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March 7, 2001

Eagles snap

slump, rout


PECOS, March 7, 2001 - First-year teams are still showing up across West Texas in girls softball, and for the Pecos Eagles, one of them provided some needed relief from the team's two-week hitting slump on Tuesday.

The Eagles, who racked up 26 runs against Crane last month in that team's first-ever varsity softball game, piled up the runs again Tuesday afternoon in Marfa, snapping a five-game losing streak wit a 36-3 victory over the first-year Shorthorns squad.

"We took our JV players and played them too," said Eagles' assistant coach Becky Wein. "We played the first three innings with the varsity, and then the JV girls went in."

Wein said the teams went past the normal 15-run rule in softball after four innings. "We didn't go with the run rule because we wanted to let all the girls play. We don't have that many JV games scheduled, so we wanted to try and get all of them in."

Wein said Ashley Salcido had a shot off the fence for the second straight game. "She had a couple of really good hits and Rebecca (Wein) hit doubles every time she got up to bat."

Wein said pitcher Alexa Marquez also had a good day at the plate against Crane, while pitching the first three innings for the Eagles. Stephanie Herrera came on and finished things off on the mound.

Marfa is one of the few Class A teams in the area with a softball program, and Wein said, "They had a first-year pitcher who was a lot slower than what we had seen at the tournament, and our girls were really hitting the ball yesterday.

"We've been playing good defense, but we just haven't been able to hit the ball so far. That's been our weakness," she added.

The win improved the Eagles' season record to 3-8 going into their final two pre-district games, this Saturday at Fort Stockton. The Eagles will face the host Prowlers at 1 p.m. and will then take on the Sonora Broncos. District 2-4A play begins on March 16 at home against Clint.

Eagles' defense flies the coop in 13-3 loss to Permian


Staff Writer

PECOS, March 7, 2001 - Two years ago, the Pecos Eagles' error-filled pre-district schedule bottomed out against Colorado City in the consolation quarterfinals of the West Texas March Classic.

This year, the West Texas March Classic is looming on Thursday for Pecos, and coach Bubba Williams wants to avoid seeing his team back in the consolation quarterfinals against Colorado City. But that will take a major turnaround in the Eagles' fielding following Tuesday's 13-3 loss to the Odessa Permian Panthers.

Pecos turned things around after their awful defensive start in 1999 to reach the Region I-4A semifinals, and will try to overcome the same problem this year. They committed five errors on Tuesday in a six-run second inning by Permian, and missed fly balls and cutoff throws in the other innings while allowing the Panthers to score an easy win in just over 90 minutes.

The loss also had Williams warning his players they needed to improve their efforts on Thursday, when the Eagles face Abilene Wylie in their tournament opener at Midland's Christensen Stadium, starting at 2 p.m.

"Richard (Rodriguez) didn't do a bad job pitching we just didn't play good defense," Williams said. "We didn't get the clutch hits when we needed to, and then we came back and made errors when they hit the ball."

Rodriguez was making his debut on the mound for Pecos and lasted only 1 2/3 innings, leaving after his own throwing error allowed Permian to score their final run of the inning. Logan Parker did have an RBI double and Adriel Herrera an RBI single in the inning, but they came following the first three Eagle errors and two walks by Rodriguez had already broken a 1-1 tie.

Parker had singled home the game's first run in the opening inning, after Justin Whitaker doubled, while Rodriguez doubled off Josh Snepp to start the bottom of the first and scored on a Mason Abila sacrifice fly.

Capi Magana, who had problems on the infield in the second inning, relieved Rodriguez and got the final out of the second inning and held Permian scoreless in the third, while Pecos pushed across two more runs to make it 7-3. But an error by Rodriguez, now at shortstop, and a lost fly ball by Alex Garcia t hat turned into a double kicked off a five-run inning in the fourth for Permian.

The Panthers did touch Magana for three real hits after that to get their runs, before Sebero Jaquez snared a Cody Zimmerman liner and turned it into an inning-ending double play. The Eagles then turned a regular shortstop-second-first double play in the fifth inning, but it came after Permian greeted sophomore Matthew Levario with three straight singles, and Whitaker was able to score Permian's 13th run on the double play, which allowed the Panthers to end the game in the fifth under the 10-run rule.

Pecos got one tainted run in the third when Rodriguez scored after an infield single, when Mason Abila singled to right and Gabe Ontiveros' throw home bounced past catcher Ben Gattell. Angel Villalobos then doubled down the line in left to score Abila, but Snepp got Magana and Levario for the final two outs to kill the rally.

"I know we're a better team than that," Williams said. "We seem to make one mistake right now and another one follows. But out pitchers can't afford to get frustrated out there."

The Eagles go into the West Texas March Classic with a 2-3 record, and will play their second game at 9 a.m. on Friday. A win over Wylie would put Pecos up against either Alpine or Seminole at Christensen Stadium, while a loss would leave the Eagles facing a consolation quarterfinal match-up either against Colorado City or Monahans.

Youth soccer

clinic is set

PECOS, March 7, 2001 - The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department will be holding a youth soccer clinic on Thursday, prior to the start of the spring soccer league season.

The clinic is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, in the Pecos High School old gym.

Registration for the spring soccer season continues through Friday, March 16, and the recreation department is also seeking anyone interested in either coaching or officiating during the upcoming spring soccer season. For further information on the clinic or on the spring soccer program, call the RCCRD office at the old PHS gym, 447-9776.

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