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April 11, 2001

Junior high teams place third in opening tourney

PECOS, April 11, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles' junior high boys and girls golf teams both placed third this past weekend, during the opening round of their area tournament at the Reeves County Golf Course.

Andrews' boys and Monahans' girls took the division titles for the tournament's first round, with Andrews' `B' team edging out Pecos' boys for second, while the Mustangs girls were second behind the Loboes. Andrews won the boys' title with a 335 score for the 18-hole tournament, while their `B' team shot a 380 to Pecos' 382. Fort Stockton was next at 403 and were followed by the Panthers' `B' team at 414, Monahans at 454, the Eagles' `B' team with a 474 total and Monahans `B' at 495.

Individually, Mikey Nichols was runner-up medallist for the tournament, shooting an 81 to finish three strokes behind Andrews' Jacob Subin. He was followed by Simon Castillo at 95, Alex Morales with a 101, Jake Weinacht with a 105 and Jack Bradley with a 118.

Andre Varlea's 105 score led the Eagles' `B' team. Joseph Garcia shot a 118, Joel Martinez had a 121, Bill Moody shot a 130 and J. Ross Busby shot a 155 for Pecos' other scores.

On the girls' side, Shelly Martinez won medallist honors for the opening round, with a score of 51 for the nine-hole tournament. She was followed by K'Dee Gulihur with a 64, Sarah Clark with a 67 and Susan Bradley with a 68, for a team score of 250. There were only four girls playing for the Eagles on Saturday.

Monahans won with a 224 score while Andrews was six strokes back at 230. Trailing the Eagles were Fort Stockton with a 265 and Andrews' `B' team, with a 268.

Saturday's play was the first of five rounds scheduled for the junior high golfers. Their remaining tournaments will be in Andrews, Monahans, Fort Stockton and Kermit.

Eagles leave Wildcats down and dirty

Staff Writer

PECOS, April 11, 2001 - They didn't have their normal lineup, and they did have a lot of wind and dust, but the Pecos Eagles softball team was able get in its game against the Fabens Wildcats on Tuesday and even with the revised lineup, get out of Martinez Field in just over 75 minutes with a 15-4 win over the Wildcats.

Coach Tammy Walls was without several players at the start of the game who were returning from band competition in El Paso, and played minus a couple of other players due to disciplinary reasons. But an eight-run second inning, and a wind-aided seven-run fourth allowed the Eagles to remain unbeaten in District 2-4A play and clinch their third straight trip to the playoffs in the process.

"I thought we played pretty good under the circumstances," Walls said. The high winds and dust caused two stoppages in play and got so severe at one point that Wildcats' centerfielder Olga Portillo couldn't be seen from home plate.

"I told them before the game that the other team had to play in this too," Walls said. "I was pleased we were able to focus and get done what we had to get done."

Alexa Marquez made her first pitching start since falling behind the Wildcats by a 5-2 score in the Eagles' second district game. This time, the senior allowed two hits and two runs in four innings of work, and also highlighted Pecos' eight-run second with an inside-the-park grand slam home run over Portillo's head, after starter Corinne Garcia had walked Jessica Rodriguez with the bases loaded to force home the game's first run.

"I thought Alexa did a good job out there under the circumstances, and I thought overall our defense was pretty good," Walls said. Leftfielder Leslie Rodriguez made a running catch on a Gabby Gomez fly ball to end the third inning, after playing the first two innings at shortstop, where she handled three ground balls for outs, including one on a deflection off Marquez' glove in the second inning.

She also picked up the game's first hit, a one-out single in the bottom of the second after a lead-off error by Fabens' third baseman Naellie Gallard. Corrine Garcia then hit Bre'Ann Windham with a pitch to load the bases, but then got a break, when Evelyn Galindo failed to tag up at third on Christy Contreras' fly ball to right field.

But she then walked Jessica Rodriguez and saw Marquez clear the bases with her homer for a 5-0 Pecos lead. The Eagles would score three more times with two outs, as Stephanie Herrera walked and scored on Rebecca Wein's single and two Fabens errors, Ashley Salcido tripled over Portillo's head and Galindo then brought her home with a single to left field.

Fabens got on the scoreboard in the fourth on back-to-back hits by Jessica Antunez and Garia, an error by Salcido at second base taking the throw from Leslie Rodriguez in left field, and a passed ball by Wein. But the Eagles responded with seven runs off reliever Stephanie Olivas in bottom of the inning, when the winds caused both her and the Wildcat outfielders' problems.

The first problem came when Olivas tried to throw to first on a Herrera grounder to the mound just when a 50 mph gust of wind hit the field. That sailed the ball down the right field line, allowing Marquez, who had singled and stole second base, to score. Wein and Salcido then blooped singles into the wind for another run, Galindo followed with a two-run double and later scored on a Contreras ground out, Tiana Terry walked and scored on an error by Nellie Ortiz at second base on Jessica Rodriguez' grounder and Rodriguez then stole second and scored on two more Fabens errors.

Herrera came on to pitch the fifth inning for Pecos. She had shut Fabens down last month, when the Eagles' rallied for a 15-5 win, and this time the Wildcats did better against the freshmen, collecting three hits and two runs. But they were unable to keep the game going, as she struck out Garcia to end the game under the 10-run rule and get both teams and the handful of fans at the game out of the wind and dust.

The victory improved Pecos' record to 7-0 in district, 9-8 on the season, while Fabens fell to 4-3 and 9-11 overall. The Eagles _Wildcats game was the only one to be played Tuesday, as high winds cancelled the other two District 2-4A softball games, as well as all three scheduled 2-4A baseball games, including Pecos' home game against San Elizario.

That game will be made up at 2 p.m. today, while no word was available on the other scheduled make-up games. Because of Good Friday, all teams already have games set for Thursday, with Pecos' girls going to Canutillo while the boys travel to Clint.

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