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March 23, 2001

Pecos begins district play against Clint

PECOS, March 23, 2001 - The Clint Lions have not had a good pre-district schedule. The Pecos Eagles' pre-district schedule has been getting better in the past two weeks.

But Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said his team wasn't going to take the 1-11-1 Lions lightly this evening, when they host Clint at 6 p.m. in the District 2-4A baseball opener for both teams.

Last season, the Lions beat up on the Eagles twice on the way to the district title, winning by a 10-3 score in Clint, then routing the Eagles in Pecos, 14-2. This season, Clint's only win has come over San Antonio Breckinridge, 4-3, but the Lions have been playing mostly Class 4A and 5A teams in pre-district, and suffered one-run losses to Roswell Goddard and Big Spring and a two-run loss to El Paso Ysleta, last year's District 1-4A runner-up.

"We've got to worry about Clint on Friday. They've played some good 5A baseball schools and we can't overlook them no matter what their record is," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams. "We've got to play hard ever day."

Clint's latest loss came on Tuesday, by a 12-3 score to El Paso Americas. Bobby Morales, one of two returning starters for the Lions. But the game was tied at 3-3 until Americas scored nine times in the fifth inning, and both teams ended up with 10 hits apiece, with Morales, Patrick Estrada and Royce Hickman each going 2-for-4 in the loss.

Overall, the other returning starter, Kit Bramblett, has been the team's leading hitter. Bramblett, Morales, Jonathan Baeza and Fernie Lopez have been the Lions' starting pitchers this season with Morales owning the Lions' lone victory.

For Pecos this evening, Williams said Barney Rodriguez would start on the mound, Rodriguez is 2-0 on the season with both his victories coming in the Eagles' current six game winning streak. He defeated Monahans back on March 10, then defeated Greenwood last Friday in the Alpine Tournament and picked up a save the following night against the host Bucks in the tournament title game.

Eagles look to improve hitting, keep winning

PECOS, March 23, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles have shown during the first week of the District 2-4A softball season that you can win games even when you're not hitting well be drawing a lot of walks.

The Canutillo Golden Eagles showed on Tuesday you can win a game even when you're not hitting well and you're giving up a lot of walks.

The 2-0 Eagles will try to do a little more hitting and a little less walking today, while the Golden Eagles will try not to give up as many free passes this time around when Pecos hosts Canutillo in a 4 p.m. start at Martinez Field.

The Eagles have put the ball in play at times in their first two district games, but have not had a big hitting inning yet in district play. But they have taken advantage of control problems by Clint and Fabens pitchers to rally from 8-3 and 5-2 deficits to win their 2-4A openers over the Lions by 13-9 and 15-5 scores.

The Golden Eagles lost their district opener to Fabens by a 15-3 margin but on Tuesday outlasted El Paso Mountain View by a 12-10 score. Pitcher Cassandra Cisneros picked up the victory, despite a pitching line that listed her as having walked 18 batters.

Pecos' pitchers have walked only seven batters combined in their two district games so far, though coach Tammy Walls has had to replace starter Alexa Marquez both times after the Eagles fell behind against Clint and Fabens. Stephanie Herrera came on and earned both wins, but Walls said she would again start today at shortstop while Marquez would be the starter on the mound.

This is the first of two straight home games for Pecos. They'll host El Paso Mountain View next Tuesday, then close out the first half of district play a week from today in San Elizario, against the other Eagle team currently tied for first in the 2-4A standings.

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