
Junior high netters split with Ft. Stockton
PECOS, Apr. 19, 2000 -- Pecos’ junior high tennis teams came up with a
split of their matches Tuesday afternoon at home against Fort Stockton,
with the seventh grade Eagles beating the Cubs by a 10-4 score, while the
eighth graders were edged by Fort Stockton, 7-6.
“That’s the second time this year they’ve beaten Fort Stockton,” junior
high tennis coach Brian Williams said of the seventh graders.
Sterling Ingram and Chris Hernandez won both their singles and doubles
matches for the seventh graders, while on the girls’ side, Jennifer Montano,
Sara Natividad, Adrienne Natividad and Bernadette Machuca were singles
winners, and in doubles play Pecos swept all three matches, with six different
players. Catherine Garcia and Cirne Fuentes won at No. 1 doubles, Camilla
Alvarado and Krystal Matta won at second seed and Angie Crawford and Angelica
Pando were winners at No. 3 seed.
In the eighth grade division, Trent Graham and Michael Orona were winners
in boys singles and Natalie Ornelas, Whitney Lamb, Chantel Orona and Anna
Carrasco won their singles matches, but Fort Stockton swept all four doubles
matches on the day to earn the victory.
Results are listed below. Full names were not available for Fort Stockton’s
eighth grade girls’ players.
Sterling Ingram defeated Brian Garvin, 9-8; Chris Hernandez
defeated Julio Torres, 10-8, Jose Pando lost to Kyle (no name available),
Catherine Garcia lost to Gabby Jordan, 8-1; Cirne Fuentes
lost to Jamie St. Clair, 9-7; Jennifer Montano defeated A.D. Lopez, 8-1;
Sara Natividad defeated Micaela Martinez, 8-2; Adrienne Natividad defeated
Jessica Tellez, 8-0; Bernadette Machuca defeated Leigh Hampton, 8-5; Cynthia
Pando lost to Hillary Ben, 6-8.
Ingram and Hernandez defeated Garvin and Torres, 8-0.
Garcia and Fuentes defeated Jordan and St. Clair, 8-3;
Camilla Alvarado and Krystal Matta defeated Tellez and Ben, 6-4; Angie
Crawford and Angelica Pando defeated Martinez and Hampton, 6-4.
Trent Graham defeated Zack Howard, 8-2; Michael Orona
defeated Howard, 8-3; Andres Ascencia lost to Adrian Garcia, 8-1.
Natalia Ornelas defeated Casee, 8-4; Whitney Lamb defeated
Crystal, 8-2; Chantel Orona defeated Nina, 8-0; Sara Pena lost to Vanessa,
8-4; Cassie Reyes lost to Jolee, 8-2; Aysha Hernandez defeated Nancy, 8-2.
Ascencia and Andrew Ramirez lost to Howard and Garcia,
Ornelas and Lamb lost to Casee and Crystal, 8-5; Orona
and Pena lost to Dennett and Rocha, 8-6; Anita Rodriguez and Mallory Eamon
lost to Lopez and Nancy, 6-4.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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