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March 5, 2001
Monahans rain cancels Eagles' tourney games
PECOS, March 5, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles' pitching staff will definitely
be well-rested for the upcoming busy week, after seeing their final two
scheduled games at the Sandhills Baseball Tournament in Monahans canceled
because of Friday's rains and wet field conditions on Saturday.
The Eagles, who lost their tournament opener to Alpine on Thursday,
7-6, had their scheduled game on Friday at first pushed back to mid-afternoon
and then canceled, while the rains in Monahans were heavy enough to scrub
all the games on Saturday, even after skies had cleared.
That will leave most of the Eagles' pitching staff with over a week's
rest for what could be as many as five games over the next five days, beginning
with Tuesday evening's match-up against Odessa Permian and continuing into
the West Texas March Classic at Midland this weekend. Pecos faces Abilene
Wylie at 2 p.m. on Thursday and will then take on either the winner of
the Seminole-Alpine game or the loser of the Monahans-Colorado City game
at 9 a.m. on Friday.
Pecos' junior varsity, meanwhile, did get in their tournament games
at the Kermit JV Tournament, defeating Greenwood and Monahans before falling
to Midland Christian in the title game on Saturday. The JV is scheduled
to play at Odessa Permian on Tuesday afternoon.
Pecos LL holds meeting tonight at Saragosa Hall
PECOS, March 5, 2001 - The Pecos Little League will be holding a meet at
7 p.m. tonight at Saragosa Hall to discuss the upcoming 2001 Little League
and Senior League baseball seasons, according to Lee Serrano of the Pecos
All coaches and others interested in helping out during the 2001 season
are urged to attend the meeting.
Netters place second in own tournament
PECOS, March 5, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles picked up a pair of division titles
and finished second overall on Friday, in a rain-delayed Pecos Invitational
"Our kids did well," said coach Bernadette Ornelas. Midland Trinity
won the tournament title, after play was delayed by over four hours due
to Friday morning's showers.
"We were about ready to cancel it. The teams were tired of waiting around
in the gym, and I was just about ready to call it when the rain stopped
around 11:30," Ornelas said Friday.
Trent Graham and Natalia Ornelas won their division titles in singles
play. Graham beat Alpine's Omar Pineda, 6-2, 6-3, Monahans' Nolan Pritchard,
6-2, 6-2, and Winks Kevin Benham, 6-2, 6-2, to win that division, while
Ornelas defeated Monahans' Crista Wilkinson, 6-3, 6-3, Alpine's Sarah Metler,
6-2, 6-3 and Trinity's Leann Giles, 6-2, 6-4 in the finals.
Metler, a former Pecos player, defeated another Eagle player, Jennifer
Rayos, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, after she defeated Fort Davis' Jennifer Adams, 6-2,
6-3, in the opening round. Chantel Orona downed Fort Davis' Tiffany Maline,
6-2, 6-2, before losing to Alpines, Tonya Moore, 6-3, 7-5, while Beartice
Villarreal lost in the consolation finals to Trinity's Nicole Kennerly,
9-7, after beating teammate Jennifer Marquez, 6-2, and losing to Monahans'
Melissa Howard, 6-4, 6-4.
Marquez lost her opener to Giles, while in the lone boys singles match
besides Graham, Jay Dannelley lost in the semifinals of the boys' division
to Benham, 6-3, 6-4, after an opening 6-3, 6-2 victory over Monahans Simon
In girls doubles, Brenda Fuentes and Kristina Dominguez lost in the
finals to Midland Trinity's Teresa Bryan and Addie Smith, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.
In the semis, they had beaten Trinity's Megan McKenna and Emily McMillian,
6-2, 6-2, and opened with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Brandi Byler and Alma Valero
of Fort Davis. Bryan and Smith began play with a win over the Eagles' other
doubles team of Amanda Fleming and Elizabeth Carreon.
In boys' singles, Stephen Lamb and Orlando Mendoza won their first round
match from Eric Ruddy and Brandon McGraw of Alpine, and then lost to Erik
Hernandez and Justin Lackey of Fort Davis in the semifinals. Allen Almunia
and Michael Orona lost their opener to Fort Davis' Brian Benham and T.J.
Tredaway, then defeated Alpine's Clayton Labaume and Tell Mitchell before
falling to Wink's Clayton Hawkins and Peter York in the consolation semifinals.
The Eagles have one more match scheduled before Spring Break, a trip
to Odessa for a 4 p.m. dual meet against Odessa High on Tuesday.
Pecos struggles on offense in losses at Snyder tourney
PECOS, March 5, 2001 - Run scoring continued to be a problem for the Pecos
Eagles' softball team over the weekend, this time at the Snyder Tournament.
The Eagles, blanked three times already this season, were shut out three
more times in Snyder, falling to Greenwood, 5-0, and to both Del Rio and
Snyder 3-0 before losing a 7-5 game to Eastland to close out the two-day
"We played well defensively and our pitching looked good, but we didn't
hit the ball," said Eagles' coach Tammy Walls. "In the last game we finally
started hitting a bit, but we gave up four runs and made four errors in
the first inning."
Wall said Ashley Salcido had a double off the fence in center field
in the second inning against Eastland and Mya Gomez had a triple in the
fourth inning, but sprained her ankle rounding third and had to leave the
"The next batter hit to the pitcher and the sub we had running got thrown
out at home. When Mya got hurt that seemed to take the steam out of our
rally," said Walls, who added the game ended under the tournament time
limit after the fourth inning.
Salcido pitched for Pecos against Greenwood, while Alexa Marquez pitched
the other games for the Eagles. "We had some go to track, which left us
shorthanded in the infield and outfield, but Mya had a good tournament
until she got hurt, and Ashley did a good job at shortstop," Walls said.
"I hope to have her (Gomez) back by district."
The Eagles fell to 2-8 on the season with their losses, and will close
out their pre-district schedule this week with a Tuesday game at Marfa
and a Saturday trip to Fort Stockton. District 2-4A play opens for Pecos
on March 16 when they host Clint.
Eagle squads place seventh at Comanche
PECOS, March 5, 2001 - The points were about the same, though the finishes
were a little different for the Pecos Eagles track teams this past weekend
at the Comanche Relays in Fort Stockton.
Pecos' girls picked up three medals on the day, including their first
gold medal, though their 26 points overall was three less than at the season-opening
Sandhills Relays. Pecos' boys ended up with 28 points for the second week
in a row, though this time, they failed to earn a gold medal but had more
runners place in the Top 6 on the afternoon.
Michelle Saenz got Pecos its gold medal, winning the 800-meter run in
2:38.97 after fading to fourth at the Sandhills. "She cut about nine seconds
off her time this week," said Eagles' coach Lily Talamantez, while Tiana
Terry picked up a second place medal in the 200-meter dash and Stephanie
Herrera finished third in the shot put.
Terry ran a 29.16 in the 200 while Herrera's third place throw was 31-foot-3.
"I was really impressed with Tiana. She also got fifth in the 100,"
Talamantez said. "I think a lot of it has to do with maturity and working
real hard. I think all the girls realize the importance of warming up more
this year, so we haven't had the injuries we has last year."
Shana Tredaway did pull up running the 100 meter dash, Talamantez, said,
while the Eagles overall will without a few girls who competed at Monahans.
"I only had one regular girl on my relay. Some of them went to softball
and the others were at a UIL event, so that only left Tiana (on the 800
meter relay team), and we didn't even do the sprint relay."
The boys also were shorthanded on the relays at Fort Stockton, but got
a second place by Dainel Terrazas in the 400-meter dash and a fifth in
the 200, and a third from Genaro Mendoza in the 1600 meter run. Isaiah
Juarez, Nolan Blount and Jeremiah Mora were fourth through sixth in the
3200 meter run and Juarez was fifth in the 1600, while Jason Gonzales picked
up a sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles.
Terrazas was edged by .01 second by Crane's Albert Garcia in the 400,
and coach Jerry Parent said his 23.61 in the 200 was only .22 behind first
place Ruben Silvas of Monahans.
"Overall, I can't ask for any more out of the kids that we had," Parent
said. "We should have a full slate this Friday," when the Eagles go to
Odessa for the West Texas Relays.
Pecos finished seventh overall in the division, which was won by Crane
with 160 points to 79 for Monahans. Greenwood won the girls division title
with 189 points to 90 for Kermit.
The boys will be entered in the two-day meet at Ratliff Stadium, while
the girls will go to Wink on Saturday to compete in the Wildcat Relays.
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