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Thursday, April 27, 2000

Eagles look to cut `Herd down to size

PECOS, Apr. 27, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles' first trip to the Class 4A softball playoffs last season was over quickly. This time, coach Tammy Walls is hoping her team can hang around for a little while longer, starting tonight, when Pecos faces Hereford in an area round game in Midland.

The Eagles and Whitefaces will meet starting at 7 p.m. at Midland High's Muggs Field at Ulmer Park, located off Wall Street just east of Midkiff Road. It's the same field where the Eagles made their playoff debut a year ago, losing by a 12-0 score to the Pampa Harvesters.

Hereford finished second in District 3-4A this season, and defeated Canyon last week in the bi-district round of the playoffs by a 4-2 final score. And some of Pecos' girls already have faced Hereford in the playoffs once this year, when they were beaten on the Whitefaces' march to the Class 4A state title.

But Walls said, size-wise at least, that team and the `Herd's softball squad are different.

"They're not as big as I remember Pampa being last year," she said. "They got off the bus and it was a bunch of jolly green giants. Hereford's not like that, and I think that played a factor last year.

"Some of the girls were intimidated by how big Pampa's girls were, plus it was our first year in the playoffs. This year, we've got a year of playoffs behind, us, and I don't think we'll be intimidated when we go out there and play."

Hereford's Teresa Zimmerman picked up the win in last Friday's victory over Canyon, relieving starter Vickie Perez with the bases loaded and none out in the third inning. Canyon had just cut the `Herd's lead to 3-1, but Zimmerman then got a double play and pop up to get out of the jam.

"The first pitcher they had throws kind of a slingshot. She had trouble with her control," said Walls. "The second pitcher they put in there throws a regular windmill. She had some control problems too, but they were able to get through the game with her."

The Eagles will go with Alexa Marquez, who owns all 14 of the team's wins this season. "They hit some balls to left field, so we may try to pitch them outside a little," Walls said. Zimmerman and Ashley Gonzales had singles during Hereford's three-run first inning against Canyon.

For Pecos, Walls' main concern is the health of catcher Rebecca Wein, who had to bow out of the Region I-4A tennis tournament on Monday due to the flu. "She took some light batting practice yesterday and got some rest, but I don't know how she is today. We'll just have to see," Walls said.

Wein was the Eagles' hottest hitter over their final three regular season game, but the Eagles have been idle since clinching the district title with an 8-5 win over Clint on April 11.

"We may do something different in the ballgame as far as our batting lineup. We may try some different things," said Wein, who will also have Evelyn Galindo in right field in place of Maricela Areneivas, who is ineligible right now.

Relay squad set to race at regionals

Staff Writer
PECOS, Apr. 27, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles will have just one group of girls heading for San Angelo today, to compete in the Region- I-4A Track and Field Championships at Angelo State University.

Pecos' 400-meter relay team was the only squad to advance to the regionals, following the District 2-4A track meet on April 8 at San Elizario. Coach Lily Talamantez said her girls would be leaving this afternoon for San Angelo, though not all the team may be getting there at the same time.

"We may stop in Midland tonight and watch a little of the softball game," said Talamantez. "We have to pick up Jessica (Rodriguez) and Stephanie (Arreguy). Coach (Bubba) Williams is going to go over there with a van just in case," the game doesn't end before the track squad has to continue on to San Angelo.

Rodriguez is a member of the 400-meter team while Arreguy and Michelle Romo are the Eagles' two alternates to the squad, which placed second to Clint at the district meet. Yvette Barreno, Philly Fobbs and Christina Arenivas are the other members of the relay team.

Arenivas was one of several Eagles who just missed out on regional berths at San Elizario, where she was bothered by a pulled muscle suffered two weeks earlier. "It's still bothering her. She's jogging and stuff and she's just been able to start sprinting," Talamantez said.

She added that her girls are "nervous, but excited," about going to regionals. The Eagles will run at 6 p.m. on Friday in the preliminaries, and will have to improve on their district time of 54.5 seconds to have a shot at advancing to Saturday's finals.

"When the girls saw some of those 46 (second) times, they got real nervous, but we're just going to try to work on beating our personal (best) time."

Pecos' boys will have no runners entered at regionals for the first time in nine years. The Eagles lost out for second place in the 1600 meter relay in a controversial finish at San Elizario, while their only gold medal winner at district, 400 meter runner Daniel Terrazas, is ineligible until early May.

Wildcats opt to give Eagles second place

PECOS, Apr. 27, 2000 -- A 15-minute drive down Alameda Avenue apparently doesn't bother the Fabens Wildcats as much as taking a 200-mile trip down to Alpine.

That's because given a chance to force a playoff for second place with the Pecos Eagles in the District 2-4A baseball standings, the Wildcats opted to keep their tie game with the El Paso Mountain View Lobos and give Pecos second and the home field advantage in the bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs.

"We're not going to play it," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams, referring to the expected playoff game against Fabens on either Friday or Saturday in Alpine.

Both teams went into play on Tuesday with 5-3 records in district, plus one game suspended by darkness, But while the Eagles made up their game, beating San Elizario in 10 innings, 11-4, then taking the regular game by a 14-1 score, Fabens opted not to drive to Mountain View today to finish off their game, after closing regular season play with a 15-5 victory over Canutillo.

As a result, the Eagles will face either El Paso Bowie or El Paso Burges in the bi-district round of the playoffs, while the Wildcats will drive down the road to play at El Paso Ysleta in their bi-district match-up.

District 1-4A teams still have one game left on their schedule, so no plans for the playoffs can be made until this weekend. "I don't know yet who we're going to play," Williams said. "It will either be Burges or Bowie, but it will probably by Bowie,"

The teams will have the option of playing either a one game playoff in Pecos, or a best-of-three series, with either the opening game here on May 5 or Games 2 and 3 in Pecos on May 6.

Clint won the District 2-4A title with a 10-0 record, earning them the first round bye. They'll face either the second place team from District 3-4A or the third place team from District 4-4A in the area round, while the winner of the Eagles' series will face the District 4-4A champion in the area round.

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