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Thursday, May 11, 2000

Eagles look to counter Harvesters' hitters

By JON FULBRIGHT
Staff Writer
PECOS, May 11, 2000 -- The 2000 version of the Pecos Eagle baseball team has not had the same kind of success hitting as they did a year ago at least, not until last weekend's playoff series against El Paso Bowie.

The Eagles put up 19 runs in sweeping the Bears and almost equaled their home run total for all of the regular season, hitting three in the 7-2 and 12-7 wins over Bowie.

That kind of hitting figures to be what the Eagles will need to continue to do this weekend, when they go to Lubbock to take on a the Pampa Harvesters, a team that has been hitting the ball all season long.

The Eagles and Harvesters will meet in Game 1 of their best-of-three series at 7 p.m. Friday at Lubbock Christian University. Game 2 has been moved back from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday at LCU, with Game 3, if needed, starting about 4:30 p.m.

Both teams come into Friday's game with similar records -- the Eagles are 15-6 after their wins over Bowie, while Pampa was 19-6-1 but drew a first round bye after winning the District 3-4A title with a 9-1 mark. And while last year at this time Pecos had four starters hitting over .400 and the team had hit almost 30 home runs, this year none of their regulars is above that mark and Pecos has just eight homers on the year.

That's the same total as Pampa third baseman Greg Lindsey. "They say he's a Division I player," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams. Lindsey hit just over .400 during the regular season, while leadoff man Kaleb Snellgrooes was the Harvesters' leading hitter overall, and has scored 35 runs this season.

"The coaches I talked to said the 1 through 9 batters can hit the ball," said Williams, who'll start Josh Casillas on the mound in Game 1. Casillas had his best game since returning from tendonitis problems last Friday, four-hitting Bowie in the Eagles' 7-2 victory. It improved his record to 5-2 on the season.

Pampa figures to go with senior lefthander Brent Coffee, who is 8-1 after returning from a torn ligament in his arm that sidelined him at the end of last season. "He throws change-ups and is pretty crafty," Williams said. "He's a pretty confident pitcher who gets the job done."

In Game 2, senior Casey Owens, 6-2, will be the likely start, while Williams will have to decide between sophomores Capi Magana and Richard Rodriguez. Magana is 6-1 but was touched for 10 hits and six runs in four innings by Bowie, while Rodriguez allowed one run on three hits in relief, and picked up his first varsity win against one loss this season.

Williams said the only lineup change likely in Game 1 Friday compared to last week would be putting freshman Barney Rodriguez in at designated hitter. "I don't know who, right now, but we'll start him off at DH for someone and see how he does," Williams said. Rodriguez had three doubles and 7 RBI in 14 at bats so far this season.

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Saturday's 2 p.m. start will allow the Eagles to get back to Lubbock from Snyder, the closest place the team could find motel accommodations. Hotels in the Lubbock area are booked up because of the special Texas Tech commencement ceremonies, in which not only will this year's graduating class receive diplomas, but students from the Class of 1970 who did not have a commencement ceremony due to the tornado that tore through Lubbock will also receive their diplomas on Saturday.

The Eagles and Harvesters will be a few miles to the west from there, at Chaparral Stadium on the LCU campus, on 28th Street, east of Frankford. Fans headed to the game from Pecos should get on north Loop 289 at the Brownfield Highway (U.S. 62-82) and go one exit to 34th Street, exit and go right to Frankford, and from there left and six blocks north to 28th Street.

Junior golfers play in Kermit to end season

PECOS, May 11, 2000 -- The Pecos Junior High boys golf team will play their final tournament of the spring 2000 season this weekend, when they travel to Kermit for the fourth round of their area tournament.

Coach Jason Hewitt said his team was shorthanded this past weekend, when they shot a 427 in play at Andrews, where the host Mustangs placed first and Monahans was second.

"I've got a bunch of beginners right now," Hewitt said. "For about seven of them, this is the first time they've played."

Pete Vasquez was the only Pecos golfer to break 100 at Andrews, shooting a 91. Bubba Foster shot a 114, Simon Castillo shot a 116 while Jake Weinacht and Jack Bradley each shot 118s for the `A' team last week. The `B' team shot a 530, with Daniel Medina shooting a 126, Joseph Garcia a 131, Joseph Jaquez a 132, Gabriel Nativivdad a 141 and J. Ross Busby a 143.

With a full squad, both teams shot about 35 strokes better the previous week at Fort Stockton. The `A' team shot a 389 to finish fifth, behind Sonora (320), Andrews and Monahans (both at 350) and the host Panthers (381). Sal Nichols led the Eagles with an 87 score, followed by Vasquez with a 90, Michael Nichols with a 92, and Castillo and Bradley, each with 120s.

The `B' team shot a 493 at Fort Stockton, and were led by Weinacht's 110. Medina shot a 124, Jay Navarette shot a 128, Andre Varela shot a 131 and Joseph Garcia had a 132.

Pecos opened their spring season back on April 20 in Monahans, where the boys tied for fourth with Kermit, each shooting a 395 score. Andrews won that round with a 347, followed by Monahans at 354 and Fort Stockton at 371. Pecos' `B' team shot a 509 in their first tournament round.



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