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March 21, 2001

Eagles rally to down Wildcats, 15-5

PECOS, March 21, 2001 - The level of competition in District 2-4A softball is better this year, but the shortage of pitchers who can throw strikes on other teams continues to work to the benefit of the Pecos Eagles.

The Eagles improved to 2-0 in district on Tuesday with a six-inning, 15-5 victory in Fabens over the Wildcats. However, despite winning under the 10-run rule, the game was actually closer than the final score showed, as the Eagles used control problems by pitchers Corrine Garcia and Melissa Carrasco to score five times in the fifth inning and six times in the sixth to rally from an early 5-2 deficit.

The game was similar to last Friday's 13-9 win over Clint, in that Stephanie Herrera again came on in relief of starter Alexa Marquez to get the win and the Eagles again were more patient at the plate in the later innings, coach Tammy Walls said.

"It wasn't that she (Garcia) blew up, it was just that we didn't start that good," Walls said. "In the first couple of innings we were excited and swinging at bad pitches. Once we settled down we started being more selective."

"We had the bases loaded in the fifth inning with nobody out and Becca (Wein) up, and I could see in her eyes she wanted to swing. She didn't want to walk, but she walked and that's the patience we need in order to be a better ball team."

Marquez had two of the Eagles' seven hits in the game, including a single to open Pecos' five-run fifth, after the Eagles scored single runs in the third and fourth innings off Garcia. Herrera added a two-run single in the fifth, while walks were the main factor in the Eagles' six-run sixth inning.

Aside from the Eagles' hitting, Walls' main concern after Tuesday's game was Marquez' pitching. Garcia tagged the senior for a bases-loaded double in the second inning, one of three hits in the inning by the Wildcats. Fabens' other runs scored on an error by outfielder Marissa Mendoza, but Walls replaced Marquez on the mound with Herrera in the third, and she ended up striking out nine batters in her four innings or work.

"I don't know what the problem is. She (Marquez) has had some problems with her neck and is going to the doctor, but she doesn't have the speed she had last year," the Eagles' coach said.

Fabens only threatened once against Herrera, getting their first two runners on in the fifth before the freshman got out of trouble with a fielder's choice put out at third and two strikeouts to end the inning.

The win improved the Eagles' season record to 5-9 while Fabens fell to 6-9-1 on the season and 1-1 in district play. Pecos now returns home for a 4 p.m. game on Friday against the Canutillo Golden Eagles, who managed just three hits on Tuesday but still came away with a 12-10 victory over El Paso Mountain View.

Meanwhile, Clint, whose pitchers blew up at the end of Friday's game against Pecos, blew up again at the end of Tuesday's game against San Elizario and lost by a 14-9 score. San Elizario is tied for first with Pecos, both with 2-0 records.

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