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April 23, 2001

Pecos' hitting luck improves in 11-5 victory

PECOS, April 23, 2001 - All the bad hitting luck the Pecos Eagles had in their loss to Fabens on Thursday carried over for one inning on Friday against the Canutillo Golden Eagles. But after falling behind by a 2-0 score, the Eagles came back to score in each of the next five innings and ended up winning by an 11-6 final score.

Pecos tied the game in the second inning off Julian Lopez, took a 4-2 lead in the third off Barney Rodriguez' two-run double and then scored five more times in the fourth, with Angel Villalobos' three-run home run the big hit of that inning. Canutillo then took advantage of a couple of Pecos mistakes to cut their 9-2 deficit to 9-5 in the bottom of the fourth, but the Eagles added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, while Rodriguez was able to shut down the Golden Eagles the rest of the way to improve his record to 6-0 on the season.

"We played real well, Barney did a good job and we played good defense," Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said. "We didn't hit it right at them, we hit it in the gaps this time."

The Eagles spend most of Thursday's game against Fabens watching the Wildcats turn hard-hit balls into outs. This time, that hurt the Eagles only in the first inning, when Alex Garcia hit into a double play after Richard Rodriguez reached base against Lopez to start the game.

"They turned a double play on us in the first inning, but you've just got to give them credit. We hit the ball hard, their kid made a good play and turned a double play," Williams said.

Canutillo had taken the lead on a walk to Carlos Torres, singles by Jesse Ramirez and Eddie Hita and a sacrifice by Paco Molinar. The Eagles tied the game after David Elkins was hit by a pitch, thanks to two wild pitches, an error by Ramirez on Matthew Levario's grounder and an RBI single by Richard Rodriguez.

In the second, Barney Rodriguez' go-ahead double scored Garcia and Mason Abila, while in the fourth Abila had a two-run double to score Garcia and Oscar Parada, and Villalobos hit his third home run of the season after Lopez walked Barney Rodriguez.

Canutillo got back into the game in the fifth with two outs, thanks to a throwing error, a passed ball and Torres' RBI double, but the Eagles got two runs back in the fifth and sixth innings, while Barney Rodriguez survived a two on none out jam in the sixth before closing things out with a relatively easy seventh inning.

"We made a couple of errors when they scored, but the kids kept their composure and came back and scored a couple more runs," Williams said.

The win improved Pecos' season record to 16-6 and kept them in a tie for first in the District 2-4A standings with San Elizario, which rallied on Friday to win at Fabens, 5-2. Pecos closes out regular season play this Friday at San Elizario, but before then will go to El Paso Mountain View for a 5 p.m. game on Tuesday. The Lobos remain winless on the season after their 14-4 loss to Clint on Friday.

Eagles survive late scare, finish district undefeated

Staff Writer

PECOS, April 23, 2001 - That perfect district record the Pecos Eagles were hoping for almost vanished with the wind Friday afternoon against the San Elizario Eagles.

Pecos was seemingly cruising along to their 10th District 2-4A victory in as many games, as they led the visiting Eagles by a 6-1 score after four innings at Martinez Field. But things got a lot more exciting for the host Eagle squad after that, as San Elizario fought back three times and had the tying runs on second and third base in the seventh inning before Pecos escaped with a 9-7 win.

"We were a little tight. We worked hard to have a perfect season, and we were a little nervous, and we knew San Eli would come in and play hard because they were playing for second place," said Eagles' coach Tammy Walls, whose team already had clinched their third straight district title going into Friday's game.

San Elizario had gotten their first two runners on in the game thanks to walks, then loaded the based with two outs in the first off pitcher Stephanie Herrera. But she was able to strike out Yadira Hernandez to end the inning, and for the next 3½ innings, everything pretty much went Pecos' way, even though the Eagles had their own strikeout problems with pitcher Valerie Soto.

Both she and Herrera ended up fanning nine batters, but Soto was hurt by walks and wild pitches throughout the game. In the first inning, she walked Kathy Maldonado and Rebecca Wein and hit Herrera with a pitch in-between, while Wein's walk came on a wild pitch ball four that scored Maldonado. Herrera and Wein then came home on Leslie Rodriguez' single to center field.

Rodriguez' hit was really the only solid shot the Eagles had off Soto in the early innings. They wasted a bloop double by Maldonado in the second, while in the third they scored two more times, on another bloop double by Wein, a walk to Ashley Salcido and a two run bloop single by Alexa Marquez.

San Eli had gotten on the scoreboard in t he top of the third on three hits and a bases-loaded walk by Herrera, but were down 6-1 in the fourth, when Maldonado walked, stole second and came all the way around on throwing errors by catcher Jessica Rivera and center fielder Diana Solis.

But things changed after that. Soto tripled to open the fifth inning, and both she and Hernandez scored when her hit to right field got past a diving Neftali Salgado for a home run, making it 6-3. That proved to be a popular play, because in the bottom of the fifth Rodriguez came up with an inside-the-park home run on the exact same play, as she bounced an eye-high pitch past Linda Aguilar to make it 7-3. But in the top of the sixth Aguilar did the same thing to new right fielder Bre'Ann Windham, this one for a ground-rule double to start the inning.

Herrera walked one batter then got two outs before Soto lifted a fly ball to right-center that Windham had bounce out of her glove. Two runs scored and April Valencia then doubled to left-center field, and the Eagles' lead was down to one run.

Herrera then got Hernandez to end the inning, and Maldonado would then reach on an infield hit, steal second and come around on a wild pitch to make it an 8-6 game. Herrera walked on that play and then was safe at second when shortstop Vicki Trevizo dropped a throw in a rundown, and Wein then singled to center to score Herrera.

Up by three and with none out, Pecos had a chance to score more, but Soto struck out the side, and then with one out in the seventh, Rivera walked and scored when Aguilar tripled to center field. Herrera then walked Audra Dominguez and wild pitched her to second, but Aguilar was unable to score on the play, and Herrera then got Solis for her ninth strikeout, and ended the game by getting Trevizo to ground out to Salcido at shortstop.

"We have three seniors, but we're still a young team," said Walls, as Herrera and both right fielders are all freshmen. "Their batters were having trouble catching up with her pitches, so I asked her to take something off of it, so if they did hit the ball it would go to center field or left field."

The win improved Pecos' overall record to 13-8, while San Elizario ended up in third place in District 2-4A with a 6-4 record, 10-11 overall. They'll face El Paso Parkland or El Paso Riverside in the bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs, while the Eagles will take a break until next week, when they'll begin play with an area round against either Andrews or Borger sometime between May 1 and May 5.

Youth softball deadline near, sign-ups for T-ball continue

PECOS, April 23, 2001 - Friday is the deadline for girls ages 7-12 to register for The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department youth softball program, while sign-ups continue for another month for the recreation department's youth T-ball program.

Registration fee for softball or T-ball is $10 per player and both parents must sign a form and bring their child's birth certificate when registering at the RCCRD office in the old Pecos High School gym.

The T-ball program is open to boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 7, with a deadline of May 24 to register.

For further information, call the recreation department at 447-9776.

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