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Thursday, February 1, 2001

Eagles face tougher softball schedule

PECOS, Feb. 1, 2001 -- The Pecos Eagles' softball team will be stepping their level  of competition up a notch this season, while at the same time trying  for their third straight District 2-4A title.

Practice began for Pecos this past Monday, and the Eagles will have their first scrimmage next Tuesday in Kermit against the Yellowjackets. They'll then have a four-team scrimmage on Saturday, Feb. 10 in Sweetwater before starting the 2001 season with a Feb. 13 home game against the Crane Golden Cranes.

But it's the month after that where the schedule will toughen up for Pecos. After going 15-6 last season against some smaller school opponents, coach Tammy Walls' team will compete in the Andrews Tournament on Feb. 16-17, the Midland Tournament on Feb. 22-24 and the Snyder Tournament on Mar. 1-3.

The Eagles have played in the `B' division of the Midland Tournament the past three years, but this will be their first trips to Andrews and Snyder. They'll face Wolfforth-Frenship in their opening round game at Andrews, and take on Amarillo Palo Duro in their first game at the Snyder Tournament.

District play will open for the Eagles on March 16 at home against Clint, the team they've beaten out for the district title the past two seasons. Their first road game is on March 20 in Fabens, and the girls will play their district rivals in the same order the boys baseball team will face their 2-4A foes, closing out regular season play by hosting San Elizario on April 20.

Walls expects to have at least six starters back from last year's team, which has benefited from the move to District 2-4A. After an 0-9 mark in their first year of varsity softball in 1998, the Eagles have gone 9-1 in district each of the past two seasons, falling to Hereford last year in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs.

As of now, though, Walls said most of her players are newcomers. "Right now we've got about 22 girls out, and we're still waiting for some more off the basketball and swimming teams," which include five of the six returning starters.

This is also the first year since 1998 the Eagles will have a junior varsity team. It will also open play against Crane on Feb. 13, but will only play a one-month schedule.

"Probably at the beginning of the season we'll carry 13 or 14 on the JV, but their schedule is kind of abbreviated, so I may pull some of them up from the JV to go with us when we get into district," Walls said.

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