Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, May 16, 2001
Eagles place 8 on all-district team
By JON FULBRIGHT
Eight members of the Pecos Eagles' 2001 varsity baseball team were
selected to the All-District 2-4A Baseball Team, seven of those being
selected to the first team squad.
The team was selected two weeks ago following completion and regular season
play and released on Saturday, after the Eagles were eliminated by Canyon
from the area round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Pitchers Barney Rodriguez and Angel Villalobos, catcher Mason Abila, infielders
Richard Rodriguez and Alex Garcia and outfielders David Elkins and Rigo
Ramirez were first team selections, and infielder Matthew Levario was a second
team pick in voting by the 2-4A coaches.
Eagles' coach Bubba Williams was also named co-Coach of the Year with
San Elizario's Jesse Munoz. Pecos beat out San Elizario by one game for the
district title, finishing with a 9-1 record in 2-4A play and 20-8 overall
after their three-game loss to Canyon at Big Spring this past weekend.
Abila led the Eagles in batting this season with a .417 average and lost
out by one vote to Fabens' J.R. Ontiveros for Most Valuable Player honors
in District 2-4A, Williams said. He led Pecos in triples with three, tied
with Villalobos for the team lead in home runs (3) and doubles (8) and had
25 RBI. The junior was named to the all-district team for the third straight
season and was the only repeat first-team selection for Pecos.
Villalobos went 6-1 on the mound this season and batted .300, while leading
the team in RBI with 27. The senior struck out 49 and walked 18 in 51 innings
of work, after missing all of last season due to injury.
Barney Rodriguez finished with an 8-1 record, stiking out 54 and walking
25 in 54 innings or work. The sophomore also led the team with a 2.92 earned
run average and battled .360 with 25 RBI.
Richard Rodriguez was named to the team at shortstop, though he split
his time between there and second base this season. Rodriguez batted .406
with 17 RBI.
Garcia led Pecos in runs scored this season with 36 and was second in
RBI with 26 while batting .393. The senior spent time at three different
positions this season, center field, second base and first base.
Elkins and Ramirez joined Rodriguez as the other sophomores on the first
team for the Eagles. Elkins batted .365 with 20 RBI and led the team in walks
with 28 while playing right field, while Ramirez split time between left
field and center field and hit .408, with 15 RBI.
Levario was the fourth Eagle sophomore named to the squad, as second team
third baseman. He batted .318 this season and hand 9 RBI while also playing
part-time in left field.
Unlike last year's senior-dominated team, underclassmen took up most of
the spots in the 2-4A squad this season. Aside from Ontiveros, a junior pitcher/catcher,
Fabens put freshman pitcher George Sanchez on the first team, and had one
senior selected, outfielder Humberto Nunez. Fabens finished third in 2-4A
and was beaten by El Paso Burges in the bi-district round of the Class 4A
playoffs, while runner-up San Elizario lost to El Paso Ysleta in the bi-district
San Elizario also had a freshman first-team selection, in outfielder Jose
Perez. Their other first team picks were junior pitcher Bo Solis, junior
second baseman Jose Herrera, and junior outfielder Angel Muela.
Clint had the only senior pitcher selected besides Villalobos, in Bobby
Morales, while junior David Medles was selected in the outfield and another
junior Mike Fierro, was named Newcomer of the Year.
Canutillo and El Paso Mountain View's first team selections were all seniors.
Canutillo put first baseman Manny Jimenez, third baseman Jesse Ramirez and
outfielder Eddie Hita on the squad, and Mountain View had only one selection,
outfielder Carlos Gonzales.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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