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for Pecos Country of West Texas
April 20, 2001
Pecos looking for unbeaten softball mark
PECOS, April 20, 2001 - The Pecos Eagles will be looking to complete their
first undefeated district season this afternoon, when the close out regular
season play with a 4 p.m. game at Martinez Field against the San Elizario
Pecos will be trying to finish 10-0 in district and go undefeated at
home in 2-4A play for the third year in a row, while San Elizario still
has a chance to finish second in district play if they can come away with
a victory this afternoon. The host Eagles are 12-9 on the season while
the visiting Eagles are 10-10, and tied for second with Clint at 6-3 in
"Our last district loss (at home) was to Andrews," coach Tammy Walls
said. That was back in 1998 during the Eagles' first season of varsity
softball play, when they went 0-10 in district. The Eagles have lost once
during district play in each of the past two season.
Pitcher Alexa Marquez took the loss against Andrews as a freshman, and
is one of two varsity players remaining from that first-year team. She
got the win in the Eagles' last home game, their wind-plagued 15-4 win
over Fabens on Apr. 10, and pitched the first two innings this past Tuesday,
when Pecos won at El Paso Mountain View by a 14-4 score.
Stephanie Herrera went the final five innings in that game, and pitched
the first game against San Elizario, when the Eagles posted a six-inning,
Pecos already has clinched a first round playoff bye, which will keep
them from facing either Andrews, the District 4-4A runner-up, or district
champion Big Spring in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs. The Eagles
will face either the third place team from 4-4A or the second place team
from District 3-4A in the area round, probably on May 1 at a site to be
determined. Before then, Walls said she's hoping to get a practice game
scheduled for next week, possibly against Monahans.
Comebacks fail Eagles against `Cats
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, April 20, 2001 - After living dangerously for their first four
District 2-4A home games, the Pecos Eagles finally paid the price Thursday
evening against the Fabens Wildcats.
The Eagles, who won their first four district home games despite blowing
four-run and five-run leads in two games, and falling behind by four and
five runs in the two others, were shut down by the Wildcats' defense and
pitcher J.R. Ontiveros through the first five innings of Tuesday's game.
The Eagles did cut a 3-0 lead to 3-2 in the sixth, but then allowed Fabens
to get back both those runs in the top of the seventh and lost by a 5-3
"They played a we didn't. We made too many mistakes in too many innings,
and they made the plays," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams, whose team
fell into a tie for first with San Elizario going into their 5 p.m. game
today at Canutillo. "We hit the ball right at them and they made the plays."
Five times in the game the Eagles got either their first or second hitter
of the inning on base, only to see the next batter up hit a shot right
at a Fabens player. Ontiveros converted a hard grounder by Alex Garcia
into a double play in the first inning, shortstop Tury Cleto did the same
with a Richard Rodriguez grounder in the third almost turned two on a Joey
Ortega grounder in the fourth, while center fielder Omar Madrid hauled
in line drives by Mason Abila with one on and one out in the fifth and
with one on and none out in the seventh.
All that spoiled Pifi Montoya's first pitching appearance in over a
year. The senior allowed two runs, one earned, and only one hit in four-plus
innings of work, leaving after walking Jose Saucedo to lead off the fifth.
"He did a good job pitching, but he got a little tired," Williams said.
Montoya left trailing 1-0 thanks to his own throwing error to first base
on an Ontiveros grounder with two outs in the third inning. It scored Humberto
Alvarez, who had singled and went to second on a passed ball by Mason Abila.
Barney Rodriguez came on for Montoya in the fifth, and wasn't as effective
at the outset, while also being hurt by the Eagles' defensive lapses. He
struck out Marcos Ornelas, but then saw Madrid single to left field and
Alvarez bounce one past Angel Villalobos at third base and down the left
field line. That scored Saucedo, and Mendoza came home when leftfielder
Matthew Levario misplayed the ball in the corner for an error.
Pecos' best chance to score in the early innings failed when Villalobos
lost track of the outs and failed to run from first base on David Elkins'
double to left-center field in the second inning. He had to hold at third
and Ontiveros then got Levario to pop out to Ornelas at second base to
end the inning.
Villalobos and Elkins were involved in the Eagles' sixth inning rally,
when Fabens' defense finally gave Pecos an opening in the sixth, though
both runs were earned.
Villalobos walked to lead off the inning, and pinch runner Daniel Terrazas
went to third on a bad pickoff throw by Ontiveros. He scored on Montoya's
ground out before Elkins hit his second home run of the season, a solo
shot to left to make it 3-2.
Errors by Cleto and catcher Jose Quezada helped score Garcia with two
outs in the seventh, but by then the Eagles' own errors had given Fabens
back their two-run lead. Manuel Cadena walked, and after a passed ball
and wild pitch, scored on a Madrid sacrifice fly. Barney Rodriguez then
hit Alvarez with a pitch and the freshman went all the way to third on
a stolen base and wild pitch, then scored when Villalobos threw away Ontiveros'
slow bouncer to third.
The loss snapped Pecos' 12 game winning streak and clinched a playoff
spot for Fabens. The Eagles are now 6-1 in district, 15-6 overall, while
the Wildcats are 5-2, 10-10 overall going into their game at home today
against San Elizario.
"Hopefully we'll come down off our high horses now and realize we've
got to go out and play," said Williams, who plans to start Barney Rodriguez
today against Canutillo, which blew a 5-0 lead in Pecos earlier this month
and lost to the Eagles by a 7-5 score.
Bears' Lozano wins first at qualifiers' meet
PECOS, April 20, 2001 - Balmorhea's Billy Lozano came away with a first
place finish on Thursday, during a regional qualifier's meet held at Crane
Coach Gary Gallego said Lozano took first in the discus competition
with a 131-foot-11 throw, and was also third in the shot put, going 41-10.
The discus effort was his best of the season, while the shot put throw
was about 3½ feet short of his 44-4 toss on April 12 at Wink, when
he placed third in the Class A section tournament and earned a trip to
the Region I-A meet next weekend in Levelland.
"Billy's coming around real well. He didn't like the (discus) ring over
there, but he still threw his best of the season," Gallego said
Gallego said about eight Class A, 2A and 3A teams were at the Crane
meet, and he was able to take two of his three regional qualifiers. Logan
Humphries finished fourth in the high jump, while discus qualifier Jourmain
Matta was already up in Levelland, for the UIL Class A academic regionals
Humphries jumped 5-foot-8 on Thursday, the same height that earned him
a regional berth last week. "There were a couple of kids who beat him (at
Wink) that he finished ahead of. The only ones who beat him were a kid
from Ozona and a couple of kids from Crane," Gallego said.
"Logan's only been jumping for about a month now. The first time he
did it was around March 1, and he said next time he hopes he can get to
six feet," Gallego said.
Golf teams' goals differ at regionals
PECOS, April 20, 2001 - The goals are a little different for the Pecos
Eagles golf teams this coming Monday and Tuesday, when they compete in
the Region I-4A Tournament in San Angelo.
The boys will try to improve on their results both from last year at
regionals and from earlier this year at the Quicksand Golf Course, while
the odds are longer for Pecos to earn one of the two Class 4A state tournament
Pecos' girls, meanwhile, probably have never had a better chance to
earn a trip to state than this year, but to do so, they'll probably have
to battle a trio of other schools in the Region I-4A field, which traditionally
is the toughest regional in the state each year.
Pecos qualified both their `A' and `B' golf teams for regionals for
the third straight year, following the District 2-4A Tournament in Pecos
on April 9. But for regionals, coach Tina Hendrick is focusing on the `A'
team as having the best shot at earning a trip to Austin.
"If we can shoot what we shot at district over there (a 317 at district),
we can be competitive," she said. "The JV will be going down there to also
compete, and at the same time get a lot of experience."
Pecos finished fifth last season at regionals, when Snyder won the Region
I-4A title and Andrews was second. This year, Andrews figures to be the
regional favorite, while the Eagles will battle the Tigers, Southlake Carroll
and Granbury for the other state tournament berth.
In February, the Eagles placed fourth at the San Angelo Invitational
with a 737 score, while Andrews won with a 672 score and Southlake Carroll
was third, with a 726 total. One of the tournament's two rounds was at
the Riverside Country Club, where next week's tournament will be held.
The boys played one round earlier this season at Quicksand Golf Course
during San Angelo Invitational play, and ended up in 20th place
overall. Last season, the boys' teams were 14th and 15th
at regionals and at district on April 9, the `A' team beat out the `B'
team by eight strokes for the district title.
The top three scored at district came from the `B' team, but coach Kim
Anderson said he didn't plan on making any changes to his teams for regionals.
"The first five kids on the varsity have seen the course before. Hopefully,
they'll play it a little better this time," Anderson said. "Without a practice
round you don't get a chance to hit shots and see where they go."
"Hopefully, we'll pull everything together at one time, but there are
a lot of great teams, and we're still young," he added. "Our varsity is
two seniors and three sophomores," while the top three scores at district
all came from freshman players on the `B' team.
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