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Thursday, May 18, 2000

Eagles put six players on all-district squad

Staff Writer
PECOS, May 18, 2000 -- Six members of the Pecos Eagles' baseball team were named to the All-District 2-4A baseball squad, five as members of the first team.

The names of the players were released following Pecos' elimination from the Class 4A playoffs by the Pampa Harvesters on Saturday in Lubbock. The Eagles lost in the area round of the playoffs a day after district champion Clint was eliminated from post-season play by Canyon Randall.

Seniors Josh Casillas and Kevin Bates were named to the first-team squad for the second year in a row, along with sophomore Mason Abila. Casillas was selected as a pitcher and Bates as an outfielder, while Abila was chosen as a utility player this season, after being selected as an outfielder his freshman season.

Also named to the first team for Pecos were senior outfielder Joey Garcia and sophomore pitcher Capi Magana, while senior shortstop Luis Salgado was a second team selection for the Eagles for the second year in a row.

Casillas shared Most Valuable Player honors last season with Clint's Freddie Ortiz, who won it outright this year, as Casillas missed the middle of the district schedule with a sore elbow. He came back to win twice in the second half of 2-4A play, then beat El Paso Bowie on a four-hitter in the bi-district round of the playoffs, and five-hit Pampa in the area round, before losing the deciding game to the Harvesters the following day.

He finished with a 6-3 record and a 2.82 earned run average in 57 2/3 innings with 81 strikeouts, while batting .362 with three home runs and 22 RBI.

Bates was the Eagles' starting right fielder for the third straight season, and also missed the middle part of the 2-4A schedule due to injury. He finished with a .318 average and led the team in runs scored with 26.

Abila spent most of this season at catcher, replacing his brother Mark, and finished with a .345 average, including 25 hits and 21 RBI.

Garcia was a first-year starter for the Eagles and ended up leading the team in both batting, with a .402 average, and in hits, with 29. He also had 13 RBI while splitting time between left and center field for the Eagles.

Magana became the team's No. 2 pitcher midway through the district schedule, and ended up with a 3-1 mark in 2-4A games, and a 6-1 record overall. He had a 4.41 earned run average in 44 innings of work, with 48 strikeouts.

Salgado batted .309 this season, he second full year as shortstop for Pecos, finishing the 21 hits and 10 RBI.

Clint, which went undefeated through the district schedule before losing their final three games, placed nine starters on the first-team squad, including Ortiz, a senior, who won eight of the Lions' 10 district contests. The other Clint players selected were D.J. Check and Patrick Tullius in the outfield, infielders Adam Romero, Larry Ochoa and Jeremy Arnold, Richard Fierro at designated hitter, catcher Josh Duran and pitcher Bobby Morales. All are seniors except for Morales, who is a junior.

Fabens, which finished third and lost to El Paso Ysleta in the bi-district round of the playoffs, put three players on the first team in senior catcher Martin Zavala, senior outfielder Sammy Alvarez and sophomore second baseman Michael Ontiveros, who was named Newcomer of the Year. Junior infielder Juan Quesada was named to the second team all-district squad for the Wildcats.

Canutillo put four players on the first team squad, in senior pitcher Pete Terrazas, junior infielder Jesse Ramirez, and sophomore infielder Carlos Torres and sophomore outfielder Julian Lopez. San Elizario had two first team selections, sophomores Jose Herrera on the infield and Angel Muela in the outfield, along with senior Jerry Rojas as a utility player, while El Paso Mountain View put senior pitcher Damian Lamas on the first team and senior catcher Victor Gonzales on the second team.

Junior golfers fifth in final tournament

PECOS, May 18, 2000 -- The Pecos junior high golf team completed their 2000 season this past Saturday with a fifth place finish in tournament play at Kermit, and fourth place effort overall four the four-round area tournament.

Andrews won the overall title, while Monahans beat out the Mustangs by one stroke to win the final round in Kermit. The Loboes shot a 368, while Fort Stockton was in third place with a 383. The host Yellowjackets shot a 395 score on Saturday while the Eagles were at 409 for the final 18 holes of play.

“We’re a young team and we should do better next year,” said coach Jason Hewitt, who had nine seventh graders among his 14 players this season.

Two of the five eighth graders, Pete Vasquez and Sal Nichols, led Pecos on Saturday with 95s and placed seventh in the medallist competition. Michael Nichols shot a 104, Jake Bradley shot a 115 and Simon Casstillo shot a 124 for the other `A’ team scores.

Jake Weinacht’s 112 led the `B’ team, and was followed by Jay Navarette’s 127. Daniel Medina and Andre Varela shot 130s, while Gabriel Natividad shot a 134 for the `B’ team, which tied Monahans’ `B’ team for eighth place, both with 499 totals.

Navarette, Medina and Bubba Foster are the other eighth graders on the junior high golf team this season. Hewitt said the `A’ team members were taken to all the tournaments, while `B’ team players were rotated to give every player a chance to compete in at least one tournament round.

Andrews `B’ shot a 413 and Kermit `B’ shot a 453 for the other scores on Saturday.

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