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March 28, 2001

Monahans tourney helps set 2-4A seedings

PECOS, March 28, 2001 - With a 175-mile gap between the Pecos Eagles and their nearest District 2-4A rivals, the Eagles' tennis team normally has almost no contact with their district rivals during the Spring tennis season before the 2-4A tournament in April.

But coach Bernadette Ornelas said last Saturday's Sandhills Tennis Tournament in Monahans actually helped determine some of the seedings for next week's District 2-4A Tournament at San Elizario.

The Eagles placed fourth out of 11 teams at Monahans, and Ornelas said, "One good thing about the tournament was they had Clint and Fabens there, and some of our players got a chance to play their district competition," which in turn also helped determine the seedings for the 2-4A tournament, which were made Tuesday in Van Horn.

Natalia Ornelas is seeded No. 1 in girls' singles, after defeating Clint's Laura Loera in the consolation finals, 6-0, 6-0. Ornelas was beaten in her opening match by Midland Christian's Amber Rainal, 6-1, 6-0, who then took out the district's No. 2 seed, Clint's Laura Lechuga, by 6-0, 6-1 scores.

In boys' singles, the results were more clear-cut, as Pecos' Trent Graham defeated Fabens' Adrian Zavala, 6-1, 6-3, then lost to Clint's Martin Renteria, 6-1, 1-6 7-6 (7-5). "In the fall Trent lost to him (Zavala) in straight sets. This time he beat him in the quarterfinals and lost to Renteria by only two points in the semifinals, and that's why he's the No. 2 seed," Ornelas said. Renteria is seeded No. 1 in boys' singles at district, while Zavala is seeded No. 4, behind Clint's Alonzo Chacon, who lost in the semifinals on the other half of the Monahans bracket.

The other boys' singles player, Jay Dannelley, beat Fabens' Victor Segala 6-4, 6-3, and then lost to Monahans' Jared Atchison, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. On the girls' side Brenda Fuentes beat Melissa Patton, 6-2, 6-2, and then lost to Monahans' Lynsey Stout, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, while Jennifer Marquez beat Monahans' Kristina Wilkerson, then lost to Keleigh Drennon of Midland Christian.

In boys' doubles, Michael Orona and Orlando Mendoza are seeded No. 1 at district, after winning consolation over Monahans' Nolan Pritchard and Jason Hale, 6-4, 4-6 6-0. Pritchard and Hale had defeated Pecos' Phillip Salcido and Gary Garcia in the tournament semifinals, 6-4, 6-4.

None of Pecos' doubles teams are seed on the girls' side. Kristina Dominguez and Elizabeth Carreon won their opening match at Monahans, then lost to Amy Wagner and Rachel Fritch of Midland Christian; Jennifer Rayos and Whitney Lamb won their opener match over Midland's Ashlee Thane and Caroline Gother, then lost to Prairie Chamberlain and Kristen Hall of Monahans; and Beatrice Villarreal and Chantel Orona lost to a pair of Fabens teams around a win over San Angelo Lake View in the consolation quarterfinals. Lamb and Carreon and Dominguez and Fuentes will be the Eagles' doubles teams at district.

Key hits carry Eagles to 9-5 win over `Cats

PECOS, March 28, 2001 - All those hits with runners on base the Pecos Eagles were looking for in their District 2-4A opener last Friday they got on Tuesday in Fabens, and they needed all of them to defeat the Wildcats, as Fabens rallied twice and just missed a third comeback before the Eagles broke out for four runs in the seventh inning and won by a 9-4 score.

Barney Rodriguez, who missed Friday's 8-5 victory at home over Clint, picked up his third win in as many decisions on Tuesday, going the distances while striking out six and allowing eight hits. And like his win earlier this month over Monahans, when the Loboes stranded 15 runners on base, Rodriguez was able to pitch out of several jams, including a bases-loaded one in the bottom of the sixth and Pecos leading, 5-4.

The sophomore was able to get Rigo Estrada to ground to Richard Rodriguez, who was able to force J.R. Ontiveros at second base to end the inning. Eagles' coach Bubba Williams had Ontiveros intentionally walked after reaching base each of his first three times at bat, on two singles and a double.

He had scored in the first inning on a bad pickoff throw by catcher Mason Abila to tie the game at 1-1, after Richard Rodriguez scored on a Fabens error in the top of the first inning. In the third, he singled and scored on Tury Cleto's triple before Jorge Sanchez tied the game on a single to left field, and in the fifth he doubled and later scored to cut Pecos' lead to 5-4.

Unlike Friday's Pecos-Clint game, when almost all the runs by both teams were the result of errors instead of hits, Tuesday's game was mostly error-free after the first inning. Walks by starter Anthony Sanchez did help set up Pecos' scoring opportunities, but it was a pair of two-out two-run hits that got the Eagles their leads, as Richard Rodriguez tripled home Capi Magana and David Elkins in the second inning and Barney Rodriguez doubled home Richard Rodriguez and Abila in the fifth.

Pecos then added some insurance in the seventh inning by scoring four times, with the big hit a one-out double by Angel Villalobos off reliever Frank Cedillos, which ended a frustrating afternoon at the plate for the senior.

Villalobos had hit into a double play in the first inning after Pecos took a 1-0 lead, and then in the third lined into a triple play as Cleto took his shot to second base on a hit-and-run and doubled Alex Garcia off the bag, then threw to first base to get Abila.

Cedillos had come on in place of Sanchez in the seventh, after walks to Richard Rodriguez and Garcia and a single by Abila had loaded the bases. He then walked Barney Rodriguez to force home a run, and after Villalobos' double to left field, gave up an RBI single to Rudy Magana before being replaced on the mound by Alozno Favela, who then retired the side.

Barney Rodriguez then retired Cleto and Sanchez to lead off the seventh, then allowed a two-out walk before ending the game on a grounder to Magana at shortstop.

The win improved Pecos' record to 11-5 on the season and 2-0 in District 2-4A, while Fabens fell to 1-1 in district and 6-9 on the season. The Eagles are tied for first with San Elizario, who beat Clint by a 10-7 score on Tuesday, and are at home this Friday against Canutillo, which is 1-1 after their 12-0 victory over El Paso Mountain View.

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