Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
March 13, 2001
Fast start carries Eagles to 17-4 win over Bucks
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, March 13, 2001 - The Pecos Eagle hitters picked up where they
left off on Saturday against the Alpine Bucks, avenging an earlier one-run
loss to Alpine by walloping the Bucks at home Monday evening by a 17-4
The Eagles, who strung four straight hits together to beat Monahans
in extra innings at the West Texas March Classic on Saturday, 6-5, racked
Alpine's Brent Mata for seven hits and nine runs in the first inning Monday,
then added eight more runs over the next three innings off reliever D.T.
Dominguez. Barney Rodriguez had the big hit in the opening inning, a three-run
homer to center field, while Alex Garcia later hit a two-run shot down
the line in left off Mata, and David Elkins tagged Dominguez for a grand
slam home run in the third inning.
"They looked good today," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams. "Eighteen
hits, I can live with that.
"Joey Ortega (single and RBI double) stepped up and hit the ball good,
and the others stepped up and hit the ball good for Mason (Abila). He's
been hitting the ball well, but he had a few problems today, and when he's
not hitting the other kids have got to step it up and hit and that's what
they did," Williams said.
Abila went 1-for-4, and lost a chance for a hit when Ian Leblanc threw
out Alex Garcia at second base on a bloop into short right field. Garcia
had singled home Richard Rodriguez, who was hit by a pitch and then stole
second, and after Garcia was thrown out Angel Villalobos followed with
a single and Barney Rodriguez smacked his first homer of the season, off
a tree limb in center field.
Mata then walked Freddy Torres and saw him reach second on a fielder's
choice grounder by Rigo Ramirez, before scoring on Capi Magana's base hit.
After Elkins struck out a single by Richard Rodriguez made it 7-0 and Garcia
followed with his homer for a 9-0 lead.
However, given a big cushion to work with on the mound, Villalobos only
lasted 1 1/3 innings before being replaced by Matthew Levario, who ended
up earning the victory. Angel Torres homered in the second after Jaime
Rojo reached on an error, and Villalobos left one out later, following
a walk to George Keller and John Navarrette's RBI single, when he hit No.
9 batter Joseph Monclova with a pitch.
"Angel didn't have it today, but Matthew came in a threw strikes and
did a good job," said Williams. Levario was tagged for a couple of long
drives by the Bucks and gave up five of Alpine's eight hits in 3 2/3 innings
of work, but was helped when the wind blowing out to left field died down
after the second inning, as a couple of deep fly balls by the Bucks were
hauled in near the fence by the Eagles' outfielders.
Mata's problems continued in the second inning even after he swapped
placed with Dominguez at shortstop. He and booted a grounder by Ramirez,
who then scored when Anthony Ramon misplayed Magana's single to left field.
Magana scored when Leblanc misplayed Richard Rodriguez, bloop hit to right,
and after another error by Mata, Rodriguez came in on Villalobos' bloop
single to left, giving Pecos back a nine-run lead.
Elkins' grand slam in the third was a line shot over the fence in center,
and followed singles by Ortega, Ramirez and Magana to make it 16-3. Pecos'
final run came in the fourth on Ortega's double, following a single by
Meanwhile, the Eagles still had a few of the problem on defense the
suffered through during the first two weeks of the season. They allowed
an unearned run in the second and another in the fifth, when Mata scored
on a Keller single, after Villalobos threw wide to second on a fielder's
choice grounder by Torres. But the Eagles also were able to nail Mata at
home plate in the third inning, as he tried to score on Keller's bloop
single to center field.
The win evened Pecos' season record at 5-5 going into this weekend's
Alpine Tournament. The tournament closes out pre-district play for the
Eagles, but they'll open up play at 10:15 a.m. Thursday against District
2-4A rival San Elizario. Fabens, which is picked to win the district title
this season, is also entered in the tournament.
Track squad places second at Wink meet
PECOS, March 13, 2001 - Gold medals in all three relay events helped the
Pecos Eagle girls score 122 points and finish second to the host Wink Wildcats
at the Wildcat Relays over the weekend.
The Eagles got nearly half their points from the three relay wins. Mari
Mendoza, Jessica Rodriguez, Mindi Harrison and Yvette Barreno won the 400
meter relay with a 54.50 time; Martinez, Barreno Tiana Terry and Michelle
Saenz took the 800 meters with a 1:54.28 time, and Rodriguez, Mendoza,
Saenz and Jessica Barrera won the 1600 meter run with a 4:28.19 total.
Terry also won the 100 meter dash wit a 13.82 time and was second in
the 200 meters, while Saenz was second in the 800 meter dash and Maricela
Martinez was third. Harrison picked up a third place earlier in the triple
jump, and Stephanie Herrera got Pecos' other medal on the day, finishing
third in the shot put competition.
Pecos' other points came from Kelsey Holt, fifth in the 3200 meter run,
Herrera, fifth in the discus, and from Nicole Payne and Martinez, fifth
and sixth in the 1600 meter run.
Wink won the meet with 128 points and Van Horn was third, with 66 points.
Pecos had been scheduled to host the West of the Pecos Relays this weekend,
but that has bee canceled due to a lack of teams. The Eagles next meet
will be on March 24, when they go to Kermit for the Permian Basin Relays.
Soccer sign-ups set to end Friday
PECOS, March 13, 2001 - Registration for the Reeves County Community Sports
and Recreation Department's Youth Soccer Program will continue through
this Friday at the RCCRD office in the old Pecos High School gym.
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 coaching and officiating, call the RCCRD
office at the old PHS gym, 447-9776.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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